Jun 21, 2016; Omaha, NE, USA; Florida Gators first baseman Peter Alonso (20) greets teammates after hitting a ninth inning home run against the Texas Tech Red Raiders in the 2016 College World Series at TD Ameritrade Park. Texas Tech Red Raiders defeated Florida Gators 3-2. Mandatory Credit: Steven Branscombe-USA TODAY Sports

#3 Gators Baseball Practice Kicks Off

While the northern states are worried about shoveling snow, that college baseball team in Gainesville started practicing on Friday. Indeed, Florida Gator baseball held three practices over the weekend as Opening Day approaches.

The Gators open the season with a three-game series against William & Mary Feb. 17-19 at McKethan Stadium.

Florida baseball, led by Kevin O’Sullivan for the 10th season, is ranked in the coaches’ Preseason Top 25 for the ninth straight year.

Every poll released so far has the Gators in the top four (Baseball America – 3; Collegiate Baseball – 3; D1Baseball.com – 2; USA Today Coaches – 2; Perfect Game – 4)

Coach O’Sullivan says he has about 8-10 two-way players at his disposal.

Following a 44-11 regular season, but a two-and-done showing in the College World Series, the Orange and Blue joins three other SEC teams in the Baseball America Preseason Top 25 (LSU, South Carolina, Vanderbilt).

I previewed Florida’s schedule here.

Gators baseball fan day is on Saturday, Feb. 4 at McKethan Stadium starting at 11:30 a.m. The team will hold an open practice in the morning beginning at 8:30 a.m.

After losing eight players to the 2016 MLB Draft, the Gators welcome 13 newcomers and have six Baseball America Preseason All-Americans: Alex Faedo (1st), Dalton Guthrie (2nd), Brady Singer (2nd), Deacon Liput (3rd), Jonathan India (3rd), and Mike Rivera (3rd).

O’Sullivan spoke highly of his infielders, especially Guthrie, Liput, and India. 

The projected starting weekend pitching staff is: Alex Faedo, Brady Singer and Jackson Kowar.

Season Opener

First pitch from the Mac on February 17th is set for 6:30 p.m. against William and Mary.

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