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Gator Baseball Loses Opening Game Of Series With Vandy

By on May 7th, 2015

The Florida baseball team drops the first game of a three game series at Vanderbilt by a score of 2-0.  The Gators are now 36-14 overall and 15-10 in the SEC while the Commodores improve to 36-14 and to 18-7 in the SEC.

The Florida starter and loser on the mound was sophomore Logan Shore, but he pitched well enough to win.   He tossed seven innings, giving up just one run on six hits.   Shore is now 6-5 on the year.   He gave up a run scoring single to Tyler Campbell in the second inning.

The Commodores pushed across an insurance run in the eighth on an RBI hit by Will Toffey off reliever Danny Young, and those runs were all Vandy starter Carson Fullmer needed, as he throws a complete game, striking out 11 and giving up just six hits and no runs.

You can hear Game 2 of the series Friday at 7:25 pm on ESPN 850 WRUF.

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Gator Baseball Opens Series At Vanderbilt

By on May 7th, 2015

The Florida baseball team begins its next to last SEC series of the regular season Thursday when it faces Vandervilt in Nashville.

The Commodores lead the Gators by two games in the SEC standings going into the action.   Florida is 15-9 in league play and 36-13 overall while Vanderbilt is 17-7 and 35-14 overall.

LSU and Texas A&M are 16-7 in the league.   Missouri is at LSU this weekend while South Carolina visits Texas A&M.   Missouri is 14-10 in SEC play as is red hot Arkansas.

Logan Shore gets the start on the mound for Florida on Thursday; ESPN 850 WRUF has live coverage of the game starting at 7:25 pm.

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Gator Softball Begin SEC Tournament Against South Carolina

By on May 7th, 2015

With a 6-3 victory over the Texas A&M Aggies, the South Carolina softball team advances  to the SEC Quarterfinals to face the top seed Florida Gators in the SEC Tourament Thursday. The Gators swept the Gamecocks in the beginning of April, outscoring them 45 to 5 over a three-game series.

South Carolina has been led all season by outfielder Alaynie Page, who leads the team in batting average, home runs, runs batted in and on-base percentage. She has been able to lead in all those categories batting lead off. Against the Gators, Page struggled, going 1 for 6 and only getting on base three times all weekend. When facing the Aggies, Page was able to get on base every time she went up to bat. The Gamecocks need their catalyst to perform well when they face the Gators.

The Gamecock pitching is led by Nickie Blue. The sophomore pitcher is fourth in the SEC with a 1.70 earned run average with a 19-7 record and 152 strikeouts. She pitched all three games against the Gators when they met in April, allowing a total of 10 earned runs.

As for the Gators, their week has been headlined with six players given SEC honors. Most notably Kelsey Stewart and Lauren Haeger were awarded with SEC Player and Pitcher of the Year respectively. Kirsti Merritt, Aleshia Ocasio, Nicole DeWitt and Kathlyn Medina were all honored as well.

First pitch on Thursday is at 4 p.m. in Baton Rouge.

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Wednesday Sports Update; Gator News, Hoops News Too

By on May 6th, 2015

Gator baseball gets a win, Gator softball gets honors, possible fall out from Billy Donovan leaving and more in our Wednesday Sports Update…

** The Gator baseball team beats USF 5-1 Tuesday night to improve its record to 36-13 on the season; next up a three game series at Vanderbilt starting Thursday.

** The Gator softball team and its players receive high honors from the SEC.   Lauren Haeger is the SEC Pitcher of the Year and Kelsey Stewart is named the SEC Player of the Year and four other Gators also receive honors.   UF plays in the SEC Tournament Thursday.

** With Billy Donovan leaving, several media reports are saying that signee KeVaughn Allen will ask to be released from his national letter of intent from Florida.   The guard is part of Florida’s 2015 class.

** In baseball, Shelby Miller throws a shutout as Atlanta downs Philadelphia 9-0.   Miami edges Washington 2-1 while Tampa Bay loses 2-0 to Boston.

