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Florida Gators score 11 runs in the eighth to beat Mississippi State

It took more than 40 minutes, six Mississippi State pitchers and the Florida Gators sent 16 batters to the plate but, when the dust settled, the Gators had an 11-3 lead in the top of the eighth after entering the frame with none.

Florida had just three hits and had only had two opportunities with a runner on second heading into the eighth inning, but the offensive explosion tied a record for most runs scored in a single inning in the SEC Tournament.

“It’s amazing. I love this team to death,” Jonathan India told Laura Rutledge after the game. “We have a lot of grit, a lot of heart...

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Florida Gators open SEC Tournament with win over Auburn

Six Florida Gators had struck out before JJ Schwarz lined a fastball into right field to start an eighth inning rally. A single and two walks later and the Gators pushed a run across the board when Christian Hicks’ bases loaded walk plated Schwarz to give Florida a 5-4 lead.

Michael Byrne came on in the ninth inning and closed the game out. The save was Byrne’s 14th of the season, a new Florida single season record.

The No. 1 seeded Gators received a first round bye in the SEC tournament and were presented with a trophy honoring their regular season co-SEC championship (split with...

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Wanted: Florida Gators Kick and Punt Returner

The Florida Gators are in desperate need of a kick and punt returner – so much so, that it may be one of their biggest question marks heading into the summer.

Under Jim McElwain and special teams coordinator Greg Nord, the Gators have struggled in the punt and kick return game. They have only returned one kick for a touchdown in the past two seasons, after having seven in the previous six seasons, and besides two touchdowns by Antonio Callaway on punt return in 2015, the Gators have little reason to be proud of the return game.

The Gators ranked 39th in kick return, lead mostly by...

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Florida Gators place six on All-SEC baseball team

The No. 4 Co-SEC Champion Florida Gators baseball team had six players earn All-SEC Honors on Monday afternoon but was shutout of the First Team recognition entirely.

Pitchers Alex Faedo and JJ Schwarz, catcher JJ Schwarz and outfielder Nelson Maldonado all earned Second Team All-SEC honors. Infielders Deacon Liput and Dalton Guthrie were named to the All-SEC Defensive team.

Michael Byrne made his first appearance on an All-SEC team. After earning the closer role for the Gators in the beginning of the season Byrne went on to tie the school record for saves in a season (13). Byrne led the...

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Florida Gators clinch share of SEC Championship

Trailing 2-0 on a brutally hot day in Gainesville, Nelson Maldonado’s three-run home run in the fourth inning propelled the No. 5 Florida Gators to a 6-4win over No. 6 Kentucky for a series win.

The win ensures that Florida (40-15/21-9 SEC) will be, at worst, a co-regular season SEC champion with LSU. The Tigers need to beat Mississippi State to tie Florida.

“I’ll watch (LSU-Mississippi State) but I’m going to kick back and relax,” Kevin O’Sullivan said with a chuckle. “It’s been a long year, a long year and today was hot. I’m gonna kick back, relax and enjoy the rest...

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Florida Gators flip the script, beat Kentucky 14-3

Mark Kolozsvary didn’t know it off the bat but he gave the ball a long look as he took off to first. Kentucky right fielder Tristan Pompey gave chase and leapt at the wall, hanging in the air for seconds before the ball glanced off his mitt and over the wall for a two-run home run. It gave the Florida Gators (39-15/20-9 SEC) a 2-0 lead on the way to a commanding 14-3 win to even the series a game apiece.

“I definitely didn’t thought that was a popup,” Kolozsvary said of the second inning home run. “I didn’t really think I got it all the way but then I looked up and the right...

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Kentucky draws even SEC with a big win over Florida Gators

After a slow start the No. 6 Kentucky Wildcats poured in on the No. 5 Florida Gators, taking the opening game of final series of the season 12-4.

Kentucky ( 38-16/19-9 SEC) clawed out 20 hits, tied for the most against a SEC opponent this season (South Carolina) and second most on the season. The win tied the Cats and Gators (38-15/19-9 SEC) atop the SEC, joined with LSU, who beat Mississippi State 3-1.

Alex Faedo started off the game in complete control. He gave up two singles in the first but left unscathed. He gave up two more singles in the second but stranded both runners. Faedo...

