Monday April 21, 2014No. 12 Florida Baseball Begins Five-Game Week By Hosting Jacksonville Tuesday
After sweeping SEC Eastern Division rival Georgia over the weekend, No. 12 Florida (27-13) continues its eight-game homestand at McKethan Stadium by welcoming Jacksonville (13-25) to town on Tuesday. The Gators will entertain Florida A&M on Wednesday before Missouri visits for a three-game series starting Friday night.
The game against the Dolphins will be available on the Gator IMG Sports Network with Jeff Cardozo & Mick Hubert at 7 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.
Jacksonville (13-25) No. 12 Florida (27-13)
Tuesday: Justin Russell, RJr., RHP (4-2, 4.22) Karsten Whitson, RJr., RHP (1-0, 4.29)
QUICK HITS ABOUT THE GATORS
· Florida (27-13/12-6 SEC) captured all four of its games last week to increase its winning streak to six games.
· After downing Florida Gulf Coast, 7-1, in Fort Myers on Tuesday, the Gators posted their first sweep of SEC Eastern Division rival Georgia since 2010 by scores of 3-2, 8-1 and 10-3 at McKethan Stadium.
· Florida is tied atop the league standings with Alabama (28-12/12-6 SEC) and leads South Carolina (30-10/10-8 SEC) by two games in the East.
· The Gators improved to 18-6 (.750) at home this year and are 4-2 (.667) in their league series.
· Junior catcher Taylor Gushue (.345, 35 RBI) went 4-for-9 (.444) in the series with the Bulldogs, while sophomore outfielder Harrison Bader (.271, 9 RBI) went 4-for-10 (.400) with a team-high five RBI.
· Gushue is riding a career-high 14-game hitting streak in which he is 21-for-55 (.382) with 17 RBI and 10 runs.
· All three Gator starting pitchers on the weekend, freshman RHP Logan Shore (4-2, 1.83), sophomore RHP Aaron Rhodes (4-2, 2.51) and sophomore LHP Danny Young (5-0, 1.80), collected victories, while the pitching corps registered a 2.00 ERA (6 runs in 27 innings), with 25 strikeouts and four walks.
· Junior LHP Bobby Poyner totaled a career-high seven strikeouts over four shutout frames in game one of the Georgia series. He picked up his third save of the campaign and has 35 strikeouts in 38.1 innings this season.
· Freshman LHP Kirby Snead tossed 6.1 scoreless innings over two appearances last week. He yielded one hit over four shutout frames in the Gators’ 7-1 victory over FGCU last Tuesday and worked 2.1 innings as Florida completed a doubleheader sweep of Georgia on Saturday.
· Junior right fielder Braden Mattson is hitting .321 overall and .313 in SEC play.
Florida holds a 51-30 (.630) advantage in its series with Jacksonville. Head coach Kevin O’Sullivan has a 5-2 (.714) record against the Dolphins, 4-1 (.800) in Gainesville and 1-1 (.500) in Jacksonville.
GATORS’ LAST MEETING WITH THE DOLPHINS
Florida rallied for two runs in the ninth, capped by a game-winning single by Connor Mitchell, to notch a 7-6 victory over Jacksonville to complete a mid-week sweep of the teams’ home-and-home series at McKethan Stadium on March 6, 2013. With UF down to its final three outs and trailing by a run, Justin Shafer (3-for-4) led off with an infield single. Zack Powers was hit by a pitch for two Gators aboard and Taylor Gushue laid down a sacrifice bunt to advance his teammates into scoring position. The Dolphins elected to walk Vickash Ramjit (3-for-4, two runs) intentionally to face Cody Dent with one down and Dent lofted a fly ball into left field. However, the outfielder dropped it, bringing Shafer home with the tying run. After Powers was caught in a run-down for the second out, Mitchell came to the plate and ripped the initial pitch up the middle to score Ramjit with the winning run. It was also Mitchell’s first hit of the season and made a winner out of Ryan Harris.