The Florida Gator baseball team will play a weekend home series against the Tennessee Volunteers starting on Friday. The Gators are 23-19 on the season and 10-8 in SEC play, while the Vols are 17-22 on the season and 5-13 in SEC play.
Gator sophomore catcher Taylor Gushue says Tennessee’s record doesn’t mean they won’t be tough competitors.
Florida is 3-3 on series in the SEC, while Tennessee is 2-4 in its SEC series. In common opponents between the Gators and Vols, Florida is 3-2 while Tennessee is 2-3. The Vols were swept by South Carolina in the first weekend of April, but the Gamecocks traveled to Gainesville the following week and were swept by the Gators.
Florida is 9-1 in their last 10 games. The Gators have played the toughest schedule in the nation, with opponents sporting a combined record of 1,045-538 (.660).
Gushue talks about how they will approach the final games of the season.
Tennessee has not defeated Florida in Gainesville since May 19, 2007 when it beat the Gators 11-7 for the series victory. Florida has taken four of the last five meetings with Tennessee, including a series victory in the rubber match in Knoxville last season.
The weekend pitching rotation is as follows:
Gator Head Coach Kevin O’Sullivan says he is still deciding on the final two starters.
Gator closer Johnny Magliozzi, tied for second in the SEC in saves, says they can rely on the bullpentoo if needed.
Game times for the weekend are 7PM on Friday, and Saturday and 1PM on Sunday. You can hear all the action with live coverage on the diamond at McKethan Stadium by tuning into Country 103-7 The Gator five minutes before each game begins.