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Softball World Series, NCAA Baseball Regionals In Our Monday Sports Update

By on June 2nd, 2014

The Florida Gators play for a national title in softball; NCAA Baseball Regionals to still be decided and more in our Monday Sports Update…

** The Florida softball team plays for a national championship starting tonight against SEC foe Alabama in a best two out of three tournament.   The Gators are trying to win their first ever national title in softball as the College World Series resumes in Oklahoma City.

** Oklahoma State, Louisville, Vanderbilt, TCU, Pepperdine, Virginia and Maryland are the only teams so far to advance to Super Regional play after the NCAA Baseball Regionals this weekend.   Many deciding games will be played today with Miami, LSU, Ole Miss, Texas A&M, Alabama and Mississippi State among the teams that could make the Super Regionals with wins today.

** The NHL’s Stanley Cup Final is now set after the Los Angeles Kings beat the Chicago Black Hawks 5-4 in overtime in Game 7 of the Western Conference Final.

** The French Open tennis tournament continues today with men’s top seed Rafael Nadal scheduled to be in action as well as Andy Murray.   The highest seeded women’s player in action will be four seed Simona Halep.

** In baseball, the Atlanta Braves complete the sweep of the Miami Marlins with a 4-2 win and the Tampa Bay Rays were swept by Boston after losing 4-0.   Today, Tampa Bay is at Miami while the Braves are off.

** Jimmie Johnson wins the NASCAR race in Dover, Delaware on Sunday, beating out Brad Keselowski and Matt Kenseth.

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Gator Softball To Play For National Title After Win Over Baylor Sunday

By on June 1st, 2014

The Florida Gator softball team will play for a national championship in the College World Series after beating Baylor 6-3 Sunday afternoon in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma.

Florida built a 5-0 lead and looked to be cruising behind another nice performance from senior Hannah Rogers in the circle but the Bears scored three runs late to cut the Florida lead to 5-3.

However, the Gators tacked on an insurance run and Rogers settled down to earn the complete game victory.

The Gators will face either Alabama or Oregon in the national championship.

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Gator Baseball Drops Both Games in Regional Play; Season Over

By on June 1st, 2014

The Gator baseball season is over.   The Gators lose 5-2 Sunday to North Carolina to drop them from their own NCAA Regional.  Dating back to their 2012 College World Series appearance, Florida has now lost its last six NCAA Tournament games.

As was the case Friday when Florida lost 3-2 to College of Charleston, this game was delayed by more than three hours by a rain delay, and after the delay, Florida’s opponent caught fire.

In a scoreless game, UNC’s Adam Pate laid down a bunt followed by an Alex Raburn single to center field, putting men at second and third for the Tar Heels in the second inning. The game was delayed after UNC’S Michael Russell was hit by a pitch, loading bags with two down.

According to NCAA rule, in the event that blood is drawn the team has 10 minutes to decide if it wants to substitute the player. A decision was reached to pull Russell in favor of Zach Daily. It was a potential big loss for the Tar Heels losing Russell, who hit .344 out of the leadoff spot and leads the team with 26 extra-base hits.

Russell later received stiches but never lost consciousness. The inning came to an end with three runners stranded.

Josh Tobias started off the third inning for the Gators with a double ripped down the left field line and advanced to third off of a ground ball from Richie Martin.

With two outs and men on the corners, Harrison Bader was hit by a pitch from UNC right-hander Benton Moss. Moss was issued a warning for the hit batter, which in turn could have been a warning to Gator starter Bobby Poyner for hitting Russell.  One Taylor Gushue walk later, Zack Powers went down looking, leaving the bases loaded.

That set the stage for the fateful third inning.   Poyner allowed a single and then Josh Tobias committed an error at third to put the first two runners on before the rain delay. Lefty Kirby Snead entered the game for Florida on the mound after play resumed and got the first out.

Alex Raburn knocked an RBI single to center field to plate Lassiter.  A wild pitch, two doubles and a single later, the Tar Heels gained a 5-0 advantage.

Florida Head Coach Kevin O’Sullivan says that he didn’t expect North Carolina to hit Snead like they did.

“He’s been throwing the ball really well and we felt good during the rain delay that we were going to start him. We had a 1-2 count to Myers and they were getting towards the bottom half of the order and we felt good about that. We talked about if we gave up a run or two that we were still going to have to score if we wanted to win. I felt good about it. He had thrown about 10 or 11 pitches and the damage was done already,” explained O’Sullivan.

