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Karsten Whitson will start on Saturday, when the Gators' three seniors will be recognized.

Wednesday May 7, 2014No. 8 Florida Baseball Closes SEC Home Schedule Against No. 10 Vanderbilt

Gainesville, Fla.

Karsten Whitson will start on Saturday, when the Gators' three seniors will be recognized.

Riding an 11-game SEC winning streak, No. 8 Florida hosts No. 10 Vanderbilt this weekend at McKethan Stadium. Game times are at 8:30 p.m. on Thursday, 7 p.m. on Friday and 12 p.m. on Saturday.


Entering the second-to-last conference series, the Gators (33-16/18-6 SEC) lead No. 14 Ole Miss (35-14/15-9 SEC) by three games and have a four-game advantage in the Eastern Division over the Commodores.


The entire series can be heard on the Gator IMG Sports Network with Jeff Cardozo and Mick Hubert. Thursday’s game will be carried on ESPNU and on WatchESPN with Chris Burke, Dave Neal and Kyle Peterson, Friday’s game will be streamed on GatorVision and the series finale will be on FSN/Sun Sports and WatchESPN with Larry Conley and Neal.


Live stats for each game will be available on and fans can also follow updates of each game on @GatorZoneBB, the official Twitter account of the Gator baseball team.



                                No. 10 Vanderbilt (36-13/14-10 SEC)            No. 8 Florida (33-16/18-6 SEC)

Thursday:              Tyler Beede, Jr., RHP (7-5, 3.60)                      Logan Shore, Fr., RHP (6-2, 1.62)

Friday:                    Carson Fulmer, So., RHP (3-1, 1.17)               TBA       

Saturday:               Tyler Ferguson, So., RHP (6-3, 2.87)               Karsten Whitson, RJr., RHP (1-0, 3.30)



·         Florida will be playing its ninth of the 10 league series. The Gators are 11-1 (.917) at home and 7-5 (.583) on the road in SEC play.

·         UF has matched its school-record streak of 11 SEC wins in a row set in 1968 and is seeking the program’s 13th SEC Championship (last in 2011).

·         This weekend’s matchup is the first top-10 series between teams in Gainesville since No. 7 LSU took two of three from No. 1 UF over April 5-7, 2012 by scores of 7-6, 0-7, and 8-7.

·         The Gators notched their third-straight SEC sweep last weekend by downing Western Division co-leader No. 20 Alabama (7-3, 4-3 and 13-3).

·         Head coach Kevin O’Sullivan’s club batted .310 (31-for-100) on the weekend at Sewell-Thomas Stadium, enjoyed a 24-9 scoring advantage, drew 21 walks and registered a 3.00 ERA.

·         Named the NBCWA National Hitter of the Week and the SEC Player of the Week, junior second baseman Casey Turgeon (.270, 29 RBI, 29 runs) batted a scorching .727 (8-for-11), with four walks, three runs, two RBI, two doubles and a pair of sacrifice hits.

·         Freshman left fielder Ryan Larson (.250, 7 RBI) went 4-for-8 (.500) with three runs, sophomore center fielder Harrison Bader (.296, 21 runs, 17 RBI) hit .385 (5-for-13) with four RBI and two runs and first baseman/designated hitter Peter Alonso (.286, 25 RBI) was 3-for-8 (.375) with four walks.

·         Freshman RHP Logan Shore (6-2, 1.62) claimed his third start in a row with six shutout innings in the series opener, freshman LHP A.J. Puk (4-2, 3.14) picked up Saturday’s win and freshman Kirby Snead (2-0, 2.78) notched the victory in the series finale.

·         Eight of the nine Gator starters chipped in with at least one hit toward UF’s 16-hit outburst on Sunday, with Alonso (3-for-4, four RBI), Bader (3-for-6, two RBI, two runs), Larson (3-for-4, two runs) and Turgeon (2-for-4) turning in multiple-hit efforts.

·         UF is 13-6 (.684) in one-run games this season, tying for the most wins in the nation in that category.

·         With the loss to No. 24 Mercer on Tuesday, Florida fell to 13-6 (.684) against ranked opponents this season, the most top-25 wins in the SEC.

·         The Gators are 21-9 (.700) at McKethan Stadium this spring and have four contests left (three against Vanderbilt, USF).

·         Junior Taylor Gushue continues to pace the Orange and Blue in the “Triple Crown” categories with a .328 batting average, 40 RBI and five homers.

·         UF is 57-24 (.704) against top-25 teams at home under Kevin O’Sullivan, with a 24-12 (.667) ledger against top-10 clubs.

·         During O’Sullivan’s tenure, the Gators are 8-1 (.889) at McKethan Stadium against Vanderbilt (3-0 in 2008 & 2012, 2-1 in 2010).



Head coach Kevin O’Sullivan is 16-9 (.640) against Vanderbilt, 8-1 (.889) in Gainesville, 4-5 (.444) in Nashville, 2-3 (.400) at the SEC Tourney and 2-0 at the NCAA Tourney (both at the College World Series). Florida leads the overall series, 129-67-1, and has a 73-20 edge in Gainesville.

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