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OMAHA, Neb. — Kevin O’Sullivan is the last of the Florida Gators still in TD Ameritrade. The players and the rest of his staff have retreated to the team bus that will take the Gators back to their hotel.
He's not in a rush. The bus isn't going to leave him at the stadium like he were Lane Kiffin.
For just the third time in 11 trips Florida is 2-0 in Omaha. O’Sullivan has gotten 14 innings from his starting pitchers including 20 strikeouts to just one earned run. He’s only had to use three pitchers out of the bullpen.
It’s a dream scenario but O’Sullivan,...
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OMAHA, Neb. — There is no greater stage in College baseball than TD Ameritrade Park and the College World Series. The pressure of just stepping between the white lines can make a game you’ve played your entire life feel foreign and make your knees weak.
Then, when you’re stacked like the Florida Gators were in 2016, after you’ve beat up on every opponent you’ve faced all season people start talking. The guys out in the Las Vegas desert make you a favorite. Reporters’ questions come in bigger than softballs, praise is heaped on you and you start to listen to it....
Read the rest here: Florida Gators revelling their underdog role in College World Series
OMAHA, Neb — Austin Langworthy knew he hit it well but he’d never hit a home run to the opposite field in a park like TD Ameritrade so he put his head down and hustled to first. The ball kept carrying before it found the left field foul pole for a home run.
The Gators came into the College World Series with 50 home runs on the season but they added two more to power past Louisville 5-1 and advance to the bracket two championship game.
“That was a little different than running around the bases in Gainesville or anywhere else,” Langworthy said. “It’s a big...
Read the rest here: Brady Singer dominates for Gators in win over Louisville
OMAHA, Neb. — Jim Schlossnagle has seen a lot of baseball in his 27 years as a coach. The performance he watched from Alex Faedo on Sunday was unlike anything he’d seen before.
Faedo had made 50 appearances in three years at Florida so Schlossnagle and the TCU Horned Frogs has a book on the junior hurler. It just, as Schlossnagle put it, didn’t matter.
“Having a game plan and executing against a great pitcher are two different things,” he said.
The canvas for one of Faedo’s masterpieces starts blank. He was the last Gator out of the clubhouse on Sunday. He...
Read the rest here: Florida’s Rembrandt: Alex Faedo finishes his latest masterpiece
OMAHA, Neb. — The Florida Gators players didn’t know it, but a loss to TCU on Sunday night would have been their fourth in a row at the College World Series.
That would have tied a record that you don’t want your name associated with.
“Last year was close, those two teams just grinded out victories,” Sunday night starter Alex Faedo said. “It just feels a lot better starting off 1-0.”
Getting to Omaha is great. Freshman Austin Langworthy called it “a dream” and admitted that he had nerves heading into his first game under the bright lights of Omaha....
Read the rest here: Florida Gators end three-game CWS skid with win over TCU
OMAHA, Neb — Alex Faedo walked out of the Florida Gators locker room after everyone else had already spilled out and onto the field. The junior sat quietly before going through his normal pre-game routine. Nobody talked to the stone-faced ace as he sat alone in the dugout or as he warmed up in the left field bullpen.
TCU didn’t have anything to say to Faedo either.
Florida’s ace was unhittable early as the Florida Gators beat TCU 3-0 to open their run at the College World Series.
“I try to pitch big in big games,” Faedo told Gator Country. “I guess...
Read the rest here: Florida Gators blank TCU to open College World Series run
Coming off back-to-back SEC East Championships Jim McElwain was given a contract extension through January 2023. The one-year extension brings his average annual salary over the six-year contract up to $4.486 million (from $4.1645) annually. McElwain is 19-8 (13-3 SEC) in two seasons at Florida.
Head basketball coach Mike White was also given a one-year contract extension through 2023. White, who is 48-24 (23-13 SEC) and just led the Gators to the Elite Eight, had his total contract reach $16,275,000 over six years, giving him an average annual salary of $2,712,500.
“Both Coach Mac and...
Read the rest here: Jim McElwain, Mike White given contract extensions
The Florida Gators punched their ticket to Omaha, Nebraska and the College World Series for the 11th time in School history, the sixth time in the last eight years and the third season in a row.
The Gators are one of five National Seeds to make it to Omaha, joining (1) Oregon State, (4) LSU, (6) TCU and (7) Louisville.