The Gators had an opportunity to turn things in the seventh inning after loading the bases.  Casey Turgeon drew a walk and Martin singled to right center. With two outs and the bases loaded, Zack Powers hit an RBI single.  But Martin tripped rounding third and was tagged out at the plate to end the inning with just one run being scored.

Florida tacked on another run in the eighth inning after Turgeon singled to right field to plate Buddy Reed, narrowing the gap to 5-2.

But that would be all the runs Florida would score during a weekend in which it had trouble scoring overall.   With the four bases loaded opportunities in two games, Florida only produced one run in those situations, leaving many runners stranded.

O’Sullivan says that their hitting just didn’t fall into place this weekend.

“We have come accustomed to coming up with those two-out RBIs and those clutch two-strike hits when we need them. We’ve done that a majority of the year and, for whatever reason, the last couple of days we just weren’t able to do that and that’s just baseball,” said O’Sullivan.

The Tar Heels (35-26) advance to face the loser of Saturday’s winner’s bracket game between second-seeded Long Beach State (33-24) and fourth-seeded College of Charleston (42-17) Sunday at 1 p.m. The Gator season ends with a record of 40-23, and 23-13 at McKethan Stadium.

O’Sullivan says sometimes things just don’t go as planned and you have to look at the bigger picture.

“The ball sometimes bounces your way and sometimes it doesn’t. For whatever reason, we did not play our best two games here at the end but I don’t want to take anything away from the College of Charleston or North Carolina. They both played really well. But, obviously we did not play up to our capabilities the last two games. There’s a lot to be proud of. I’m pleased to have had these guys as our team this year, they worked really hard. I don’t want these last two games to be a reflection of what they’ve accomplished this year,” says O’Sullivan.

To hear audio from Coach O’Sullivan and Casey Turgeon click below:

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Gator Softball Blanks Top Seed Oregon In CWS

By on May 31st, 2014

The Florida softball team continues its winning ways in the College World Series with a 4-0 shutout of top seed Oregon on Friday.

Florida’s Bailey Castro hit a long solo homer in the second inning to get the scoring starter for Florida and she followed that up with an RBI single that gave the Gators a 2-0 lead.

Some insurance runs were scored on an odd play in the fourth inning.   With Castro and Kirsti Merritt, who had walked, on base, Briana Little hit what looked to be a routine high pop up toward second base that was seemingly misplayed by the second baseman but it was called a double and both Castro and Merritt scored.

Those runs were more than enough for Hannah Rogers who has been sensational in the circle for the Gators in the postseason.  She threw a three hit shutout and while not overpowering, Rogers was in total control in the circle.

The Gators will play again on Sunday against an opponent yet to be determined.   Florida needs just one win to advance to the finals in the World Series.

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Gator Baseball Falls In Game One of Regional Play; Next Up Is North Carolina

By on May 31st, 2014

The College of Charleston Cougars came out of a three hour 10 minute rain delay eager, scoring three quick runs in the first inning that would be enough to put the top-seeded Gator baseball team on the brink of elimination as Florida falls 3-2 in an NCAA Regional match up.

College of Charleston scored all its runs in the first inning off Gator starter and loser Logan Shore and it turned out to be all the runs they would need.  The first five hitters in the order got hits as Brandon Murray doubled home a run and Nick Pappas doubled in two more.  However, Pappas was out on a hidden ball trick and a runner was thrown out at home trying to score as the damage could have been worse,

In all, the Cougars got seven hits in the inning and had 10 hits by the third inning.

Florida’s first real opportunity at a comeback would come in the bottom half of the third inning. Taylor Gushue and Braden Mattson both found themselves at bat with the bases loaded following three consecutive singles from Casey Turgeon (2-for-3), Richie Martin, and Harrison Bader (2-for-5), but both struck out.

The Orange and Blue found themselves in a bases loaded situation once again in the bottom of the forth after a single and two walks. Richie Martin popped out to right field to end the inning, and once again the Gators left the bases stranded.

Junior Mike Fahrman put the Gators within two runs in the fifth with a pinch-hit RBI grounder. Harrison Bader started off the fifth for Florida with a single through the right side and Gushue drew a walk, before Mattson cranked one into center field. The Cougar outfielder dropped what looked to be a great catch against the wall. However, Mattson was thrown out at first base on a running miscue in which he passed Gushue. The Gators trailed at the end of the fifth inning, 3-1.