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Jim McElwain won’t discuss Antonio Callaway’s playing status

Speaking with reporters in St. Petersburg Jim McElwain addressed the recent misdemeanor possession of marijuana citation his star receiver Antonio Callaway received last weekend.

“Obviously there was some news that came out today about Antonio, that, guys, I’m just really disappointed. I’m aware of it and everything, and we’ll handle it accordingly,” McElwain told reporters prior to meeting with a Gator Club. “I’m just really...

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Antonio Callaway cited for marijuana possession

Florida Gators junior receiver Antonio Callaway was cited for misdemeanor possession of marijuana early Saturday morning.

Gainesville Police officers stopped a black Mercedes SUV for a seatbelt violation. Callaway was sitting in the back seat behind the driver. When the officer approached the vehicle he reported smelling the odor of marijuana. After asking Callaway to exit the vehicle officers found a bag of marijuana weighing approximately seven grams in Callaway’s front pocket. Another passenger, 40-year old Kendrick Lamount Williams was also found with marijuana on his person and both...

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Battery charges against Caleb Brantley dropped

A battery case against former Florida Gators defensive tackle Caleb Brantley has been dismissed.

On Wednesday the State Attorney’s office concluded that there was “insufficient evidence to sustain a conviction”, according to a media release.

“Having reviewed the matter, including interviewing the alleged victim and multiple other witnesses, it is apparent that there is no reliable evidence upon which an arrest or prosecution would be warranted or legally justified, and the sworn complaint is therefore being dismissed,” the State Attorney’s Office said in a press...

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Incredible run give Florida Gators a chance at SEC crown

Periodically in-between innings at McKethan Park the faces of the Florida Gators (52-16/19-10 SEC) will pop on the screen. In one of these short videos designed to give a unique look at the players, while keeping fans in the park engaged, senior Ryan Larson pops up. The senior, with his trademark smile, notes that he puts his left sock on before his right sock every game. “I don’t know why,” Larson says on the Jumbotron in right center, “It just happens that way.”

In a game full of superstitious players, there’s also a magic number, 20. The players may not know it but surely...

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Florida Gators fill vacancy on UAA staff, welcome Laird Veatch

The Florida Gators have filled its Executive Associate Athletics Director for Internal Affairs role with former Kansas State Deputy Director of Athletics, Laird Veatch.

Veatch fills the role that was vacated by Chip Howard in April. Howard spent 28 years in Florida’s Athletic Department. Veatch will start on July 1.

“Needless to say the impact of Chip leaving the UAA will be significant,” said Florida athletic director Scott Stricklin. “Chip’s been invaluable in assisting with my transition to Florida, and I’ll miss him as both a colleague and a friend.”

Veatch has...

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Florida Gators finish third-straight SEC weekend sweep

The No. 5 Florida Gators used 12 hits and three home runs to power a 10-5 win on Sunday, completing a three-game sweep of the Alabama Crimson Tide.

The win was Florida’s 10th consecutive league win since falling to 9-8 in the SEC after a loss to South Carolina back on April 21. Since that loss the Gators (38-14/ 19-8 SEC) are 12-1. They’ve won their last five SEC weekend series (Vanderbilt, South Carolina, Georgia, Ole Miss, Alabama)

Jackson Kowar, who has yet to lose a game in two seasons at Florida, fell behind quickly when Chandler Avant led the game off with a triple. Kowar got...

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Florida Gators stay hot with a 2-1 win over Alabama

With a 3-1 count in a tie game, Nelson Maldonado lofted a ball deep to center field, far enough to score Dalton Guthrie and give the Florida Gators a 2-1 in the top of the ninth. Florida’s win on Friday night was their eighth-straight SEC win, holding serve with Mississippi State, who beat Georgia 9-3, at the top of the SEC standings.

The Gators and Tide engaged in a pitching duel most of the night with Alex Faedo and Jake Walters dispatching hitters and throwing up zeros. Faedo retired the first batters he faced and Walters surrendered just one hit through six innings.

Alabama...

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The Florida Gators Five-Headed Running Back

I might as well come out say it, Jim McElwain may have more top-to-bottom talent at running back than the Florida Gators have, potentially, had at the position in the last few decades.

Sure, the Gators have had first-team All-Americans and All-SEC selections and right now, they don’t have any of those accolades.

But, if you look at the skillsets of the running back quintet, you have a group that is strong, quick, agile, powerful, and different. Jordan Scarlett is your power back, Mark Thompson is your potential out of the backfield passing threat, Lamical Perine brings...

