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Wednesday April 23, 2014No. 12 Florida Baseball Welcomes Florida A&M To McKethan Stadium On Wednesday

Gainesville, Fla.

After a 3-1 setback to Jacksonville on Tuesday night, No. 12 Florida (27-14) entertains Florida A&M (17-21) at McKethan Stadium at 7 p.m. on Wednesday.

 

The game against the Rattlers will be available on the Gator IMG Sports Network with Jeff Cardozo & Bob White, will be carried on FOX Sports Florida with Nick Belmonte & Mick Hubert and streamed on GatorVision. 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.

 

PITCHING PROBABLES

                                Florida A&M (17-21)                                           No. 12 Florida (27-14)

Tuesday:               William Carrasco, So., RHP (3-3, 4.93)           TBA

 

QUICK HITS ABOUT THE GATORS

·         The Gators struggled to get anything going against Jacksonville's pitching staff, totaling one run on four hits. UF starter Karsten Whitson fired five shutout innings and struck out a season-best five batters, but a three-run homer for JU in the seventh was the Gators’ downfall.

·         Junior first baseman Zack Powers (.276, 8 RBI) blasted his second homer of the season for the Gators’ lone run of the game.

·         After downing Florida Gulf Coast, 7-1, in Fort Myers last 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.

·         The Gators are 18-7 (.720) at home this year and are 4-2 (.667) in their league series.

·         UF is rated No. 1 in both the official RPI from the NCAA and Strength of Schedule compiled by Warren Nolan.

·         Florida is 11-5 (.688) in one-run games and is 5-2 (.714) in extra innings this year after going 7-10 (.412) and 2-4 (.333), respectively, in ‘13.

·         All three Gator starting pitchers last 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.

·         Florida’s bullpen kept the Bulldogs off of the scoreboard in 11.2 innings of work. The relievers struck out 14 and walked zero UGA batters.

·         Junior LHP Bobby Poyner (3-3, 3.99) totaled a career-high seven strikeouts over four shutout frames in game one of the series. He picked up his third save of the campaign and has 35 strikeouts in 38.1 innings this season.

·         Junior catcher Taylor Gushue (.338, 35 RBI) went 4-for-9 (.444) in the series with the Bulldogs, while sophomore outfielder Harrison Bader (.258, 9 RBI) went 4-for-10 (.400) with a team-high five RBI.

·         Gushue leads Florida's offense in the "Triple Crown" categories, batting average (.338), RBI (32) and homers (4), and has a team-high seven multiple-RBI games. Gushue’s career-high 14-game hitting streak came to an end on Tuesday.

·         Junior right fielder Braden Mattson is hitting .313 overall and .313 in SEC play.

·         Junior Casey Turgeon (2-for-4, three runs, two RBI) clubbed a two-run shot in the fifth for his fourth big fly of the season on Saturday night.

·         Freshman John Sternagel (.281, 11 RBI) hit his first career home run in the fifth inning of game one. The hit was his second game-winning RBI of the year.

·         After 6 innings this year, Florida is 17-2 (.895) when leading, 2-12 (.143) when trailing and 8-0 (1.000) when tied.

 

SERIES NUGGETS

Head coach Kevin O’Sullivan is 2-0 against Florida A&M, while the Gators have claimed all 18 meetings between the Sunshine State programs. The series began with a 14-1 Florida win on March 29, 1980, and the clubs met in nine-straight seasons between 1999 and 2007 before a five-year hiatus that ended on March 7, 2012 (15-2 Gator win). UF notched a 22-1 decision last May.

 

GATORS’ LAST MEETING WITH THE RATTLERS

Harrison Bader (2-for-3) and Christian Dicks (2-for-2, two runs) each drove in a career-high four runs, while Cody Dent (career-high 3 RBI) and Dicks belted their first career homers as Florida cruised to a 22-1 win over Florida A&M on May 6, 2013, at McKethan Stadium.

 

Right-hander Justin Shafer 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. Richie Martin went 3-for-5 with three RBI and three runs out of the leadoff spot, Zack Powers was 3-for-3 with three RBI and three runs and Todd Haskel was 2-for-2 and scored twice in his collegiate debut.

 

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