Let’s take a look at the field that the Gators will face off against when they get to Omaha, the full schedule for the College World Series and the TV/Broadcast information.
SCHEDULE (all times Eastern Standard)
Saturday, June 17
Game 1: 3 PM -...
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Brady Singer was livid and the ESPN cameras caught most of it on Sunday afternoon. Singer, and the Florida Gators, had a right to be.
The sophomore was forced into action on Saturday after rain chased Alex Faedo from the opening game of the Gainesville Super Regional. Singer threw four innings of two-hit, shutout ball before handing it off to Michael Byrne. Byrne would blow the save, leaving Singer out of the decision. Singer had another opportunity to come back and pitch in the Super Regional, but rain forced him off the mound after two innings and a ticket to Omaha on the line.
Read the rest here: Dyson’s performance propels Florida Gators back to College World Series
After three years at the University of Florida pitcher Alex Faedo realized a childhood dream when he was selected 19th overall in the 2017 MLB Draft. Faedo was drafted in the 40th round (1,210 overall) by the Tigers in 2014.
As the 18th overall selection Faedo is slotted to sign a contract worth $3.2 million dollars.
Faedo’s career .813 winning percentage (26-6) is fourth all-time at Florida among pitchers with at least 20 decisions. He also ranks third-all time in strikeouts.
“The thing that separates Alex from maybe most people in his position is he’s been able to handle all...
Read the rest here: Alex Faedo drafted in the first round of the MLB Draft
The Florida Gators and Wake Forest Demon Deacons will resume play of the Gainesville Super Regional on Monday at 1:04 p.m. due to an extensive rain delay during Game Two on Sunday. After nearly five innings of play, a storm that spread across the state of Florida halted the game.
The Gators were trailing the Deacons 5-4 at the time the delay began.
Florida, the away team for the day, took its biggest blow of the game in the bottom of the first inning. Starting pitcher Jackson Kowar was not bringing his best stuff on the mound, and the strong offense of Wake Forest took full advantage of...
Read the rest here: Florida Gators second Super Regional game suspended until Monday
Florida Gators redshirt freshman quarterback Kyle Trask will have surgery Wednesday to repair a torn meniscus, sources told Gator Country.
Trask is expected to be sidelined 4-6 weeks after surgery, but should be back in time for the start of fall camp. Trask injured the knee late in spring camp, approximately two weeks ago, and played the Orange and Blue Debut last Friday with the injured knee.
Trask has been battling fellow redshirt freshman Feleipe Franks for the starting quarterback job. The two split reps throughout spring camp before Franks started to receive more of the first team...
Read the rest here: Florida Gators quarterback to have surgery
After taking losses on Friday and Saturday, Florida Gators reliever Michael Byrne got another chance on Sunday. Byrne recorded the final six out of Florida’s 5-4 win on Sunday, avoiding what would have been a devastating sweep at home to Tennessee.
Florida jumped out to a quick lead in the second inning when Nelson Maldonado walked and moved to second when Christian Hicks hit a one-out single to right. Nick Horvath drew his first of two walks on the afternoon to load the bases and Deacon Liput beat out what would have been an inning-ending 5-3 double play to allow Maldonado to...
Read the rest here: Florida Gators avoid sweep, take series finale vs Tennessee
Benito Santiago line a ball into the left center gap and Justin Ammons rounded third. Ryan Larson got a good jump and was able to cut the ball off before it reached the outfield wall. In one fluid motion, Larson scooped the ball, turned his body around and fired a strike to Dalton Guthrie, who was six steps onto the outfield grass. Guthrie mishandled the transition and Ammons scored to give Tennessee a 3-2 lead in the tenth.
That may have been the nail in the coffin for the game and series, but it wasn’t the Gators shot themselves in the foot before the tenth inning with base running and...
Read the rest here: Baserunning blunders sink Florida Gators
The Monday before the Orange and Blue Debut Jim McElwain told reporters there had been some separation in the Florida Gators quarterback race. With Luke Del Rio sidelined this spring due to injury the battle came down to Feleipe Franks and Kyle Trask.
The separation that McElwain eluded two was quickly apparent when Franks trotted out with the first team offense for the first series. Franks did this again three more times before McElwain and offensive Doug Nussmeier pulled their presumed starter, leaving the rest of the game in the hands of Trask and freshman Kadarius Toney.
