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Regular Season Recap for Florida Baseball

By on May 18th, 2015

The Florida baseball team clawed their way to 40 wins this season and finished in fourth place in the SEC. Florida head coach Kevin O’Sullivan said this team had a solid year.

“It’s not how you draw it up, but this team shows a lot of resiliency. It’s not easy to lose Game One (of a three game series) and to come back and win games two and three. We got 40 wins during the regular season and that isn’t easy to do.”

A few freshmen stepped up for UF offensively this season. J.J. Schwarz, Mike Rivera, and Dalton Guthrie combined for 108 RBI. Harrison Bader played a key role early on in the season but has since been in a slump. Bader is batting below .300 heading into the conference tournament.

On the mound Florida sophomore Logan Shore pitched well but struggled to get run support behind him. Because of this he ended up with six losses, something that wasn’t a good representation of his outings this season. Taylor Lewis has played a big role in relief this season. In 39.2 innings on the mound Lewis is 5-1 with a 1.47 ERA.

Lewis said this about his role on the bump.

“To tell you the truth, as long as we win, I don’t care what I do. I just try to come in whenever they call me and do my job.”

Florida struggled in series openers this season losing those match ups in the last four weeks of the season. But this team fought back to finish the year with 40 wins. At home Florida was dominant losing just six games at McKethan Stadium.

And defensively, this was the best team in school history and one of the best in the nation all year long.

Next up is the SEC Tournament, where Florida will play Wednesday night as the winner of the Arkansas-Tennessee game.  A good showing here could allow Florida to host an NCAA Regional and be a top eight national seed, which guarantees home field advantage in the postseason as long as you win.

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Gator Softball Tries To Win NCAA Regional at Home

By on May 17th, 2015

The top ranked Florida softball team is just one win away from advancing to an NCAA Super Regional after so far going unbeaten in an NCAA Regional it is hosting this weekend.

Florida plays Florida Atlantic today and needs to beat them once in the double elimination tournament to advance.

If Florida does advance, it would host the NCAA Super Regional against the winner of the Notre Dame regional.

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Video Recap: Auburn vs Florida Game Three

By on May 17th, 2015

Florida Baseball Postgame Video vs Auburn May 16, 2015

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Florida Women’s Tennis advances to NCAA quarterfinals

By on May 17th, 2015

The fifth ranked Florida women’s tennis team blanks 16th ranked Oklahoma State to book their trip to the quarterfinals in the NCAA Tournament in Texas. With dominant performances in singles play, the victories came pouring in leading to the 4-0 finish.

In doubles play, the Gators started out with an early lead on courts two and three. Spencer Liang and Peggy Porter were forced into a tiebreak on three where they took an early 3-2 lead before getting tied up at 4-all. The pair knocked out four straight points to get the win on a Cowgirls double fault, 8-7.

Josie Kuhlman and Belinda Woolcock led on court two 5-3, before trading games with Oklahoma State until it was tied at 6. The Gators broke the tie and took the next two games getting the win, and clinching the doubles point, 8-6.

Brooke Austin and Kourtney Keegan played a heated doubles match where they trailed 7-4 at the end. The pair held off multiple match points to give Florida a chance at the early lead.

In singles play, the Gators used the momentum from doubles to start off strong. Five of six first sets went to Florida. Brianna Morgan got the winning started when she swept her match in two 6-1 sets. Keegan followed soon after winning her match 6-2, 6-1. Kuhlman was down 5-2 in the second set of her match, after winning the first set, but claimed five straight games to comeback and get the win 6-3, 7-5. Kuhlman’s victory clinched the match, and pushed Florida forward to the quarterfinals for the sixth consecutive season.

The Gators will take on Vanderbilt on Sunday at 5 pm. Florida is 0-2 against the Commodores this season but are 4-0 against them in NCAA action.

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Florida Softball Wins NCAA Regional Game; Women’s Tennis Wins Too

By on May 16th, 2015

The top ranked Florida softball team advances in an NCAA regional it is hosting by beating Florida A&M 6-0 Friday in Gainesville.

