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Florida Baseball Looks To Take Top Spot In SEC East Against South Carolina This Weekend

The Florida baseball team (21-12) travels to No. 4 South Carolina this weekend for a three game series in Columbia.  The winner of the series could take the outright lead in the SEC East.  The Gators are feeling confident heading into the match up, carrying an undefeated record against top five teams this season.

The hot hand of freshman Logan Shore will get the start for the Gators Friday night.  Shore has been dominant in his last few appearances.  Last Saturday against Kentucky, Shore went 7.0 scoreless innings allowing just three hits in the game.  Shore is 3-1 on the year with a 1.15 ERA.

In opposition to the Florida freshman will be 6 foot 5 lefty Jordan Montgomery.  Montgomery has started eight games for the Gamecocks this season earning four wins on a 3.83 ERA.

The Florida offense will look to pick up right where they left off this week.  The Gators had nine different batters earn a hit in route to an 8-0 defeat of No. 1 Florida State Tuesday night.  John Sternagel has been a pleasant surprise for the Gators since taking over at third base.  Since March 25th he’s batting .341.  The Gators have also hit four homers in their last four games. 

Florida swept Carolina in 2013, winning all three games of the series played at Mckethan Stadium.  Florida head coach Kevin O’Sullivan is 13-10 against the Gamecocks and 5-4 on the road. 

First pitch is set for 7 Friday night, tune into Country 103-7 The Gator at 6:55pm where Steve Russell and Jeff Cardozo will get the call.   

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