The top-ranked Gator baseball team is looking to avoid their first three-game losing streak of the season.
They host the 22-ranked Auburn Tigers for a three-game series starting tonight at 7 PM. UF lost the series closing game in Lexington to Kentucky 3-2 last Sunday and fell to Mercer at home 6-4 on Tuesday. They are currently 14-4 in the SEC and maintain a four-game lead there.
Despite the two-game losing streak, the Gators are still winners of 15 of their last 19 games.
This series features some of the premiere pitching in the nation. Tuesday opens up with Brady Singer facing Tiger top-prospect Casey Mize – who threw a no-hitter last month. It’s a matchup of two possible future first-round draft choices.
Friday’s game starts at 6:30 PM. Junior Jackson Kowar takes the mound with a 7-1 record and a 2.40 ERA. It will be his 11th start and he’s had 9 quality starts on the season. Kowar hasn’t allowed more than two earned runs in any of his last five starts.
Auburn will send out Tanner Burns (3-4, 2.29 ERA).
On Saturday at 2 PM the Gators have freshman Jack Leftwich while Auburn has not yet named a starter. It is Leftwich’s first SEC start of the season.
Auburn is 9-9 in conference this season but is winners of six in a row – with four of those wins coming in SEC play.
Quite the night from @jacckkowen.
— Auburn Baseball (@AuburnBaseball) April 25, 2018
The Tigers swept UF early last season but the Gators eliminated them in the SEC tournament. Three of those four games were decided by one run. UF Head Coach Kevin O’Sullivan is 4-2 against the Tigers in weekend series.
Auburn leads the all-time series 131-113-2.
Michael Byrne one of 41 Honored Today
Byrne leads the SEC with 10 saves and has a Gator baseball record 29 career saves. Today he was named Midseason Watch List for the 14th Annual National Collegiate Baseball Writers Association Stopper of the Year Award.
Congrats to junior Michael Byrne! #FeelTheByrne
He was named to the @NCBWA Stopper of the Year Watch list on Thursday as one of the nation's top relief pitchers.
— Gators Baseball (@GatorsBB) April 26, 2018