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Tuesday Sports Update (6/16)

By on June 16th, 2015

The Gator baseball team loses at the College World Series, NBA Finals resume, Chicago wins the Stanley Cup and the odds for Gator football winning the SEC don’t look good in our Tuesday Sports Update…

** The Florida baseball team drops a 1-0 decision to Virginia Monday at the College World Series.   The Gators will next play Miami in an elimination game Wednesday.

** In other games at the CWS, Vanderbilt rallies to beat Cal State Fullerton 4-3 and Miami eliminates Arkansas 4-3.   Today, LSU and Cal State Fullerton play an elimination game while TCU and Vanderbilt play a winner’s bracket game.

** Las Vegas has come out with its odds for college football and the Gators are at 18/1 to win the SEC title.  Only three league teams have worse odds.

** The Chicago Blackhawks win the Stanley Cup after beating Tampa Bay 2-0 last night at home; Chicago wins the series 4-2.

** Golden State can win the NBA title with a win tonight at Cleveland in Game 6 of the NBA Finals.

** In MLB news, the San Diego Padres fire long time manager Bud Black; bench coach Dave Roberts will be interim manager.

** In action last night, Tampa Bay drills Washington 6-1; Atlanta downs Boston 4-2 and Miami edges the New York Yankees 2-1.


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Florida Baseball Ready For Match up With Virginia

By on June 15th, 2015

After routing the Miami Hurricanes on Saturday 15 to 3, the Florida baseball team will look to extend it’s winning streak to 11 games with a win Monday night against the Virginia Cavaliers in the College World Series.

Florida has not faced Virginia this season but it is an opponent head coach Kevin O’Sullivan is very familiar with; he played at Virginia and also coached there for a short time as well.  Coach O’Sullivan had this to say about the facing his alma mater.

“They’re in a different league. So we just haven’t matched up in the postseason. But I still follow them. They’re playing as good as anybody in the country right now. And we know if you get to this stage of the game — we were either going to play Arkansas or Virginia. At this point, I don’t know if it really matters who you play. Everybody’s here for a reason. We’ll just treat it like any other game.”

O’Sullivan isn’t the only one with UVA-UF ties, Virginia assistant coach Karl Kuhn grew up in Gainesville, graduated from Buchholz High and played one season for Florida in 1992.

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Florida’s success will lie in the left hand of 6 foot 7 sophomore A.J. Puk who is 3-0 since facing an off the field issue back in April. Punk has been lights out as of late striking out 54 batters in his last six starts. Florida catcher J.J. Schwarz says it has been obvious that Puk has turned his life around since the incident.

“I think ever since the off-the-field issues he’s been a whole new guy,” Schwartz said.

Luckily for Puk he will have his family, friends, Bobby Poyner and Taylor Lewis to back him on Monday. Puk grew up just four hours outside of Omaha allowing fans from his hometown in Iowa to be in attendance. Florida’s top two relievers Poyner and Lewis did not pitch on Saturday leaving them ready to go if Puk struggles early on against Virginia.

Virginia edged Arkansas in the first game of the College World Series, a team Florida lost to in the opener of the SEC Tournament. Kevin O’Sullivan knows Virginia won’t be an easy out on Monday.

“When I coached there, I was fortunate that, when I got there, there were some talented pitchers. But just watching what Brian and his staff do what they’ve done, they’ve been as consistent as anyone in the country over the last 10 or 12 years.”

The Gators will have to face UVA junior lefty Brandon Waddell (3-5, 4.15 ERA) Monday night. Game time is at 8ET, catch the action on 103.7 the Gator.

Sound from interview with UF’s Monday Starter A.J. Puk


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Monday Sports Update (6/15)

By on June 15th, 2015

Gator baseball plays in the College World Series, Golden State goes up in the NBA Finals, Tampa Bay Lightning face elimination and more in our Monday Sports Update…

** The Florida baseball team plays tonight in the College World Series against Virginia in a winner’s bracket game.   Vanderbilt and Cal State Fullerton play this morning in a game suspended by rain last night and right after Miami and Arkansas play an elimination game.

** The Golden State Warriors use 37 points from Stephen Curry to beat the Cleveland Cavaliers 104-91 to go up 3-2 in the NBA Finals.   Game 6 in Cleveland tomorrow.

