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Friday January 11, 2013Crawford Earns Preseason All-American Honors From Louisville Slugger

Gainesville, Fla.

University of Florida junior Jonathon Crawford (Okeechobee, Fla.) was named to the 2013 Louisville Slugger Preseason All-America Team announced by Collegiate Baseball on Friday. Chosen to the publication’s third team, the right-hander excelled for the 2012 USA College National Team last summer, going 3-0 with a 2.10 earned run average, highlighted by a pair of victories over powerhouse Havana in Cuba.

 

After pitching just 3.2 innings as a freshman at UF, Crawford made 19 appearances and 14 starts during his sophomore campaign as the Gators reached the NCAA College World Series for the third-straight year. The righty had a 6-2 mark with a 3.13 ERA and tied for second on the squad with 73 strikeouts in 77.2 innings.

 

In the opening round of the NCAA Gainesville Regional on June 1, Crawford became the first Gator hurler to register a complete-game no-hitter since John Burke accomplished the feat in a 2-0 shutout of Furman on May 23, 1991, that was the club’s opener in the NCAA East Regional held at McKethan Stadium. Florida’s last combined no-hitter had occurred on March 19, 1993, when the duo of Doug Brennan (7.0) and Chris Nelson (2.0) defeated Pace, 16-0.

 

Crawford, whose previous career-high stint was six innings against LSU on April 6, went the distance on 98 pitches (70 of them strikes) and faced the minimum of 27 batters en route to the 4-0 shutout of the Wildcats. He became just the seventh pitcher to throw a no-hitter in the NCAA Championship and was the first since Burke.

 

Crawford defeated Auburn in UF’s SEC Tournament opener in Hoover, Ala., establishing a career high with nine strikeouts over 5.2 innings, and claimed the series opener at Tennessee on April 13. He fired six scoreless frames to help the Gators even the series with seventh-ranked LSU and also collected victories over Vanderbilt (5.0 IP, 3 H, 0 R, 6 K) and No. 19 UCF (5.0 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 4 K).

 

Last season, Florida was awarded the top national seed in the NCAA Tournament, its fourth-straight year within the Top-8 seeds, and became one of two programs to advance to the CWS in the last three campaigns. Head coach Kevin O’Sullivan’s club swept the NCAA Gainesville Regional with victories over Bethune-Cookman (4-0) and Georgia Tech (6-2, 15-3) and then defeated NC State twice (7-1, 9-8) in the Gainesville Super Regional to advance to the College World Series for the eighth time in school history (1988, 1991, 1996, 1998, 2005, 2010, 2011, 2012). The Gators finished with an overall record of 47-20 and have collected 100 wins in the last two seasons.

 

Florida will open its season with a three-game series against Duke beginning on Friday, Feb. 15. Season tickets can be purchased online at www.GatorZone.com/tickets or by calling the Gator Ticket Office at 1-800-34-GATOR from 8:30 a.m. - 5 p.m., Monday through Friday.

 

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