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.