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MLB Recap

By on April 25th, 2015

The Miami Marlins head back home after a 4-6 road trip in Atlanta, New York, and Philadelphia.

The Marlins were able to turn their road trip around after dropping four games to the Mets as they took two games against the Philadelphia Phillies. They beat the Phillies 6-1 Wednesday night and 9-1 Thursday afternoon. Marlins manager Redmond said the hitting has to come around.

“We need big at-bats. We need big hits in big situations and with guys in scoring position. We knew they were going to come, it was just a matter of when.”

The offense seemed to click and so did the pitching. Jarred Cosart threw six innings and only gave up one run Wednesday; David Phelps threw seven shutout innings on Thursday.

“When we’re able to get deeper into games it takes pressure off of everybody,” Redmond said.

The Marlins will now open a series against the Washington Nationals in Marlins Park. Mat Latos (0-3. 10.24 ERA) will be on the mound for the Marlins and the Nationals will counter with Jordan Zimmermann (1-2, 6.14 ERA).

The Tampa Bay Rays stay at home to welcome the Toronto Blue Jays into Tropicana Field. The Rays took two of the three games against the Boston Red Sox, winning the rubber match with a walk-off hit. Tampa Bay Rays manager Kevin Cash said it was a nice win and especially nice for Rene Rivera who got the game winning hit.

“Big night for Rene (Rivera). He needed that, we needed that.”

Lefty starter Drew Smyly will make his debut for the Rays after starting the season on the disabled list. The Blue Jays will send R.A. Dickey (0-1, 3.26 ERA) on the mound; his previous outing marked the only time this season a Blue Jays starter has completed at least seven innings.

For full audio clips of quotes, click on links below:

Marlins Manager Mike Redmond on starters getting deeper into ballgames

Marlins Manager Mike Redmond on getting big hits in big moments

Tampa Bay Rays Kevin Cash on the walk-off win against Red Sox

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Chris Walker Declares For NBA Draft

By on April 24th, 2015

University of Florida men’s basketball player Chris Walker is leaving school early to declare for the NBA Draft.

“I want to thank the coaching staff, my teammates, and everyone at Florida for my experiences here,” Walker said in a statement.  “I’m excited to continue pursuing my dream of playing professionally.”

Walker joins Michael Frazier II as Gator players who left early for the NBA Draft this season.

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UF Gymnastics Coach Rhonda Faehn Resigns

By on April 24th, 2015

University of Florida gymnastics coach Rhonda Faehn has resigned to take a position with USA Gymnastics.

According to a news release, Faehn, who has led Florida to three straight national championships, told her team of the decision today.   The 43 year old Faehn will become Senior Vice President of USA Gymnastics.

In her new position, Faehn will work with elite gymnasts, and says she is looking forward to impacting their lives to help them represent the United States in the sport of gymnastics.

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Gator Baseball Host Kentucky For SEC Series

By on April 24th, 2015

The sixth ranked Florida Gator baseball team welcomes the Kentucky Wildcats to McKethan Stadium for a three game series this weekend. The Gators are tied for first in the SEC East with Vandy and Missouri, while the Wildcats sit at fourth.

Both teams are riding four game winning streaks; the Gators swept Mississippi State last weekend and squeaked by Bethune-Cookman Tuesday night 2-1. Kentucky took all three games at home against Tennessee last weekend and defeated Xavier Tuesday night. During the Wildcat four game winning streak their pitchers have been dominant, posting a 1.00 ERA while holding opponents to a .202 average.

Kentucky head coach Gary Henderson says the pitching has carried the team lately.

“Well we’ve pitched pretty well over the last five games. We had a little hiccup like a lot of teams do in the middle of the SEC season, but it has been a lot better the last 10 days and hopefully we can continue to pitch well.”

The Gators have got it done in all aspects of the game this season. They have a team batting average of .304, a team ERA of 3.26, and lead the nation with a fielding percentage of .985. Florida has played error free baseball in 22 of their 42 games this season.