Read the rest here: Feleipe Franks takes the lead in Gators QB race
Tyrie Cleveland enrolled at Florida with a buzz and hype surrounding him typically reserved for a quarterback. The four-star receiver shined at Westfield High School in Houston, Texas and torched the nation’s best cornerbacks at the Under Armour All-American game. His combination of size and speed had Florida Gators fans, starving for offense, drooling at the potential.
Then he hit a speed bump. First, a hamstring injury limited his participation in practice and then an off the field incident put his name in headlines in the wrong way.
“Coming in I was expected to do a lot more,”...
Read the rest here: Tyrie Cleveland more comfortable, poised to breakout
Jordan Scarlett’s hair was shorter, his biceps didn’t bulge under his jersey but JaJuan Seider liked what he saw.
Scarlett was an eighth grader and Seider, a South Florida native, was back close to home recruiting for Marshall, where he served as the Herd’s running backs coach and recruiting coordinator.
Seider moved on to West Virginia, but he continued recruiting Scarlett, who bounced his commitment from FAU to Miami and ultimately Florida. Seider never gave up, because, well, shooters shoot and Seider isn’t afraid to get a “no” as long as he went down trying.
Read the rest here: Jordan Scarlett taking on “alpha” role for Gators
JaJuan Seider walked off of the Florida practice field. Despite the near 90 degree heat the Florida Gators running backs coach has long sleeves under a windbreaker, but not a bead of sweat.
It’s been a whirlwind month for Seider. He was inducted in the Palm Beach County Hall of Fame for his playing days at Glades Central High School. He also, finally, joined a university he had always dreamed of coaching at, yet, had turned down several times.
“Well I did get picked,” Seider said of the times Florida coaches Will Muschamp and Jim McElwain has come calling when they had coaching...
Read the rest here: JaJuan Seider hit the ground running with the Florida Gators
Tim Skipper probably knew the conversation was coming even before Jim McElwain asked to speak to him. He’s in tuned with how volatile the coaching circuit is and he undoubtedly had read or heard the reports that the Florida Gators were interested in bringing JaJuan Seider on to its staff.
When the time finally came to meet with McElwain and discuss moving from coaching running backs to coaching linebackers, it wasn’t much of a conversation.
“I’m happy to be a Gator,” Skipper said after practice on Wednesday. “I said that when I first came here. It doesn’t matter what I’m...
Read the rest here: Florida Gators lucky to have versatile coach like Tim Skipper
Every morning that Antonneous Clayton wakes up he’s thinking about what has to be done that day. There are weights, class, film and practice and, of course, he has to eat.
Clayton arrived at Florida a heralded five-start prospect but at 215 pounds he wasn’t anywhere near where he needed to be to play defensive line in the Southeastern Conference.
“I wasn’t that SEC body that I wanted to have,” he said Monday. “I was highly ranked but when I got here those stars didn’t mean nothing. I still had a huge learning curve.”
Clayton was a star lineman for Dooley County High...
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He’d be one of the first to admit it. When it was his time to get in and play during the 2016 Orange and Blue Debut his head was still spinning. The playbook, the new faces, everything about playing quarterback at this level was still overwhelming to Feleipe Franks.
Franks, a highly sought after recruit, threw three interceptions before fining C’yontai Lewis for the game’s final touchdown late in the fourth quarter. It was a disastrous introduction to a fan base that was eagerly anticipating its first glimpse at their freshman quarterback.
“I think it was a case of...
Read the rest here: Feleipe Franks has “come along way” since last O&B game
GatorCountry brings you a new podcast as we're joined by Zach Hughes who helps us recap the Florida Gators basketball team's Sweet 16 berth, plus preview the game against Wisconsin.
Andrew Spivey and Nick de la Torre ask Hughes what it's going to take for the Gators to beat Wisconsin and also how the Gators big men are playing lately.
Andrew and Nick also recap the Florida Gators football team's latest practices, plus how the diamond sports did this past weekend on the road.
Andrew: What’s up, Gator Country? Your man, Andrew...
Read the rest here: Sweet 16 preview and more for the Florida Gators: Podcast
Enrolling at college early is a sacrifice but it’s a move that is already paying dividends for several new Florida Gators.