** In the NBA playoffs, Chicago is at Cleveland up 1-0 and the LA Clippers are at Houston up 1-0.  Last night, Atlanta beat Washington 106-90 to even that series 1-1 and Memphis upsets Golden State 97-90 to even that series 1-1.

** In the NHL playoffs, the New York Rangers are at Washington tonight down 2-1 and Tampa Bay hosts Montreal up 2-0 in that series.   Last night, Chicago beat Minnesota 1-0 to go up 3-0 in the series and Calgary beat Anaheim to go up 2-1.

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Gator Baseball Beats USF

By on May 6th, 2015

The Florida baseball team runs its record to 36-13 after beating the South Florida Bulls 5-1 Tuesday night in Gainesville, Florida’s final midweek game of the season.

Sophomore Dane Dunning got the start on the mound for Florida and he was good, striking out a career high eight in four innings of work to pick up the win, making him 5-2 on the season.  Kirby Snead pitched four innings of scoreless relief and Eric Hanhold pitched a scoreless ninth as well.

Offensively, Buddy Reed drove in Florida’s first run with an RBI double after Harrison Bader led off the inning with a double.  Reed would score on a double by JJ Schwarz.

After South Florida scored its only run in the fifth inning, Richie Martin made the score 4-1 with a two run homer in the bottom of the inning and Reed later plated a run with a single.

First baseman Pete Alonso did not play for Florida after he suffered a broken nose during batting practice.  However, he is expected to make the trip to Vanderbilt when the Gators face the Commodores in a three game series starting Thursday.

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Video Recap: USF vs Florida

By on May 6th, 2015

Florida Baseball Postgame Video vs USF May 5, 2015

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Florida Softball Decorated In All-SEC Accolades

By on May 6th, 2015

Not only did the Florida Gator softball team finish the regular season as SEC champions, six players were awarded on Tuesday with several SEC honors. Kelsey Stewart, Lauren Haeger, Kirsti Merritt, Aleshia Ocasio, Nicole DeWitt, and Kathlyn Medina have been recognized by the coaches of the conference as some of the best in the SEC.

The most prestigious award given to a conference player, the SEC Player of the Year, was given to second baseman Kelsey Stewart. The junior becomes just the fifth Gator to be honored with this award, the last Gator being Michelle Moultrie in 2012. Stewart finished the year with an incredible .452 batting average, a .502 on-base percentage, eight triples and 22 stolen bases.

The SEC Pitcher of the Year was awarded to senior Lauren Haeger. She becomes the third Gator to win this award, the first since Stacey Nelson in 2009. Haeger finished with a perfect 23-0 record, 1.46 earned run average, an opponents’ batting average of .194 and 164 strikeouts.

Junior Kirsti Merritt joins Stewart and Haeger on the All-SEC Team. The center fielder hit .331 in 2015, led the team with a .513 on-base percentage, and led the conference in hit-by-pitches with 30.

Freshmen Aleshia Ocasio and Nicole DeWitt were voted into the All-SEC Freshman Team. Both Ocasio and DeWitt became integral parts of the team at the start of the season. Ocasio solidified herself as the number two starter behind Lauren Haeger and in front of Delanie Gourley. DeWitt kept her starting job at left field even after rolling her ankle in the middle of the season.

Shortstop Kathlyn Medina, along with Kelsey Stewart, represent the Gators in the All-SEC Defensive Team. Florida ranks as the best fielding team in the country according to NCAA statistics and Medina led the Gators to that mark. Medina is regarded by her teammates as the leader of the defense and one of the best defenders in the country.

The Florida Gators enter the SEC Tournament this week as the number one seed. They await the winner of Wednesday’s match-up between Texas A&M and South Carolina. Florida faces the winner on Thursday at 4 p.m.

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Tuesday Sports Update: Gator Baseball In Action

By on May 5th, 2015

The Gator baseball team plays its last midweek game of the regular season, NHL and NBA playoffs, baseball results and more in our Tuesday Sports Update…

** The Gator baseball team hosts USF tonight in its final midweek game in the regular season.   USF is 29-18-1 and earlier this year lost to UF 13-3.

