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Freshman Buddy Reed matched his career high with three hits on Saturday against Vanderbilt.

Monday May 12, 2014No. 13 Florida Baseball Wraps Up Home Schedule Tuesday Against USF

Gainesville, Fla.

Freshman Buddy Reed matched his career high with three hits on Saturday against Vanderbilt.

Florida (34-18) begins the final week of the regular season by welcoming USF (25-26) to McKethan Stadium on Tuesday at 6 p.m. The game will be carried on Sun Sports with Nick Belmonte and Mick Hubert.

 

The contest will be available on the Gator IMG Sports Network with Jeff Cardozo & Steve Russell and will be 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

                                USF (25-26)                                                          No. 13 Florida (34-18)

Tuesday:               TBA                                                                        TBA

 

QUICK HITS ABOUT THE GATORS

·         Florida dropped two of three games to then-No. 10 Vanderbilt over the weekend to suffer its first SEC series loss of the year in Gainesville.

·         UF established a school record with its 12th-straight SEC win on Thursday night, 1-0, but the Commodores rebounded to take the next two contests.

·         Kevin O’Sullivan’s club enters the final series holding a two-game lead over No. 14 Ole Miss overall and a three-game edge over No. 8 South Carolina and No. 9 Vanderbilt in the Eastern Division.

·         The Gators are seeking the program’s 13th SEC title, first since 2011, and have already clinched a share of the East for their league-best 22nd divisional crown.

·         While Florida visits Tennessee, Ole Miss travels to Texas &M and South Carolina and Vanderbilt will collide in Nashville.

·         Freshman RHP Logan Shore earned the SEC Freshman of the Week honors for the first time on Monday after tossing 7.1 scoreless innings in the opener with Vanderbilt in which he set a career best with eight strikeouts and permitted two singles.

·         Shore and junior left-hander Bobby Poyner combined on a two-hit shutout as Florida downed the Commodores in game one. After Shore (7-2, 1.47) worked his magic on the hill to capture his fourth-straight start, while Poyner (4-3, 3.83) set down all five batters he faced and totaled three strikeouts to collect his fourth save.

·         UF is 14-6 (.700) in one-run games this season, the most wins in the nation in that category.

·         Despite the series loss to Vanderbilt, Florida is 14-8 (.636) against ranked opponents this season, the most top-25 wins in the SEC.

·         The Gators are 22-11 (.667) at McKethan Stadium this spring entering their regular-season finale.

·         Freshman LHP Kirby Snead (2-0, 2.30) was a bright spot for the hosts in Friday night’s 3-0 setback, tossing 4.2 scoreless frames to match his career-long stint. The southpaw has not allowed a run in 11 appearances dating back to April 6 at Kentucky.

·         Junior Taylor Gushue continues to pace the Orange and Blue in the “Triple Crown” categories with a .316 batting average, 42 RBI and five homers.

·         Before Sunday’s finale, UF recognized its three seniors in pregame ceremonies, right-hander Keenan Kish, first baseman/outfielder Zack Powers and right-hander Karsten Whitson.

·         Sophomore Richie Martin connected on his first career homer in the eighth into the left-field bleachers to put the Gators on the board and freshman Buddy Reed (3-for-4) had an RBI single to drive in freshman Peter Alonso in the ninth inning.

·         Reed went 4-for-9 (.444) in the series with Vanderbilt, while sophomore Harrison Bader and Martin were each 3-for-10 (.300).

 

SERIES NUGGETS

Florida had reeled off 12-straight victories over USF before the Bulls ended the slide at McKethan Stadium on April 24, 2012, with a 5-3 win. The Gators countered with a 12-1 triumph last April. Head coach Kevin O’Sullivan is 11-1 (.917) against USF, 9-1 (.900) in Gainesville and 2-0 (1.000) in Tampa. The Gators have taken 35 of the 44 encounters on their home field and hold a 54-24 (.692) advantage in the all-time series.

 

 

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