No. 1 Florida Baseball Sweeps Vanderbilt, Extends Winning Streak

The top ranked Gator baseball team completed its sweep of Vanderbilt Sunday afternoon with an 8-2 routing at McKethan Stadium. With three more wins this weekend, Florida improves to 19-1 (3-0 SEC), and extends its winning streak to 17 games.

Florida committed no errors in a weekend that ended with the Gators outscoring the Commodores 23 to 5.  For freshman first baseman Taylor Gushue, sometimes it’s hard to find the words to describe just how great the team’s success feels.

Gushue hit a solo homer right over the scoreboard in right field to open scoring for the Gators. Fellow freshman Casey Turgeon and senior Preston Tucker also did their share, notching two more long balls, tying the Gators’ season high for homers in a game.
Sophomore pitcher Jonathan Crawford also had a big day in his SEC debut. Striking out six in five scoreless innings, Crawford only allowed three hits.   Gator head Coach Kevin O’Sullivan says he has confidence in Crawford and the rest of his rotation.

Florida got some bad news after the game when O’Sullivan said senior outfielder Tyler Thompson has a torn ACL and will meet with doctors on Tuesday.

The Gators have a chance to extend the record 17 game winning streak when they host Samford at home tomorrow at 7pm  Florida will pick up their conference schedule when they travel to Columbia this Thursday to begin a three-game series against South Carolina.

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