Justin Shafer entered the game for Logan Shore to start off the sixth inning and went on to retire all 12 batters he faced over four innings. After a rocky start for Shore, he was able to settle down with four shutout innings and six strikeouts. Shore has worked at least five innings in all of his 15 starts this season.

The bottom of the sixth was greeted with back to back singles from Josh Tobias (2-for-3) and Casey Turgeon, to put runners at the corners. Martin sac flied to right field, allowing Tobias to score and the Gators to narrow their gap to 3-2.

Unfortunately for the Orange and Blue, they were unable to score any more runs in their 3-2 loss to the fourth-seeded  Cougars, making them now 12-1 in NCAA Regionals held in Gainesville under head coach Kevin O’Sullivan.

O’Sullivan says that they were out-played and all they can do now is focus on the next game.

“Congratulations to the College of Charleston; they played a really clean game. They came out of the gates really quick, scoring three there in the first. I thought we settled down and pitched well from that point forward, but credit the College of Charleston. They did enough to win and they pitched themselves out of some jams. I think we left 11 on base and we were just one key hit away from tying that thing up. So, we know what’s in front of us. We’re in the loser’s bracket, but we have plenty of pitching and we’ll be ready to go tomorrow at 1 p.m,” explained O’sullivan.

Up next for the Gators will be an elimination game against North Carolina at 1pm. Third-seeded North Carolina fell to second-seeded Long Beach State on Friday afternoon in a 6-1 loss.

Turgeon says that they shouldn’t be counted out yet.

“We just have to take it one game at a time. The same thing happened last week when we lost to Kentucky. We can easily put some wins together, but it’s just a matter of taking it one game at a time,” said Turgeon.

To hear audio about the game from Turgeon and O’Sullivan click below:

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Friday Night Lights; Florida Baseball Opens NCAA Tournament Play Against College Of Charleston

By on May 30th, 2014

The Florida baseball team will begin its hopeful journey to Omaha and the College World Series Friday night as they take on the College of Charleston in an NCAA Regional.  Gainesville will play host to North Carolina and Long Beach State as well.  The four teams will square off against each other in a weekend long double elimination series with the top squad advancing to the NCAA Super Regionals.

Friday night will be a familiar scene at McKethan Stadium, as SEC Freshman of the Year Logan Shore will make his 15th start of the season for Florida.  Shore has a 1.99 ERA this season in 90.2 innings of work.  Backing Shore will be one of the nation’s best bullpens.  The Florida relievers have accounted for 20 saves this season, a school record. 

College of Charleston will do everything it can to take down the Gators, sending one of their best arms in Taylor Clarke to the hill.  The 6 foot 4 right-hander has had an incredible season after coming off Tommy John surgery in 2013.  Clarke has racked up 10  victories for the Cougars with an impressive 2.65 ERA this season.

The Florida offense has hit its stride late in this season, seeing major improvements in production from Peter Alonso, Josh Tobias, and Buddy Reed. Harrison Bader will also look to carry his hot bat into the NCAA Tournament after going an impressive 10-19 in the SEC Tournament. 

With a win Friday night the Gators will take on the winner of North Carolina and Long Beach State.  You can listen to the action at 6:55pm on Country 103-7 The Gator where Jeff Cardozo and Mick Hubert will have the call.  

To hear comments from Gator coach Kevin O’Sullivan click below.

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World Series, Playoffs, Regionals, More In Friday Sports Update

By on May 30th, 2014

Our Friday Sports Update talks up NCAA Baseball Regionals, softball College World Series, NBA and NHL playoffs, baseball and much more…

** The women’s softball College World Series is underway in Oklahoma City.  Florida beat Baylor 11-0 and will play top seed Oregon next, a 3-0 winner over FSU.   Kentucky beat Louisiana-Lafayette and Alabama topped Oklahoma in first round play.

** NCAA baseball regionals crank up all over the country today including in Gainesville where Florida hosts College of Charleston, North Carolina and Long Beach State.

** The New York Rangers advance to the Stanley Cup Finals for the first time in 20 years after beating the Montreal Canadiens 1-0 Thursday.   New York plays either Los Angeles or Chicago with that series 3-2 in favor of LA.

** The San Antonio Spurs rip the Oklahoma City Thunder 117-89 to go up 3-2 in the NBA Western Conference Final.   Tonight, Miami can go the NBA Finals with a win over Indiana; the Heat lead that Eastern Conference series 3-2.

