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Tuesday May 7, 2013Florida Baseball Completes Non-Conference Schedule Versus Florida Atlantic Tuesday Night

Gainesville, Fla.

Florida (26-23/12-12 SEC) welcomes Florida Atlantic (28-19/13-11 Sun Belt) to McKethan Stadium for a Tuesday matchup at 7 p.m. Jeff Cardozo and Mick Hubert 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.

 

Sophomore left-hander Bobby Poyner (Wellington, Fla.) (2-2, 4.56), who has made 12 appearances and five starts totaling 25.2 innings this season, will be opposing against former high school teammate Jake Meiers (4-2, 5.52) of FAU, as each attended Palm Beach Central.

 

Freshmen Harrison Bader (Bronxville, N.Y.) (2-for-3) and Christian Dicks (Jacksonville, Fla.) (2-for-2, two runs) each drove in a career-high four runs, while senior Cody Dent (Boynton Beach, Fla.) (career-high three RBI) and Dicks belted their first career homers as Florida cruised to a 22-1 win over Florida A&M on Monday night at McKethan Stadium.

 

Sophomore right-hander Justin Shafer (Lake Wales, Fla.) (1-1) registered a career-high eight strikeouts over a career-long six innings to earn the win and the Gators established a season high with 23 hits. Freshman Richie Martin (Brandon, Fla.) went 3-for-5 with three RBI and three runs out of the leadoff spot, redshirt sophomore Zack Powers (Seffner, Fla.) was 3-for-3 with three RBI and three runs and junior Todd Haskel (Palm Harbor, Fla.) was 2-for-2 and scored twice in his collegiate debut.

 

Florida batted .535 (23-for-42) with 21 RBI, eight walks, three stolen bases, two doubles and two homers against the Rattlers. The Gators scored 22 runs for the first time since March 22, 2011, against Winthrop and their 23 hits were the most since June 3, 2011, versus Manhattan during the NCAA Gainesville Regional. UF plated six runs in both the third and sixth innings.

 

Quick Hits About the Gators

·         Florida ended a four-game losing streak on Monday night in blowout fashion by setting season highs in hits (23) and runs (22) against FAMU.

·         The Gators’ 22 runs was their highest total since a 22-5 victory over Winthrop on March 22, 2011.

·         As a team against the Rattlers, Florida batted .535 (23-for-42) with 21 RBI, eight walks, three stolen bases, two doubles and two homers.

·         Led by sophomore starter Justin Shafer’s career-high eight strikeouts, the Gator pitching staff tied a season best with 11 K versus FAMU.

·         Freshmen Harrison Bader and Christian Dicks each drove in a career-high four runs, while senior Cody Dent had a personal-best three RBI. Dent (two-run homer in the 4th) and Dicks (three-run job in the 6th) each connected on his first career round-tripper.

·         Junior Todd Haskel made his collegiate debut and was a perfect 2-for-2 and scored twice against FAMU.

·         UF is 11-7 (.611) versus Sunshine State foes this spring - 2-0 vs. UCF, 1-0 vs. FAMU, 1-3 vs. FGCU, 1-2 vs. Florida State, 2-0 vs. Jacksonville, 2-1 vs. Miami, 1-1 vs. North Florida and 1-0 vs. USF.

·         Since a 4-3 defeat in 11 innings to No. 11 Ole Miss on March 29 that dropped their record to 11-16 (.407), the Gators have gone 15-7 (.682) to be three games above the .500 plateau at 26-23 (.531).

·         UF is 14-11 (.560) in non-league games and an even 12-12 (.500) in SEC play this spring.

·         The Orange and Blue wraps up its home schedule this weekend against Auburn (27-19/9-15 SEC) before closing the regular season at Georgia (17-28/5-16 SEC).

·         The Gators are 18-14 (.563) on their own turf in 2013 and have claimed 10 of their last 11 games in Gainesville.

·         Bader enters tonight on an eight-game hitting streak, matching his career high for the third time. He is 12-for-27 (.444) with six RBI and five runs in the span. Bader had a career-high four RBI in the rout of FAMU and is at .300 overall with a team-high 11 stolen bases.

·         Named to the NCBWA Mid-Season Stopper of the Year Watch List, sophomore RHP Johnny Magliozzi (4-1, 2.01) has collected saves in six of his last eight appearances. His total of 11 saves is two shy of the school record shared by Danny Wheeler (1994) & Josh Fogg (1998).

·          Magliozzi is fifth in the SEC in saves, three behind South Carolina’s Tyler Webb for the league lead.

·         UF has played the toughest schedule to date in the nation, as its opponents have a combined record of 1,385-767 (.644).

·         Twenty-five of UF’s 49 games (.510) this spring have come against ranked teams and the Gators’ 12 victories over top-25 squads is the highest total in the league.

·         Since freshman Richie Martin (.295) returned to the lineup as a position player in CF for the final game of the series at No. 17 Miss. State, UF is 12-5 (.706). He started the year at shortstop, suffered a broken finger on March 3 against No. 21 Miami (FL) and missed 14 games.

 

Series Nuggets

Head coach Kevin O’Sullivan has a 4-1 (.800) record against Florida Atlantic, 3-1 (.750) in Gainesville and 1-0 (1.000) at neutral sites.

 

The Gators have claimed 19 of the 25 meetings with the Owls, good for a .760 winning percentage. Florida has a 15-4 (.789) advantage in Gainesville and is riding a four-game winning streak in the series since dropping a 7-6 decision on March 4, 2009.

 

Last Meeting Between Gators & Owls

Mike Zunino tallied five RBI with homers in both the first and second innings and Tyler Thompson added a two-run dinger and a season-high five RBI as No. 1 Florida cruised to a 16-1 victory over Florida Atlantic at McKethan Stadium on March 6, 2012. All nine Gator starters contributed at least one hit and O’Sullivan’s squad recorded then-season-highs in hits (17) and runs (16) in posting its ninth-consecutive victory.

 

Poyner gave up an unearned run and three hits and had three strikeouts working on a pre-determined pitch count over four innings to pick up the win in his collegiate starting debut. He was supported by an offense that plated three runs in the first inning, a season-best six runs in the second frame, two in the third and three in the fourth to put the game out of reach.

 

Zunino (3-for-3), Thompson (2-for-4), Josh Tobias (Greensboro, N.C.) (2-for-4, two runs), Preston Tucker (2-for-4, three runs, two RBI) and Casey Turgeon (Palm Harbor, Fla.) (2-for-3) each chipped in with multiple hits and the Gator bullpen consisting of Keenan Kish (Worcester, Pa.) (2.0 IP, 3 H, 3 K), Ryan Harris (Jupiter, Fla.) (2.0 IP, 3 H, 2 K) and Corey Stump (Lakeland, Fla.) (1.0 IP, 1 H) combined to throw five scoreless innings with five strikeouts and one walk.

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