Jun 19, 2015; Omaha, NE, USA; Virginia Cavaliers pitcher Nathan Kirby (19) started the game against the Florida Gators in the 2015 College World Series at TD Ameritrade Park. Mandatory Credit: Steven Branscombe-USA TODAY Sports

No.1 Florida Hosts No. 19 FAU on the diamond

The No.1 Florida Gators will host the No. 19 Florida Atlantic Owls Tuesday night. Freshman Jackson Kowar will be on the bump for the Gators against FAU redshirt sophomore David McKay. The Gators (21-1) are now on a 15 game winning streak while the Owls (15-3) are on a 2 game skid.

The Owls starting pitcher David McKay started the season strong. The sophomore pitcher got a career high 14 strike-outs against LIU Brooklyn where he earned his second win on the season. Head Coach John McCormack says McKay has been in a drought for his last two mound appearances and he needs to focus more on the strike zone.

McCormack is hoping that McKay delivers tonight but is confident in his pitching staff if the save is needed. Senior Brandon Rhodes pitched a two-hit shutout game against Georgetown. This was is first complete game pitched in his career.

More competition coming for the Owls, junior Stephen Kerr was named Conference USA hitter of the week after his weekend performance at Middle Tennessee. Kerr hit .538 on the week advancing six runners on eight opportunities with three RBI in starting lineup. Senior Brett Lashley had three hits, three RBI, and three runs scored in the double digit defeat against  Middle Tennessee. Head Coach McCormack says his team has come together faster than expected and he’s really surprised with the out come.

First pitch is set for 7 p.m. Tuesday. Hear live coverage on ESPN Gainesville 95.3 starting at 6:55 p.m.

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