Henderson says the Gators don’t have a weak aspect to their game.

“Well they’re really balanced and talented. They’ve been good at the front of the game and they’ve got a lot of depth in the pen. They can divide the game up on you and match you up a little with the bullpen. Not a lot different than a lot of the Gator clubs you see; a really talented group.”

For Game One of the series the Gators send sophomore ace Logan Shore to the mound (6-2, 2.29) to oppose Wildcat starter Zack Brown (3-4, 3.13). Sophomore Dane Dunning (4-1, 3.02) gets the start for the Orange and Blue in Game Two and he will go up against junior right-hander Dustin Beggs (5-2. 2.78). Neither team has announced a starter for the final game of the series.

The last time these two clubs met was in Lexington last season where the Wildcats took the series two games to one. First pitch in game one of this series is Friday night at 7pm but tune into ESPN 850 WRUF at 6:55 to catch the call with Jeff Cardozo and Steve Russell.

Sound from Kentucky head coach Gary Henderson below:

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Friday Sports Update…Donovan, Chris Walker, Playoffs, More (4/24)

By on April 24th, 2015

A lot of things to talk about today in our Friday Sports Update…

** Gator men’s basketball is in the news.   Florida coach Billy Donovan is a rumored candidate for the Oklahoma City job in the NBA and Gator player Chris Walker may be leaving the team.   Donovan hopes to meet with Walker face to face to discuss it.

** Lots of Gator action this weekend with Gator baseball hosting Kentucky and softball hosting Texas A&M.   Gator track is also in action.

** The New York Mets continue hot, as they sweep Atlanta with a 6-3 win.   Miami blasts Philadelphia 9-1 and Tampa Bay edges Boston 2-1.   The Braves are at Philly, the Marlins host Washington and Tampa Bay hosts Toronto this weekend.

** In the NHL playoffs, Tampa Bay beats Detroit 3-2 in overtime to tie that series at 2-2.

** The NBA playoffs take place all weekend long as well.

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Softball Update: Florida Versus Florida State

By on April 23rd, 2015

UF Softball vs. FSU RECAP (4/22/15)

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Florida Softball Completes Season Sweep Of Florida State

By on April 23rd, 2015

Lauren Haeger and Jessica Damico high-five the Seminoles after the game

The top ranked Florida Gator softball team shut out the 10th ranked Florida State Seminoles in the second game of the Share a Little Sunshine Showdown. The 5-0 win Wednesday in Gainesville clinches the season series for the Gators and finalizes their nonconference record at 31-0. Gator coach Tim Walton didn’t expect his team to be perfect in the non-SEC schedule.

“With how we stacked it up this year, and really knowing how many good opponents we are playing…it’s a pretty challenging schedule on the road, at home and at different places. Just give our kids credit for being able to match up every single day.”

The Gators were led by none other than ace Lauren Haeger. The senior logged in five innings of work in the circle, only allowing four base runners and striking out four. She was even able to get her first hit in her career against Florida State pitcher Lacey Waldrop, who is the reigning national player of the year. Haeger will take what she can get from Waldrop.

“It wasn’t the best hit, but I will take anything I can. Like I said, she is really good and I’m excited that I can produce for my team when in the past I haven’t been able to in games like this.”

It was the freshman Nicole DeWitt that had the most success against Waldrop. The left fielder got on base every at-bat, getting two singles and scoring two runs for the Gators. Dewitt simply thought her plate vision was on point.

“She is a pretty good pitcher. She has good speed, she mixes in pitches pretty well. But I was just seeing the ball really well tonight and that just helped me to my advantage.”

The Florida Gators are now 44-4 on the season. Florida State falls to 37-12. This is the fifth time in the last six years that these teams met at least twice that the Gators have won the season series.

The Gators have another tough SEC series this weekend against the 25th ranked Texas A&M Aggies. Being the final home series in the regular season, the six seniors on roster are going to be celebrated.

