Monday April 7, 2014No. 25 Gator Baseball Travels To Tallahassee To Take On No. 1 Florida State
After going 1-3 last week against Florida Atlantic and No. 19 Kentucky, No. 25 Florida (20-12) will face No. 1 Florida State (26-5) in Tallahassee on Tuesday night. The Gators are 2-0 against the Seminoles this year, winning the first game in Gainesville (3-1) and the second matchup in Jacksonville (4-1)
The game will be available on the Gator IMG Sports Network with Jeff Cardozo & Steve Russell. It will also be streamed on ESPN3 with Tom Block and Chip Baker at 6 p.m. Live stats for the game 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 team.
No. 25 Florida (20-12) No. 1 Florida State (26-5)
Tuesday: TBA TBA
QUICK HITS ABOUT THE GATORS
· The Gators are tied for first place in the SEC’s Eastern Division with No. 4 South Carolina (26-5/7-5 SEC). Through four SEC series, the Gators are tied for second overall in the league, one game behind No. 16 Alabama (22-9/8-4 SEC)
· Kentucky took this past weekend’s series, 2-1 (17-1, 10-11, 9-8), marking the second year in a row it emerged victorious over Florida.
· UF has claimed 14 of its last 20 contests and boasts a 5-6 record away from Gainesville (3-6 in true road games, 2-0 at neutral sites). Florida has dropped three of its last four games.
· The Orange and Blue is 7-4 (.636) against top-25 opponents, including a perfect 4-0 against top-5 competition this spring.
· Florida is 1-2 (.333) after the first three games of a current 8-game road trip. The Gators will face Florida State on Tuesday before a three-game series against South Carolina and a midweek contest at Florida Gulf Coast.
· Freshman right-hander Logan Shore (3-1, 1.15) evened the series on Saturday with a seven scoreless innings in which UK was 3-for-23 (.130) against him.
· Sophomore shortstop Richie Martin (.308, 25 R, 16 RBI) batted .600 (6-for-10) in Lexington with three-hit efforts both Saturday and Sunday.
· Freshman third baseman John Sternagel (.350, 8 R, 8 RBI) continued to swing a hot stick by going 5-for-9 (.556) in the series with UK. Since taking over the starting duties on the hot corner, he is 10-for-25 (.400) with eight RBI, four walks and three runs over the past eight games.
· Freshman designated hitter Peter Alonso (.274, 12 RBI, 10 R) was 7-for-12 (.538) at Kentucky and clubbed a three-run homer in the eighth inning of the finale that brought UF within one run in the 9-8 setback.
· The Gator offense had a .324 (36-for-111) clip in the series with the Wildcats, with seven walks, four sacrifice flies, three doubles and three homers.
· UF blasted three homers during its series with UK, increasing its round-tripper total to 13. Junior C Taylor Gushue (.328, 28 RBI) has four.
· After 6 innings this year, Florida is 12-1 (.917) when leading, 1-11 (.083) when trailing and 7-0 (1.000) when tied.
· Nineteen of the Gators’ 32 games this season have been decided by 2 runs or less: UF is 8-5 (.636) in 1-run and 4-2 (.667) in 2-run games.
· Florida has provided the fans with free baseball 6 times already and boasts a 4-2 (.667) mark.
· The duo of Martin (SS) and Casey Turgeon (2B) has started all 32 games at their respective positions. Gushue has started all 32 games this year with 25 coming at catcher and seven at designated hitter.
· Nine different pitchers have accounted for Florida’s 20 wins, with Shore, sophomore Eric Hanhold, junior LHP Bobby Poyner (3-3, 4.41), sophomore RHP Aaron Rhodes (3-2, 2.59) and sophomore LHP Danny Young (3-0, 1.96) tied with 3 victories apiece.
Florida State holds a 125-103-1 (.548) advantage in the all-time series, while the Seminoles enjoy a 68-40-1 (.628) edge in Tallahassee. Head coach Kevin O’Sullivan is 11-13 (.458) against Florida State, 6-1 (.857) in Gainesville, 3-4 (.429) in Tallahassee and 2-8 (.200) at neutral sites. The Gators have claimed the last three meetings between the Sunshine State rivals.
GATORS’ LAST VISIT TO DICK HOWSER STADIUM
Josh Tobias snapped a 3-3 tie with a sacrifice fly in the ninth inning to drive in Harrison Bader with the decisive run as Florida edged No. 7 Florida State, 4-3, in front of a crowd of 6,719 fans on April 9, 2013, at Dick Howser Stadium, the fifth-largest crowd in school history. It marked the second year in a row that the Gators had emerged victorious in Tallahassee.
Bader (2-for-4, three runs) had reached on a leadoff throwing error, taken second on the play and gone to third on a failed pickoff attempt by Robby Coles. Tobias’ second sac fly of the year moved the Gators in front and Daniel Gibson retired the Seminoles in order in the ninth to collect his first win of the season and help UF take the finale of the teams’ regular-season meetings after coming up short in the first two outings.
Richie Martin doubled his RBI output on the season by driving in a career-best two runs and Taylor Gushue raised his hitting streak to 10 games with a leadoff single in the fourth inning. In his first start since March 13, 2012, against FSU, Bobby Poyner matched his career high of four innings (4 H, 1 R, 3 K).