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Florida Gators lose control in loss to USF

The No. 5 Florida Gators (35-14) dropped yet another midweek matchup on Tuesday, this time to No. 23 USF (38-10), as a lack of pitching depth reared its ugly head in the 15-10 loss. It was a game that head coach Kevin O’Sullivan referred to as “just one of those nights”.

Freshman RHP Garrett Milchin got the start on the mound and in the batting order against the Bulls, the first time a Florida player has done so since AJ Puk in 2014. USF set the tone early with a two-run homer off the bat of Joe Genord in the top of the first inning.

Milchin managed to make it out of the second...

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No. 7 Florida Gators hosting Ole Miss

The Florida Gators are just one game behind the Kentucky Wildcats in the SEC East with three weekends left in the college baseball season before the SEC Tournament. The Gators are coming off of a strong week, winners of their last six games, are looking to stay hot against

How to watch
Friday, 6:30 p.m. (SEC Network +)
Saturday, 6:30 p.m. (SEC Network +)
Sunday, 2 p.m. (SEC Network)

Pitching matchups
Fri: RHP Alex Faedo (6-1, 2.62 ERA) vs. RHP James McArthur (3-3, 3.08 ERA)
Sat: RHP Brady Singer (5-3, 2.09 ERA) vs. LHP Ryan Rolison (6-2, 1.84 ERA)
Sun: RHP Jackson Kowar (7-0, 3.90)...

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Hicks powers the Florida Gators to a win over JU

After falling into an early deficit the Florida Gators found power from an unlikely source on the way to a 6-2 win over the Jacksonville Dolphins on Wednesday night at McKethan Stadium.

Through the first 43 games of the season Christian Hicks had one home run. Hicks, a utility infielder, has been invaluable for Kevin O’Sullivan this season, playing all four infield positions while the team has battled through various injuries. He’s hit well, he just hadn’t hit for power. That changed this week. Hicks followed his home run against FAMU on Tuesday with two more on Wednesday, and it was...

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2017 NFL Draft: Caleb Brantley drafted by Browns

University of Florida defensive lineman Caleb Brantley became the seventh Florida Gators player taken in the 2017 NFL Draft when the Cleveland Browns selected him 185th overall in the sixth round.

Brantley came to Florida as the ninth rated defensive tackle in the country out of Crescent City High School. He redshirted in 2013 before finally seeing action and playing in all 12 games as a redshirt freshman.

When Jim McElwain and the new coaching staff took over in 2015, Brantley assumed a starting role. With 29 tackles and 6.5 tackles for loss, Pro Football Focus named him to Second Team...

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2017 NFL Draft: David Sharpe drafted by Raiders

University of Florida offensive lineman David Sharpe became the sixth Florida Gators player taken in the 2017 NFL Draft when the Oakland Raiders selected him 129th overall in the fourth round.

Sharpe came to Florida as a highly regarded offensive tackle out of Providence School in Jacksonville, Fla., and earned some playing time as a backup in the offensive line rotation as a freshman.

He earned a starting spot at left tackle as a sophomore in the 2015 season, starting 13 of 14 games. Sharpe was one of just two players to start every single game of the 2016 season for the...

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Walk this way: Florida Gators take game over over Georgia

The Florida Gators were down to their final strike in the top of the ninth inning. Four walks and a wild pitch later they held a 6-4 lead and sent Michael Byrne to the mound in the ninth inning. Byrne picked up his SEC best ninth save of the season as the Gators found a way to come back and take the opening game against Georgia.

The Gators (28-13/11-8 SEC) cruised through the first half of the game playing the SEC East cellar dweller Bulldogs (17-26/5-14 SEC). Alex Faedo, despite not having his best command, gave up just a pair of hits through the first two innings before settling...

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2017 NFL Draft: Alex Anzalone drafted by Saints

University of Florida linebacker Alex Anzalone became the fifth Florida Gators player taken in the 2017 NFL Draft when the New Orleans Saints selected him 76th overall in the third  round.

Anzalone was one of the biggest question marks of Florida’s draft eligible players this year. He had already graduated and while his talent was undeniable, his college career was plagued with injuries. So, would he stay one more year to try to increase his draft stock or was that too much of a risk?
In the end, he made the decision to forgo his final season of eligibility rather than risk his future...

