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Monday March 11, 2013Florida Baseball Hosts No. 5 Florida State Tuesday Night At McKethan Stadium

Gainesville, Fla.

Florida (8-9) and No. 5 Florida State (15-0) will tangle for the first time in 2013 at McKethan Stadium on Tuesday at 7 p.m. After the meeting in Gainesville, the Sunshine State rivals will also play in Jacksonville on March 26 and in Tallahassee on April 9.

 

The Share A Little Sunshine Showdown, Florida vs. Florida State Game is presented by Visit Florida. Share a Little Sunshine is Visit Florida’s campaign to encourage all Floridians to invite their friends and families to Florida to boost tourism and help our state’s economy.

 

The contest between the Gators and Seminoles will be available for FREE on GatorVision, while 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 of each game on @GatorZoneBB, the official Twitter account of the Gator baseball program.

 

Freshman left-hander Danny Young (Boca Raton, Fla.) (0-0, 6.75) will make his first collegiate start for the Gators and will oppose FSU sophomore right-hander Luke Weaver (2-0, 0.64). In five relief appearances covering 2.2 innings, Young has allowed three hits and two runs, with two strikeouts and zero walks. He worked a scoreless ninth inning on Sunday to complete the series with Indiana.

 

Over the weekend, Florida split its first two games with Indiana before dropping Sunday’s rubber game, 7-4. One of the four unbeaten remaining Division I teams, along with No. 1 North Carolina (14-0), No. 4 Oregon State (15-0) and Dartmouth (3-0), the Seminoles opened their Atlantic Coast Conference slate with a three-game sweep of Boston College (4-0, 9-4, 9-1) at Dick Howser Stadium.

 

Quick Hits About the Gators

·         Entering last weekend on a season-high four-game winning streak, Florida dropped two of three games to Big Ten favorite Indiana.

·         The Gators will open the 30-game SEC schedule on Friday night, when Eastern Division rival No. 10 Kentucky (13-2) visits for a three-game set.

·         Tuesday’s night contest between UF & FSU will mark the teams’ 100th meeting in Gainesville, with the Gators holding 53-46 (.535) advantage.

·         Six of the Gators’ eight wins this season have been of the come-from-behind variety.

·         Florida is a stellar 161-41 (.783) on its own turf under Kevin O’Sullivan, including 5-0 versus the Seminoles in his tenure.

·         Florida State will become the sixth different in-state foe that the Gators have faced this season. UF is an even 5-5 (.500) on the campaign, with wins over Jacksonville (2-0), Miami (2-1) and UCF (1-0) and losses to FGCU (0-3) and North Florida (0-1).

·         Sophomore 2B Casey Turgeon (Palm Harbor, Fla.) batted .636 (7-for-11) against Indiana and is 9-for-18 (.500) in his last five games. He went a career-best 4-for-4 with a season-high three RBI and a career-high two doubles in Saturday’s 6-4 victory.

·         Senior 1B Vickash Ramjit (Miami, Fla.) went 5-for-12 (.417) versus the Hoosiers, with a solo homer in the series opener and a 3-for-4 effort on Sunday.

·         Sophomore RHP Johnny Magliozzi (East Milton, Mass.) (2-0, 2.87) collected his third save in four chances on Saturday by throwing a perfect ninth. He has registered 14 strikeouts without yielding any walks in 15.2 innings.

·         Freshman SS Richie Martin (Brandon, Fla.) is sidelined after being injured in the finale with Miami (FL) on March 3. He is riding a 10-game hitting streak in which he is 15-for-42 (.357). Martin has reached base in all 12 games he played this year and is batting .327 overall with seven runs and three stolen bases in three attempts.

·         Florida has used 15 pitchers already this season, almost half of which are freshmen (six true, one redshirt).

·         Freshman RHP Jay Carmichael (Cape Coral, Fla.) (2-1, 2.00) worked a season-long 5.2 innings out of the bullpen on Saturday to pick up his second victory.

·         Sophomore RHP Ryan Harris (Jupiter, Fla.) (2-1, 4.08) has made a team-high 10 relief appearances and has recorded nine K and three BB in 17.2 innings.

·         UF has played error-free baseball in four of its last six contests and committed just one miscue over the weekend.

·         The Gators are 4-4 (.500) when scoring first and 4-5 (.444) when their opponent scores first.

 

Series Nuggets

Although Florida State holds a 123-100-1 (.551) advantage in the all-time series, Florida has a 53-46 (.535) edge in Gainesville. Head coach Kevin O’Sullivan is 8-11 (.421) against Florida State, 5-0 (1.000) in Gainesville, 2-4 (.333) in Tallahassee and 1-7 (.125) at neutral sites.

 

Last Meeting Against Florida State

In the teams’ most recent meeting, No. 4 Florida rallied from a 3-0 deficit with six unanswered runs to defeat No. 1 Florida State on April 10, 2012, 6-3, to complete a three-game sweep of the regular-season series between the Sunshine State rivals at sold-out Dick Howser Stadium.

 

Harris retired all nine batters he faced over a career-high three innings to pick up his first collegiate win, Turgeon (3-for-5) snapped a 3-3 tie with a bases-loaded single in the sixth and the Gator bullpen fired six shutout innings with seven strikeouts and one hit.

 

Austin Maddox set down all five Seminoles he faced and had two strikeouts over 1.2 innings to register his ninth save. Mike Zunino (2-for-5) belted a game-tying homer in the fifth, while Nolan Fontana (2-for-3, three runs) and Brian Johnson (2-for-5) slugged solo shots as part of a 12-hit offensive attack.

 

Last Meeting at McKethan Stadium

In front of a record crowd of 6,005 fans at McKethan Stadium on March 13, 2012, No. 1 Florida used a 9-2 victory over No. 6 Florida State to extend its winning streak to 14 games to match the school record accomplished twice previously (March 20-April 11, 2001 and Feb. 21-March 17, 2004). The Gators’ triumph in the first of the three regular-season meetings between the rivals snapped the Seminoles’ streak of 10-straight victories.

 

After Florida State plated a pair of runs in the third, Preston Tucker (2-for-4) clubbed a three-run bomb in the bottom of the inning to move the hosts in front and the Gators would score six additional unanswered runs to secure the win. Greg Larson picked up the decision as the Gator bullpen, led by a perfect three-inning stint by Steven Rodriguez, tossed 6.1 scoreless innings and surrendered just two hits. Maddox entered the contest with two Seminoles aboard in the eighth and retired all four batters he faced over 1.1 innings to record his sixth save.

 

Florida put its leadoff runner on base in seven of its eight at bats, tallied single runs in the fourth, sixth and seventh and finished the scoring with three runs in the eighth. Fontana (2-for-3, three runs, two RBI) belted a homer in the sixth, Zunino and Daniel Pigott drove in two runs apiece and Josh Tobias (Greensboro, N.C.) was 2-for-3.

 

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