** The Tampa Bay Lightning face a must win situation tonight in the Stanley Cup Final.   The Lightning host Chicago in Game 6 trailing 3-2 in the series.

** Kurt Busch wins a rain shortened NASCAR race in Michigan.

** In MLB, Atlanta loses 10-8 to the New York Mets, Miami loses 4-1 to Colorado and Tampa Bay beats the Chicago White Sox 2-1 to sweep the series.   Tonight, Atlanta is at Boston, the New York Yankees are at Miami and Washington is at Tampa Bay.

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Miami vs Florida- College World Series Postgame Video

By on June 14th, 2015

Florida takes down the Miami Hurricanes in their first game of the World Series. Jonathan Perez breaks down the victory. 

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Florida Baseball Routs Miami in CWS Opener

By on June 14th, 2015

After seven days of extraordinary anticipation, the Florida baseball team came out of the chute in the College World Series against the Miami Hurricanes slower than they had expected. UF fell behind early 2-0 and it could have been worse as the Hurricanes left a lot of runners on in scoring position.

But an 11 run fourth inning turned the momentum and Florida goes on to rip Miami 15-3 Saturday at the College World Series.   Schwarz

Florida head coach Kevin O’Sullivan talked about what was the biggest win for the team this season.

“First of all, just proud of the way we played. I thought the first three innings we came out a little — nerves I guess were getting the most of us, the best of us. Certainly did not see 11-run inning in the fourth. But, you know, I can’t say enough about our approach there. We stayed in the middle of the field. Thought in the first few innings we were trying to do too much. And obviously the big inning certainly was the difference in the game.”

Offensively all nine Gator starters reached base in the team’s first game in Omaha. some were concerned that a young Florida team, especially freshmen would be nervous in Omaha but the Gator rookie class finished Saturday’s win over Miami with seven hits, four RBI, and seven runs scored.

UF starting pitcher Logan Shore had a large fan base of friends and family on hand to watch him pick up his 10th win this year. He became the first UF pitcher to pick up double digit wins since Hudson Randall won 11 in 2011. He pitched five innings giving up just two earned runs. Shore says the lights were bright in front of 25,000 strong, but his team was ready.

“I think anytime, obviously there’s the biggest crowd I’ve played in front of and a lot of our guys played in front of, so obviously there’s going to be a little bit of nerves, but errors happen and things happen, but it’s kind of how you bounce back from that. I’m confident our defense is going to make plays. Dalton came up big in one of the later innings with a spectacular play up the middle. And those kind of things happen.”

As far as the 11 run fourth inning goes for UF, it was the most the Gators have score in a single inning this year. It tied the record for most runs in an inning at the College World Series and set a record for runs at a College World Series since being moved from Johnny Rosenblatt Stadium to TD Ameritrade Park. Kevin O’Sullivan knew his team was in a rhythm in that fourth frame. Sully

“I think we just had good approaches. Obviously I think they had an error or two in that inning, and that hurt a little bit. But, no, I just thought that as the inning went on, I think he lost command of his breaking ball, and we laid off some pitches. The reason I got the team together is just — JJ, I think, started off the second with a hard single to left and three pitches later the inning was over.”

Kevin O’Sullivan will have to face off his alma mater Virginia on Monday in UF’s next game in the World Series.  You can listen to the game on 103.7 the Gator on Monday night at 8 p.m. ET.

Sound from the game:

Florida head coach Kevin O’Sullivan

UF Starting Pitcher Logan Shore

Collegiate Baseball’s co-Freshman of the year JJ Schwarz

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Florida Baseball Defeats Miami in Opening College World Series Showdown

By on June 14th, 2015

Florida baseball beat reporter Ben Murphy recaps all of the action.



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Florida Baseball Looks To Take Care of Business in Omaha

By on June 13th, 2015


Omaha, Nebraska

After flying on the private jet of the Rolling Stones to get to Omaha that only could be described as “awesome” by multiple players, the Florida baseball team has officially begun it’s final journey in the hunt for the school’s first national championship in baseball.  The Gators will face Miami Saturday in their opening game of the tournament.

Florida head coach Kevin O’Sullivan’s message to this team has been to relax.

“This team has played tough competition and will be ready for this,” he said.