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2017 NFL Draft: Quincy Wilson drafted by Colts

Quincy Wilson became the second former Florida Gators player selected in the 2017 NFL Draft when the Indianapolis Colts selected him with the 46th overall pick in the second round.

Wilson was a three-year starter for the Gators and was the only defensive player to start all 13 games for Florida in 2016. Wilson finished his career with 84 tackles; six interceptions and 14 pass breakups.

At 6-1, 211 pounds, Wilson represents the future of what cornerbacks look like in the NFL. He possesses a rare combination of size and speed and growing up the son of a coach has spent his entire life...

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2017 NFL Draft: Marcus Maye drafted by Jets

University of Florida safety Marcus Maye became the second Florida Gators player taken in the 2017 NFL Draft when the New York Jets selected him 39th overall in the second round.

The Melbourne, Fla., native had a lot of options coming out of Holy Trinity Episcopal Academy as the fifth rated safety in the country, but he ended up at Florida in 2012. He redshirted in his first season with the Gators.

Maye was a key player on special teams throughout his career and he got in the action as a part of Florida’s strong secondary unit early, playing in all 12 games and getting two starts at...

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2017 NFL Draft: Jarrad Davis drafted by Detroit Lions

The Florida Gators had to wait more than 20 picks but they continued a streak of having a player selected in the first round in 10 of the last 11 seasons when the Detroit Lions selected Jarrad Davis 21st overall.

Davis tallied 205 tackles during his four seasons with Florida, including 98 during his junior campaign. He also had 20 tackles for a loss; nine pass breakups, two forced fumbles, and 5.5 sacks.

"He's got the physical traits" NFL Network analyst Mike Mayock said following the selection. "He's today's NFL linebacker. He's tough, he's physical and has great sideline-to-sideline...

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Florida Gators could benefit from SEC rule change

The head coach of the Florida Gators football team is under a microscope. Jim McElwain knew that to be the case when he accepted the head-coaching job, he probably didn’t know, however, how deficient his roster of players would be in terms of depth.

In their first spring camp McElwain and his staff had to piece together an offensive line with barely enough scholarship offensive linemen to even have one full unit. McElwain turned then to the NCAA’s graduate transfer rule to help fill a need. The Gators also brought in Austin Appleby during McElwain’s second season, another graduate...

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Florida Gators baseball: “It was good to see a smile on his face again”

The Florida Gators baseball season is past the halfway point. It may seem like it’s flown by but for a struggling hitter watching fly balls turn into cans of corn, ground balls turn into double plays and his draft stock plummet like the Dow Jones in 2008, it can seem like purgatory.

JJ Schwarz entered what was surely to be his final season in Gainesville ready to make a splash. Everybody remembers the freshman that hit .332 with an incredible 18 home runs. Schwarz helped lead that Gators team to the College World Series that year and his “ceiling” seemed far to0 high to be seen or...

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Alex Faedo named SEC Pitcher of the Week

Florida Gators junior pitcher Alex Faedo was named SEC Pitcher of the Week.

You wouldn’t have known it watching Faedo scream into his mitt after he was taken out with two outs in the top of the ninth but Faedo was exiting a gem. The junior was quick to note that that he does have a complete game under his belt, “a cheap 7-inning one” he recalled about his performance last year against Mississippi State in the 2016 SEC Tournament.

Faedo threw 8.2 innings against South Carolina, striking out 9 to just 3 hits...

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Florida Gators take series in grand fashion

It was déjà vu all over again on Saturday afternoon.

The Gators loaded the bases with nobody out on Friday night but couldn’t push a run across the plate. Trailing 5-3 on Saturday afternoon the Gators loaded the bases with no outs again. Florida had managed just one run, on a ground ball double play, with bases loaded and no outs in the second inning on Saturday as well.

JJ Schwarz walked up to the plate. The Gators were hitting just 2-21 (.095) and one RBI with runners in scoring position. Schwarz was just 2-8 on the weekend himself.

“We’ve been struggling with the bases...

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Florida Gators vs South Carolina Gamecocks photo gallery

Gator Country’s photo gallery from the Florida Gators 4-2 loss to the South Carolina Gamecocks on Friday, April 21, 2017.

To view a photo, click a thumbnail. Once it opens up, you can click right or left of the photo to go to the next one. Enjoy!

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