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Friday February 7, 2014Gator Baseball Alumni Day To Be Held Saturday at McKethan Stadium

Gainesville, Fla.

To kick off the 100th Season of Florida Baseball, 2014 Gator Baseball Alumni Day will be held on Saturday at McKethan Stadium. The Gators’ new poster will be available for fans, as well as schedule cards for the upcoming campaign. Below is a schedule of events for the festivities:

 

12 p.m. – Gator men’s basketball game against Alabama in the Stephen C. O’Connell Center

 

2 p.m. – Florida Baseball Complex and locker room open to alumni

Perry Field will be available for stretching and warm-up.

 

2:30 p.m. – Check-in for the Home Run Derby inside of the Gator Baseball Offices

For any alumni not participating in the Home Run Derby, if you would like to shag balls in the outfield, please check-in as well. Everyone must sign a waiver if they will be participating in any activities on the field. 

3 p.m. – National Anthem at McKethan Stadium

 

3:05 p.m. – Gator Greats Home Run Derby begins

We have divided the participants into two different groups by decades: (1960’s-80’s is Group 1, 1990’s-2013 is Group 2). 

 

HR Derby Participants

Name

Years

Rich Arena

(1985-86)

Stephen Barton

(2003-06)

Carson Bassett

(2003-06)

Tommy Blankenship

(1966-71)

John Blanton

(1972-73)

Rob Bonanno

(1991-94)

Richard Britton

(1990-94)

Greg Catalanotte

(1998-99)

Jonathon Crawford

(2010-12)

Nick DeVirgilis

(1970-73)

Jason Dill

(1998-01)

Joey Fernandez

(1986-87)

Matt Goss

(1999-02)

Michael Gray

(1997-98)

Doug Harden

(1997)

Will Harman

(1969-71)

Mario Linares

(1988-91)

Johnny Magliozzi

(2011-12)

Buddy Monroe

(2008-09)

Jon Pigott

(2007-10)

Daniel Pigott

(2009-12)

Brian Reimsnyder

(1988-89)

Ron Salzman

(1981-82)

 

The following rules will apply:

Everyone will have 10 outs. Home runs do not count as outs. There will be signs in the outfield representing specific point amounts. Hitters will be able to accumulate points by hitting the ball past those signs. The top-four totals will advance to the second round, with points carrying over). The top-two hitters will then have a playoff to become the champion of their group. For the championship round, each hitter will start with zero points. The overall winner will receive a prize pack and the runner-up will also receive a prize.

 

4 p.m. – Tailgate, “Gator Style”

Following the Home Run Derby, there will be a BBQ held on Dizney Plaza for all alumni in attendance.

 

TBD – 2014 Gators’ scrimmage

This year’s team will have an intra-squad scrimmage as they prepare for the season opener on Valentine’s Day against Maryland.

 

Parking – People are encouraged to park by the north end of the Percy Beard Track and/or the track lot located adjacent to McKethan Stadium. From that lot, people can walk across the track to enter McKethan Stadium.

 

Last season, Florida advanced to NCAA Regionals for the sixth year in a row, matching the longest run in school history, and has reached the College World Series in three of the past four campaigns. UF has over half of its games versus opponents who advanced to the 2013 NCAA Tournament, including home series against Arkansas, Connecticut, LSU and Vanderbilt, and will have four series totaling 12 games against teams that reached Super Regionals, one of which advanced to Omaha. The Gators return 18 letterwinners and are bolstered by the nation’s top recruiting class from Baseball America, Collegiate Baseball and Perfect Game.

 

Both single-game and season tickets for the 2014 Gator Baseball season 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. Florida will raise the curtain on the 100th campaign in school history with a three-game home set against Maryland starting on Feb. 14.

 

For all of the latest information on Florida baseball, log on to http://www.gatorzone.com/baseball/ or follow the team’s Twitter account @GatorZoneBB at www.twitter.com/GatorZoneBB.

 

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