Florida freshman Aleshia Ocasio got the start in the circle for the Gators and threw a one hit shutout to get the win.   She fanned 17, tying a Florida record for most strikeouts in a game.

The Gators got all the runs they would need in the bottom of the first as Nicole DeWitt hit an RBI double; she would later score on an error.  Florida would add a run in the third, one in the fourth, one in the fifth and one in the sixth inning on a bases loaded walk to Kirsti Merritt.

Florida now plays Hofstra today, a 1-0 winner over Florida Atlantic.

GATOR WOMEN’S TENNIS ADVANCES IN NCAA TOURNAMENT

The Florida women’s tennis team makes it to the Elite Eight of the NCAA Tournament with a 4-0 win over Oklahoma State on Friday in Texas.   The Gators now face SEC rival Vanderbilt to try and advance to the Final Four.

 

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Florida Baseball Downs Auburn, Ties Series

By on May 16th, 2015
Florida starting pitcher A.J. Puk delivers a pitch in the first inning of Friday's game. The Gators defeated Auburn 4-3.

Florida starting pitcher A.J. Puk delivers a pitch in the first inning of Friday’s game. The Gators defeated Auburn 4-3.

The #7 Florida baseball team (39-15, 18-11 SEC) rallies from an early deficit to defeat the Auburn Tigers (34-21, 13-16 SEC) 4-3 Friday to tie their final regular season series at one game each.

The Tigers knocked around Florida starter A.J. Puk, and jumped out to an early 3-0 lead in the second inning.

Puk, who had been outstanding in his previous two starts – racking up 23 strikeouts over that span – struggled, only lasting 3 1/3 innings while giving up three runs.

The Gators would not stay down for long, as they struck back with three runs of their own in the bottom half of the fourth inning, with RBIs coming from shortstop Richie Martin, third baseman Josh Tobias and first baseman Peter Alonso, who would add the go-ahead RBI in the sixth inning with a sacrifice fly.

Gator coach Kevin O’Sullivan talked about the win for his team.

“This has been a hard series. This is one of those things where we have had to grind out everything we’ve gotten. Auburn hasn’t given us anything. We could’ve easily hung our heads after we fell behind in the second, but we battled, and this is another gut-check win that we desperately needed.”

Despite Puk’s struggles in the game, two pitchers came on in relief shutting the door on Auburn. Senior Aaron Rhodes and sophomore Kirby Snead combined for 5 2/3 scoreless innings, allowing just one hit and one walk over that time.

Rhodes talked about his performance.

“It means a lot, especially during Senior Weekend to do that for the team. It’s crazy to think that my career is already almost over here at Florida. It was exciting to go out there and throw up a few zeros.”

The win clinched a top four seed for the Gators in the SEC tournament, giving them a bye in the first round.

The Gators will look to grab a series-clinching win on Senior Day to send off Bobby Poyner, Aaron Rhodes and Josh Tobias in their final regular season home game.

First pitch on Sunday is set for 1 p.m; Country 103-7 The Gator has live coverage at 12:55 pm.

For sound from the game, click below.

Peter Alonso on importance of win

Alonso on momentum going into the tournament

Aaron Rhodes on his performance

Rhodes on his approach on the mound

Rhodes on A.J. Puk’s importance to the team

Kevin O’Sullivan on the senior contribution

O’Sullivan on leaving Snead in the game

O’Sullivan on Josh Tobias’ defense

O’Sullivan on Harrison Bader’s struggles

O’Sullivan on importance of this weekend’s series in the SEC

O’Sullivan on the team’s position

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Video Recap: Auburn vs Florida Game 2

By on May 16th, 2015

Florida Baseball Postgame Video vs Auburn May 15th, 2015

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Friday Sports Update (5-15)

By on May 15th, 2015

A tough Florida baseball loss, Gator softball and women’s tennis in NCAA play, Gator track at SEC’s, playoff results and more in our Friday Sports Update…

** The Gator baseball team plays Game 2 of a three game series tonight against Auburn after losing last night at home 4-1 that officially eliminates the Gators from SEC title contention.