** In baseball, Boston completes a four game sweep of Atlanta with a 4-3 walk off win on Thursday.  The Braves are at Miami this weekend while Tampa Bay is at Boston.

** Three former Gator golfers are in the PGA Memorial Tournament this weekend.  After the first round, Billy Horschel and Camilo Villegas are at one under par, eight shots off the lead.  Matt Every is at plus two.

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Gator Softball Run Rules Baylor In College World Series

By on May 29th, 2014

The Florida Gator softball team played the first game in this year’s women’s College World Series and it was a great one for Florida as it run rules Baylor 11-0 in Oklahoma City.

Senior Hannah Rogers throws the shutout in the circle for Florida to get the win.   She allowed just three hits in the game.  Florida had nine hits in the game against two Baylor pitchers with one of the biggest being a walk off grand slam homer by freshman Chelsea Herndon.

The Gators will now face either Oregon or Florida State in a winner’s bracket game on Friday night.

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NCAA Softball, Baseball, Playoffs, In Thursday Sports Update

By on May 29th, 2014

The College World Series starts in softball, teams arrive in Gainesville for an NCAA Baseball Regional and more in our Thursday Sports Update…

** The College World Series begins today in softball in Oklahoma City and Florida will face Baylor in the opening game at noon.   Three other games are scheduled to be played today.

** Long Beach State, North Carolina and College of Charleston and Florida baseball teams practice today in preparation for an NCAA Baseball Regional to be held in Gainesville starting tomorrow.

** The Gator track teams are at the NCAA East Regional starting today hoping to qualify for the NCAA Championships to be held in June in Eugene, Oregon.

** The Miami Heat fall to the Indiana Pacers 93-90 but still lead that NBA Eastern Conference Final series 3-2.   Game 6 in Miami Friday.   Tonight, Game 5 in San Antonio between the Spurs and the Oklahoma City Thunder with the series at 2-2.

** In baseball, Toronto wins its ninth straight game, beating Tampa Bay 3-2 while Boston beats Atlanta for the third straight time 4-0.  Miami beats Washington 8-5.  The Marlins and Rays are off today while Atlanta is at Boston.

** The French Open continues today after both the Williams sisters were beaten yesterday.  Serena Williams was the women’s number one seed.

** Jacksonville has been awarded the 2016 SEC Women’s Basketball Tournament at the Jacksonville Veterans Memorial Arena.

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SEC Meetings, Honors For Gator Baseball In Wednesday Sports Update

By on May 28th, 2014

The SEC holds its annual meetings, honors from the SEC for Gator baseball, playoff results and more in our Wednesday Sports Update…

** The SEC’s annual meetings are taking place in Destin, Florida with some of the topics to be discussed sure to be future scheduling, action on the so called full cost of attending college for athletes and more.

** The start time for the annual Florida-Georgia football game has been set for 3:30pm and the game will be on CBS.

** The SEC coaches have named Florida baseball coach Kevin O’Sullivan as the SEC Coach of the Year and pitcher Logan Shore the SEC Freshman of the Year.   Shore and catcher Taylor Gushue were named to the All-SEC first team.

Florida junior triple jumper Ciarra Brewer is selected as the SEC’s Co-Field Athlete of the Year.   Brewer, along with Cory McGee and Fawn Miller were named to the All-SEC first team.   The Gators had two All-SEC first team selections in Stipe Zinic and Marquis Dendy.

** The Jacksonville Jaguars have begun their first offseason practice sessions with prized draft pick, quarterback Blake Bortles, taking snaps with the second unit behind veteran Chad Henne.

** Kevin Westbrook scores 40 points as the Oklahoma City Thunder beat the San Antonio Spurs 105-92 to even that NBA playoff series at 2-2.  Tonight, Miami can eliminate Indiana and go to the NBA Finals with a win.

** The Montreal Canadiens stay alive in the NHL playoffs with a 7-4 win over the New York Rangers who still lead the series 3-2.  Tonight, Los Angeles can go to the Stanley Cup Finals with a win over Chicago.

** In baseball, Mark Buehrle becomes the first nine game winner in baseball as he and the Toronto Blue Jays beat Tampa Bay 9-6.   Boston beat Atlanta 6-3 and Miami was rained out.

** The French Open continues today after women’s second seed Li Na and Caroline Wozniacki were beaten; the top men’s seeds that played advanced.

 

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