The No. 20 ranked Florida Gator baseball team will host the Florida Atlantic Owls tonight after wrapping up a perfect 4-0 week that included a win over No. 1 Florida State and a three-game weekend sweep of No. 4 LSU.
Righty Karsten Whitson (1-0, 5.65) will make his first career appearance against FAU, making it his fifth start of the season on the mound for the Orange and Blue.
Florida shined offensively this past weekend, including top hitters John Sternagel with a .333 clip (3-for 9), while Justin Shafter went 3-for-6 (.500) and scored four runs. Multiple RBI contributors included freshman Peter Alonso (3), junior Mike Fahrman (2), and sophomore Richie Martin (2).
The Gator bullpen improved to 14-2 with 12 saves and a 2.39 ERA and now has 114 strikeouts in 132 innings.
The Gators have captured 20 of the 26 meetings against the Owls, including a 5-1 record under head coach Kevin O’Sullivan. Florida dominated their last meeting on May 7, 2013 with a 7-1 victory over FAU. The Gators hold a five-game winning streak in the series since dropping a close 7-6 finish on March 4, 2009.
Listen in to ESPN 850 WRUF for live coverage beginning at 6:55. First pitch is set for 7pm.