** The Billy Donovan Era at Florida is officially over after Donovan’s farewell press conference yesterday.   Now the process starts to find his replacement.

** In the NFL, former Gator tight end Clay Burton was signed to a free agent deal by Buffalo and running back Jeff Demps was released by Indianapolis.  Defensive lineman Darius Cummings was signed by Carolina.

** In the NBA playoffs tonight, Washington is at Atlanta up 1-0 and Memphis is at Golden State down 1-0.   Last night, Chicago beat Cleveland and the LA Clippers beat Houston on the road.

** In the NHL playoffs, Washington beats New York 1-0 to go up 2-1 in the series and tonight Chicago is at Minnesota and Anaheim visits Calgary.

** In baseball, Tampa Bay beats slumping Boston 5-1 while Philadelphia tops Atlanta 5-2 and Washington beats Miami 6-4.

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Monday Sports Update; Final Donovan Press Conference

By on May 4th, 2015

Billy Donovan’s final Gator press conference, Gator sports, NBA and NHL playoffs, NASCAR and baseball, all in our Monday Sports Update…

** Billy Donovan will hold a farewell press conference today at 10:30 am and you can hear it live on ESPN 850 WRUF.   Donovan will soon leave permanently for the NBA and the Oklahoma City Thunder job.

** The Gator softball team wins the regular season SEC title despite a 3-2 loss to Missouri; because Auburn lost, Florida captures the title.   Next up, play in the SEC Tournament.

** Gator baseball downs Georgia 7-4 to take two of three from the Bulldogs.   The Gators host USF Tuesday.

** The Gator football team gets a 2016 verbal commitment from defensive back C.J. McWilliams; Florida now has nine members in the 2016 class.

** Gator lacrosse will play Stanford in the NCAA Tournament on Friday.   The winner will face North Carolina in Chapel Hill.

** In the NHL playoffs, Tampa Bay rips Montreal 6-2 to take a 2-0 series lead.   Game 3 will be in Tampa.

** In the NBA playoffs, Chicago is at Cleveland and the LA Clippers are at Houston in action tonight.   Yesterday, Washington and Golden State picked up wins.

** In baseball, the Milwaukee Brewers fire manager Ron Roenicke after a miserable start to the 2015 season.   Elsewhere, Tampa Bay loses 4-2 to Baltimore, Atlanta downs Cincinnati 5-0 and Miami loses 6-2 to Philadelphia.

** In NASCAR, Dale Earnhardt Jr. wins the race at Talladega, his first win there since 2004.

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Gator Baseball Beats Georgia; Wins Series

By on May 4th, 2015

The Florida baseball team wins an SEC series on the road after beating Georgia 7-4 Sunday in Athens, Georgia.   Florida took two of three from the Bulldogs in the series.

This game was back and forth early.   The Gators took a 2-0 first inning lead when Buddy Reed hit a two run single to score Dalton Guthrie and Pete Alonso.   However, the Bulldogs went up 3-2 in the bottom of the frame when first baseman Daniel Nichols hit a monster three run homer.

The Gators took a 4-3 lead in the third when Richie Martin scored on a passed ball and Josh Tobias scored on an RBI ground out by Harrison Bader.

Georgia tied the game in the bottom of the inning on a solo home run by Stephen Wrenn but that would be the last time Georgia would score in the game.

Florida took a 7-4 lead in the sixth inning.   Ryan Larson had the big hit, a three run double to score Reed, JJ Schwarz and Mike Rivera.   The Gator bullpen made the lead stand up, with the win going to Taylor Lewis (3-1) who pitched two and two thirds innings of scoreless relief.   Danny Young picked up his second save, pitching the final three innings while giving up no hits or runs.

Florida (35-13, 15-9 SEC) hosts USF Tuesday before playing at Vanderbilt starting Thursday.

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