The Florida Gator baseball team will wrap up its five game home-opening stretch against North Florida (2-1) tonight at McKethan Stadium.
The Gators will try to build off of their 5-1 win Tuesday night over UCF, before they travel for a three game series against Miami.
Florida leads the all-time series that began in 2006 against UNF, 7-6. However, the Ospreys are known to give the Gators a run for their money, having beaten them five times when they were nationally ranked. They defeated the Gators on their own turf back in 2012 when Florida was the number one team in the nation and last year when the two met, each team walked away with a win.
Both teams are coming off of weekend series wins, with both teams not struggling to put runs on the board. Florida gathered 19 runs and 21 hits in their first three games, while UNF scored 16 runs with 31 hits.
Gator coach Kevin O’Sullivan thinks the Gators are improving offensively.
“We are getting really close offensively, and I’ve been seeing better swings and once we kind of get everyone going we are going to be a really good offensive club. It’s just really early in the year and the pitching just seems to always be ahead of the hitting this time of year,” O’Sullivan said.
On the mound, Florida’s earned run average is better than that of UNF, and O’Sullivan says even though we have seen a lot of new faces pitchingm more could be coming.
“We’ve got some younger guys that haven’t touched the mound yet, we’ve got some talented guys. Dunning (Dane)has thrown 2/3 of an inning; Shaun Anderson hasn’t touched the mound yet. We’ve got a lot of pitching left. We’ve got some left handed match up guys with (Kirby) Snead and (Tyler) Deel; we’ve got some options.”
Catch live coverage of the game on ESPN 850 WRUF beginning at 6:50. The first pitch is set for 7 from McKethan Stadium.
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