For full audio clips of quotes above and more, click below:

Walton didn’t expect to be perfect against nonconference opponents

Haeger will take any hit she can against Waldrop

DeWitt saw the ball well when facing Waldrop

Walton on changing the offensive approach against Waldrop

Merritt says its always great to beat the Seminoles

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Thursday Sports Update…Donovan, Gator Softball, More (4/23)

By on April 23rd, 2015

Billy Donovan rumors to the NBA, Gator softball wins, NBA and NHL playoffs continue and more in our Thursday Sports Update…

** Several published reports say Florida men’s basketball coach Billy Donovan is a prime candidate to replace the fired Scott Brooks as coach of the NBA’s Oklahoma City Thunder.   Donovan has said nothing to this point about the reports.

** NBA playoffs resume today.   Last night, San Antonio beat the LA Clippers to tie that series at 1-1 while Atlanta and Memphis go up 2-0 in their respective series.

** The Florida softball team blanks FSU 5-0 Wednesday at home to run its record to 44-4 on the year with Texas A&M coming to town this weekend.

** In the NHL playoffs, Anaheim is the first team to advance after beating Winnipeg last night to sweep that series.   The New York Rangers beat Pittsburgh to go up 3-1 and Ottawa avoided a sweep by beating Montreal and St. Louis beat Minnesota.

** In baseball, the New York Mets won their 10th straight game by beating Atlanta 3-2.  Miami downs Philadelphia 6-1 and Tampa Bay beat Boston 7-5.  The Braves, Marlins and Rays all play this afternoon as well.

** Congratulations today to UF women’s tennis player Brooke Austin as she is named the SEC Freshman of the Year and the SEC Player of the Year.

 

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Gator Softball Hosts Florida State in Sunshine State Showdown

By on April 22nd, 2015

The Florida Gator softball team (43-4) is back at the top spot of the NFCA poll where they were to start the season. Florida’s 11-game winning streak is their second longest of the season and they put that on the line against the 10th ranked Florida State Seminoles (37-11) on Wednesday.

The Gators defeated the Seminoles earlier in the month in their first meeting, 5-1. Florida owns a perfect 30-0 non-conference record and head coach Tim Walton knows how important the rivalry game is.

“It’s always a great game. It’s always a great rivalry. I would agree probably both teams try to do everything in their power to win without sacrificing what we have to do in our league as well.”

Pitcher Lauren Haeger led the way for Florida in their game against Florida State in Tallahassee. The senior pitched a complete game, only allowing one run and mowing down seven Seminole batters. Bailey Castro belted a two-run home run in the second inning to give the Gators the lead and no errors occurred while on defense. Walton credits the versatility of his lineup for the win against the ‘Noles.

“I think for the most part we were able to hit up and down our lineup and turn the lineup over a bunch of times.”

Florida State is 4-1 since dropping the game at home against Florida. They have gotten a lot of recent success from pitcher Lacey Waldrop, who was awarded with the ACC Player of the Week honors. She is 24-5 on the year with a 1.25 ERA, and a whopping 196 strikeouts. The Seminole offense is led by Morgan Klaevemann who is hitting close to .400 on the year with a .503 on-base percentage.

After losing the game on Sunday due to inclement weather, Walton has not ruled out the possibility of putting in all three of his pitchers on Wednesday.

“We can easily throw Lauren, we can easily throw Aleshia, we can easily throw Delanie. Or we can try to throw all of them and get them a little bit of work before the weekend.”

The Gators lead the all-time series against the Seminoles 20-14, including 12 of the last 13 meetings. Under Tim Walton, Florida is 14-3 against their in-state rival. First pitch is at 7 p.m.

For full audio clips of quotes above and more, click below:

Walton on what went right against FSU the first time around

Walton thinks he can throw any of his pitchers

Walton knows FSU is always a big game on the schedule

Walton on playing multiple in-state schools this year

Walton says SEC play is most important, but a win against FSU is big

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Video: Bethune-Cookman Baseball Postgame

By on April 22nd, 2015

Florida Baseball Postgame Video (vs Bethune-Cookman) – 4/21/15

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