They should be enjoying the last few months of high school, getting ready for prom and hanging out with their friends but instead graduated high school early and are cramming in the film room, studying a new playbook and sweating next to a new group of friend out on the practice field in Gainesville.
On Monday Jim McElwain singled out Kemore Gamble and Kadeem Telfort as two freshmen that are taking advantage of the head start they earned themselves over the rest of...
Read the rest here: Florida Gators early enrollees earning early praise
Josh Hammond is fresh off the field following Florida’s first spring practice. It’s the first time he’s done media since arriving at Florida because Jim McElwain doesn’t make freshmen available to the media but Hammond already knows there will be a certain line of questioning.
His brother, who was in attendance for both of Florida’s first two spring practices, Frankie Hammond appeared in 48 games (19 starts) during his career in Gainesville. He had 63 career receptions for 809 yards and six touchdowns. Josh chose Florida over a number of schools and has been answering questions...
Read the rest here: Josh Hammond ready to make a name for himself
Austin Langworthy watched the first two offerings from Ethan Abrams sail out of the zone. Sitting on a 2-0 count he was looking for one pitch and Abrams was willing to oblige.
Langworthy turned on a fastball, launching a no-doubter into the night sky over the netting that is in place to protect the street behind right field and into the parking lot of Keys Complex — the first run of a 7-0 win for the Florida Gators (8-2) over Columbia (0-1).
“That one was far,” starting pitcher Alex Faedo (2-0) said after the game. “I’ve seen Deacon (Liput) hit them like that. I don’t know if...
Read the rest here: Faedo, Langworthy lead Florida Gators past Columbia
It may have just been the first day of spring practice and the players weren’t in pads but Jim McElwain noticed something present that had been missing in his first two seasons.
“We've got Florida speed out there,” McElwain noted.
Urban Meyer made his intentions clear when he arrived in Gainesville. He wanted the fastest team in the country and he set forth to achieve just that. During those years the Gators won two National Championships and boasted one of, if not the, fastest teams in the country.
In the six years since Meyer left the Gators they haven’t been able to...
Read the rest here: McElwain boasts that Gators have “Florida speed”
The Florida Gators coaching staff could hardly contain their excitement when Dre Massey enrolled prior to the 2016 season. The junior college transfer has a wide range of skills and Jim McElwain and Doug Nussmeier were itching to give the Gators’ offense a new wrinkle.
Massey played quarterback in high school. He famously scored 11 touchdowns — eight rushing — in a 83-70 win in high school. Massey can run, throw and catch. He was going to play special teams and have packages tailored to him.
However, the best laid plans of mice and men often go awry.
Massey tore his ACL on the...
Read the rest here: Florida Gators’ playbook grows with addition of Massey
Gator Country brings you a new podcast as we recap what Jim McElwain said about the Florida Gators heading into spring practice next Tuesday.
Andrew Spivey and Nick de la Torre break down exactly what McElwain said about the Gators newcomers, plus the quarterback position.
Andrew and Nick also preview the Florida Gators basketball game against Kentucky, plus baseball and softball previews for the weekend.
Andrew: What’s up, Gator Country? Your man, Andrew Spivey, here with Nicholas de la Torre. Nicholas, Coach Mac speaks on...
Read the rest here: Florida Gators spring practice notes from McElwain: Podcast
When the Florida Gators open spring practice on Tuesday all eyes will be glued to who lines up behind starting center T.J. McCoy. The Florida Gators will enter spring football camp with a quarterback battle on their hands. What separates the two quarterbacks that will compete for the starting job?
"They're close. They're real close. There's probably about a half-inch difference between them, I think,” McElwain joked. “I don't know. Kadarius is smaller, though."
McElwain will give early enrollee Kadarius Toney a chance to play quarterback this spring. Toney was told during his...
Read the rest here: What McElwain wants from Florida Gators starting quarterback
Two time All-SEC defensive tackle Ian Scott is returning home to join the Florida Gators staff as a graduate assistant, Jim McElwain announced on Tuesday afternoon.
"We are excited to have Ian back home in Gainesville,” McElwain said in a released statement. “His understanding of what it means to be a Gator and the plan needed to be successful will be invaluable to our players."
Scott had a standout career at Gainesville High School where he was named to the 5A First Team All-State following his junior (1998) and senior (1999) seasons. He accepted a scholarship to the University of...
Read the rest here: Florida Gators add Ian Scott as graduate assistant