The vibe you get from being around this team in Omaha is more than positive, it is excited. After talking to Saturday’s starting pitcher Logan Shore he is ready to get in the game at TD Ameritrade copy

“It’s going to be a lot of fun, but obviously I think the focus of our team is that we are playing in Omaha. This is one of the greatest venues in college sports.”

The Gators will be matching up against a Miami team on Saturday that they have seen three times this season. Shore was pulled for an injury after facing just a couple Miami batters in his outing against the Canes on that Friday night in February.  Florida took two of three in that series with the Hurricanes.

The pitching match up between Logan Shore and Andrew Suarez on Saturday will be one of much intrigue. Both Suarez and Shore have nine wins on the year and ironically enough are tied this year with 74 strikeouts.

Offensively the Gators can do no wrong in the postseason posting an average just over nine runs a game and it’s a nine game winning streak leading up to the College World Series for the team as well.

“I honestly think this could be their most talented team since I’ve been here at Miami,” Miami head coach Jim Morris said.

Listen to the action on live on Country 103-7 The Gator starting at 7:55 pm.

Sound from Friday’s practice in Omaha, Nebraska

-Florida Head Coach Kevin O’Sullivan

-Florida starting pitcher Logan Shore

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Friday Sports Update

By on June 12th, 2015

Gator baseball begins play in the College World Series; NBA Finals now even, Stanley Cup Final even and baseball and soccer and more in our Friday Sports Update…

** The Gator track teams are competing in the NCAA Championships in Eugene, Oregon.   The men’s champion will be crowned today with the women’s competition ending Saturday.

** The Gator baseball team plays in the College World Series in Omaha Saturday night against Miami.   It will be the opening game for both teams.

** The NBA Finals are tied 2-2 after Golden State rips Cleveland 103-82 Thursday night in Cleveland.   Game 5 at Golden State.

** The Stanley Cup Finals are tied 2-2 with Game 5 set for Chicago Saturday as the Black Hawks host Tampa Bay.

** The U.S. Women’s National Soccer Team will face Sweden in World Cup play today.

** In baseball, San Diego downs Atlanta 6-4; Miami blanks Colorado 6-0 and Tampa Bay loses 6-2 to the LA Angels.   This weekend, the Rays host the Chicago White Sox, Colorado is at Miami and the Braves are at the New York Mets.

** And a sad note today as former pro wrester Dusty Rhodes has passed away at the age of 69.

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Thursday Sports Update (6/11)

By on June 11th, 2015

Stanley Cup playoffs, NBA Finals, another award for a Gator softball player and more in our Thursday Sports Update…

** UF softball player Lauren Haeger receives the Honda Award, symbolic of being named the best female player in the sport.  She joins other Gators like gymnasts Kytra Hunter and Bridget Sloan who have also won the award, as did Gator softball player Kelsey Bruder in 2011.

** The Gator track teams are in the second day of the NCAA Championships in Eugene, Oregon.  The men competed yesterday and the women will compete today.

** A total of nine Gator baseball players were drafted in the now concluded MLB Draft.  Pitchers Bobby Poyner, Mike Vinson and Aaron Rhodes were drafted on Wednesday as were several Gator signees like pitchers Michael Zimmerman and Hunter Bowling and infielders Jonathan India and Deacon Liput.

** Game 4 of the NBA Finals is tonight as Cleveland hosts Golden State up 2-1 in the series.

** The Stanley Cup Final is tied 2-2 after Chicago beat Tampa Bay 2-1 last night in Chicago.   Game 5 is Saturday.

** In baseball, Atlanta downs San Diego 4-1; Toronto downs Miami 7-2 and Tampa Bay beats the LA Angels 4-2.

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More Gators Go In MLB Draft

By on June 10th, 2015

More University of Florida baseball players were drafted Tuesday on the second day of the Major League Baseball Draft.

Outfielder Harrison Bader was taken in the third round by the St. Louis Cardinals.  Later, pitchers Eric Hanhold (sixth round-Milwaukee) Danny Young (eighth round-Toronto) and Taylor Lewis (ninth round-Atlanta) were selected, as was third baseman Josh Tobias, taken by Philadelphia in the 10th round.

More Gator signees were also drafted.   Pitcher Thomas Sczpucki was taken in the fifth round by the New York Mets.

The draft will continue today starting with the 11th round.

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