The No. 7 Florida Gators welcome Cincinnati to Condron Ballpark for a three-game series beginning on Friday. The Gators are looking to bounce back from a heartbreaking 10-9 loss to USF on Wednesday. The Bearcats come into Gainesville shorthanded for this weekend series.
The Bearcats split their opening 4-game series with Georgia State. After the events of game 3 of that series, Cincinnati is balancing a number of suspensions going into this weekend.
In the second game of a doubleheader last Saturday, a hard break-up of a double play caused a benches clearing altercation. The altercation caused a number of Bearcats players to be ejected, and ultimately suspended. Cincinnati forfeited the contest, and Georgia State was victorious by a 3-2 final.
Gators vs. Bearcats Series Preview
The Gators are looking to rebound from a 10-9 home loss to USF Wednesday, which saw the Gators allow 7 runs in the 9th inning. This was the Gators’ first loss of the season after starting the season with four consecutive victories. The Gators split the midweek series with the Bulls after winning the first game by a final of 6-1.
Ace Brandon Sproat is looking for his second win of the season on Friday. Sproat allowed three earned runs in 5.2 innings an Opening Night victory against Charleston Southern, where he did not allow a hit.
Jac Caglianone is a player to watch this weekend. In his first collegiate start last Sunday, the two-way player threw 6.2 scoreless innings with nine strikeouts aginst Charleston Southern. Caglianone then hit home runs in each game against South Florida this week. He will look to lead a Gators offense which is averaging over 10 runs a game through their first five games.
The Gators will be looking for their second consecutive weekend sweep to open the season, after three straight wins against Charleston Southern, a series that featured two run-rules and an 8-0 win in the finale.