Monday March 4, 2013Florida Baseball Visits Jacksonville On Tuesday Night
Florida (5-7) travels to John Sessions Stadium on Tuesday at 6 p.m. to face Jacksonville (4-7) in the front end of a home-and-home series. The Dolphins will return the favor on Wednesday at 7 p.m. at McKethan Stadium.
Over the weekend, UF bounced back from a series-opening defeat to No. 21 Miami (FL), 3-2, with wins on Saturday (6-4) and Sunday (6-3) to claim the series. JU defeated TCU on Friday night, 5-3, but was then blanked twice by the Horned Frogs (10-0, 13-0) to drop the series.
In a matchup of right-handers, sophomore Justin Shafer (Lake Wales, Fla.) (0-1, 6.75) will make his third start of the year for Florida and will oppose junior Zach Gordon (1-2, 7.45).
Jeff Cardozo and Steve Russell will call the action for the Gator IMG Sports Network, live audio and stats will be available on GatorZone.com and fans can also follow updates on @GatorZoneBB, the official Twitter account of the Gator baseball program.
Quick Hits About the Gators
· Florida rebounded from a 3-2 setback on Friday night with victories over No. 21 Miami on Saturday (6-4) and Sunday (6-3) to claim its weekend series at McKethan Stadium.
· The Gators have now claimed their last four regular-season series versus the Hurricanes: 2010 (2-1), 2011 (3-0), 2012 (3-0) and 2013 (2-1).
· UF is 1-0 on the road this season, courtesy of a 5-3 win at UCF on Feb. 19.
· Four of Florida’s five wins in 2013 have come against ACC teams after taking two of three games from both Duke and Miami.
· The series with Jacksonville will conclude a stretch of nine-consecutive games versus a Sunshine State foe.
· The Gators have gone to extra innings three times this year after playing four extra-inning contests in 67 games last season.
· Freshman SS Richie Martin (Brandon, Fla.) will be sidelined after being injured in Sunday’s finale. He is riding a 10-game hitting streak in which he is 15-for-42 (.357). Martin has reached base in all 12 games this year and is batting .327 overall with seven runs and three stolen bases in three attempts.
· Shafer also boasts a 10-game hitting streak, in which he is 17-for-38 (.447) with eight runs and six RBI. He raised his average to a team-leading .413 overall with a sizzling 7-for-12 (.583) series against Miami (FL) in which he had two three-hit outings.
· Freshman RHP Jay Carmichael (Cape Coral, Fla.) (1-1, 0.87) picked up his first career victory in Sunday’s rubber game with the Hurricanes by throwing two scoreless innings. He has not allowed a run in six of his seven appearances and permitted just one run in 10.1 innings.
· Sophomore RHP Johnny Magliozzi (East Milton, Mass.) has both of UF’s saves and has eight strikeouts and zero walks in 11.1 innings, while holding opponents to a .250 batting average.
· Florida has used 14 pitchers already this season, half of which are freshmen (six true, one redshirt).
· Redshirt sophomore 3B Zack Powers (Seffner, Fla.) (.351) leads the club with 11 RBI and three homers and is tied for top spot in runs (10) with sophomore 2B Casey Turgeon (Palm Harbor, Fla.) and for the pole position in walks (6) with sophomore C Taylor Gushue (Boca Raton, Fla.).
· Sophomore RHP Ryan Harris (Jupiter, Fla.) (1-1, 4.11) has made a team-high eight relief appearances and has recorded six K and three BB in 15.1 innings.
· Freshman OF Harrison Bader (Bronxville, N.Y.) and Gushue were each 3-for-8 in the series with UM. Bader drove in his first run and delivered his first triple on Sunday, while Gushue had a season-high three RBI and provided the go-ahead, two-run single with the bases loaded on Saturday night as part of a four-run eighth inning.
· Florida has played error-free baseball in five of its last seven games and committed just two errors during the series with Miami.
Florida holds a 49-30 (.620) advantage in its series with Jacksonville, including 20-18 (.526) in Jacksonville. Head coach Kevin O’Sullivan has a 3-2 (.600) record against JU, 3-1 (.750) in Gainesville and 0-1 (.000) in Jacksonville.