** Gator softball hosts an NCAA Regional starting today as the Gators face Florida A&M and Hofstra plays Florida Atlantic in the double elimination tournament.

** The Florida women’s tennis team plays Oklahoma State today in the Sweet 16 of the NCAA Tournament in Waco, Texas.

** The Gator track teams are at the SEC Championships at Mississippi State.

** Congratulations to Willison High School as it wins the Class 1A state championship in baseball 3-0 behind UF commit Austin Langworthy’s shutout on the mound.

** Quarterback Tom Brady has appealed his four game suspension in the Deflategate saga.

** In the NBA, Cleveland advances to the Eastern Conference final after downing Chicago 94-73 but Houston ties the series with the LA Clippers at 3-3 with a win.  Tonight, Golden State can close out Memphis and Atlanta can do the same to Washington.

** In baseball, Tampa Bay beats the New York Yankees 6-1 and now begin a series in Minnesota.  Atlanta is at Miami for the weekend.

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Florida Baseball Drops Game 1 to Auburn

By on May 15th, 2015

The Florida baseball team lost the first game of an SEC series for the fourth consecutive week, this time dropping a 4-1 decision to Auburn on Thursday night in Gainesville.  The loss officially eliminates the Gators from winning the SEC regular season title as they fall to 38-15 overall and to 17-11 in SEC play.   Auburn improves to 13-15 in SEC play.

Florida broke open a scoreless tie in the fifth inning when Dalton Guthrie got an RBI hit.  However, Auburn came right back in the sixth and scored two runs when UF outfielders Buddy Reed and Ryan Larson collided allowing Melvin Gray to hit a double to drive in the runs.

Florida head coach Kevin O’Sullivan had this to say about the play.

“The obvious turning point was when we had two outs in the sixth and the outfielders collided. It’s unfortunate, but you just can’t have those types of mistakes at this time of the year.”

UF starter Logan Shore had a solid start even though he picked up the loss; he pitched seven innings and allowed only those two runs.   The sophomore right-hander was also to retire 13 straight batters at one point in the game.

Auburn tacked on a couple late insurance runs to put Florida away, at one point getting five straight hits.  The win went to starter Cole Lipscomb (7-2) who pitched into the seventh inning.  Reliever Justin Camp finished up and picked up his eighth save of the year.

The Tigers and Gators will meet again tonight in Game Two of the series.  A.J. Puk will get the start for Florida. Catch all the action at 6:55 pm on ESPN 850 WRUF.

Sound from the game…

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Florida Baseball Hosts Auburn In Final Regular Season Showdown

By on May 14th, 2015

It is closing time for Florida baseball’s regular season as they wrap things up against Auburn in a series at home that starts Thursday.  The Gators (38-14, 17-10 SEC) will face an Auburn team (33-20, 12-15 SEC) that is trying to make the NCAA Tournament field but they were swept last weekend by rival Alabama.

The Orange and Blue will have ace Logan Shore out on the mound Thursday night in hopes of out dealing one of the SEC’s best, Auburn’s Cole Lipscomb. Lipscomb enters Gainesville with a 6-2 record alongside a 2.47 ERA. Shore matches with similar numbers at 6-5 with a 2.85 ERA. As for the rest of the weekend the only other named starter for either side is Florida’s A.J. Puk who gets the nod for Friday’s game.

Florida should enter this week’s match up with confidence after taking two of three on the road against Vanderbilt last week. Florida sits just one game back of the Commodores in the SEC standings with just three games left to play before the SEC tournament.

Gator head coach Kevin O’Sullivan says that SEC baseball is a grind.

“Anytime you have a chance to win the SEC regular season title, you have to feel good about it. We’ve been very fortunate, for the most part we have been relevant at the end of the year and I think that is a goal of ours.”

First pitch on Thursday will be at 7. Catch the game on ESPN 850 starting at 655.

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