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KIrby Snead picked up a pair of saves at Tennessee as the Gators clinched the SEC Championship.

Sunday May 18, 2014Florida Baseball Weekly Report - Week 14

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KIrby Snead picked up a pair of saves at Tennessee as the Gators clinched the SEC Championship.

Florida Baseball Weekly Report – May 18, 2014

(Games from May 12-18)

 

Overall Record: 37-19 (23-11 at home, 12-8 away, 2-0 at neutral sites)

SEC Record: 21-9 (12-3 at home, 9-6 away)

Record Last Week: 3-1 (1-0 at home, 2-1 away)

Streak: Lost 1

 

Last Week’s Results (3-1):

Tuesday, May 13 – Defeated USF, 8-2

Thursday, May 15 – Won at Tennessee, 6-5 (11 innings)

Friday, May 16 – Won at Tennessee, 4-2

Saturday, May 17 – Lost at Tennessee, 7-5

 

This Week’s Schedule (All Times Eastern)

Wednesday, May 21 – at SEC Tournament vs. either No. 8 seed Alabama (34-21) or No. 9 seed Kentucky (32-22) (Hoover Met), 5:30 p.m. (CSS)

    

Team Notes

Florida (37-19) claimed three of four games last week and brought home the program’s 13th SEC Championship and 22nd Eastern Division title by taking two of three games at Tennessee…It was the Gators’ first SEC crown since 2011...Kevin O’Sullivan’s three titles (2010-11-14) match Dave Fuller (1948-75) for the most in school history…UF notched 20 or more victories in conference action for the eighth time – 1988-96-98-2002-05-10-11-14 – and has captured the SEC Championship on seven occasions when that has happened (all except 2002)…The Gators have now won the East four times in O’Sullivan’s seven years at the helm (2009-10-11-14)…Jay Bergman (1976-81) holds UF’s record with five East crowns (1977-81)…Florida’s total of 22 divisional titles is the most in the league, while LSU is second with 17...The Bayou Bengals lead the SEC with 15 championships, while the Gators and Alabama are tied for second with 13…After dropping the series opener at No. 4 South Carolina to fall to 7-6 in conference play on April 11, the Gators reeled off a school-record 12-straight SEC wins between April 12-May 9 and went 14-3 the rest of the way to become SEC Champions for the third time in five years…Florida will be making its league-leading xxx appearance at the SEC Tournament and will start the event on Wednesday afternoon against either eighth-seeded Alabama (34-21) or ninth-seeded Kentucky (32-22)…UF swept the Crimson Tide in Tuscaloosa from May 2-4 (7-3, 4-3, 13-3) but fell twice to the Wildcats in Lexington from April 4-6 (1-17, 11-10, 8-9)…Junior catcher Taylor Gushue batted .615 (8-for-13) over the four outings last week and was 7-for-11 (.636) with four RBI and three doubles at Tennessee…Gushue paces the Orange and Blue in the “Triple Crown” categories with a .335 average, 46 RBI and six homers and led the SEC in conference games with a .389 clip…He also has team-high in multiple-hit (18) and multiple-RBI (10) games…Sophomore Harrison Bader is hitting .308 with 25 runs, 21 RBI and is 13-for-16 on stolen-base opportunities, while sophomore Richie Martin (.277) has a team-leading 16 thefts in 18 attempts…Freshman RHP Logan Shore (7-2, 1.69) has worked at least five innings in all 13 of his starts this year and collected all of his wins in SEC action to tie for the league lead in conference victories…Starting all 10 games as a freshman, the majority on Friday nights, Shore went 7-1 with a 2.08 in SEC play and registered 41 K in 65 innings…Tennessee salvaged Saturday’s finale, 7-5, preventing the Gators from their first sweep at Lindsey Nelson Stadium since 1992 and denying UF the chance to match its school-record performance of a 22-8 league mark accomplished by the 2010 & 2011 squads…In the defeat, Gushue went 3-for-4 and was a triple shy of hitting for the cycle… Florida secured the outright SEC Championship and clinched its weekend series with a 4-2 win over Tennessee on Friday night…Holding a 2-1 lead in the eighth inning, the Gators received a two-run, pinch-hit single by junior Josh Tobias with the bases loaded and two down for some breathing room…Although the Vols trimmed the deficit to two runs in the home part of the frame, freshman Kirby Snead (2.1 IP, 3 H, 1 R) pitched a scoreless ninth for his second save in as many nights…Snead is 3-0 with a 2.12 ERA in a team-high 29 appearances and has 19 strikeouts and three walks in 34 innings…Freshman LHP A.J. Puk (5-2, 3.22) pitched five innings of one-run ball to earn his fourth win in SEC play, while Gushue was 3-for-4 with two doubles…The Gators have captured their last six series against Tennessee and extended their road winning streak to eight games, second-longest in school history (record of nine set in 1922)…Puk set a career high by going five innings in his second SEC start (last vs. Arkansas on March 16) and is 4-1 in league games…With a 6-5 victory over Tennessee in 11 innings on Thursday, Florida clinched at least a share of the SEC hardware and locked down the Eastern Division title…UF tied the game on a two-out double by Bader in the ninth inning and Bader scored the go-ahead run with two down in the 11th frame after stealing second and advancing around the bases on a pair of errors…With the Vols holding a 5-4 lead in the ninth and two down, the Gators tied the game on an RBI double to right field by Bader (3-for-5) that brought junior Casey Turgeon (2-for-6) home…Turgeon had singled with one out and moved to second on a grounder by Martin…Bader then delivered his fourth double of the year to plate the tying run…In the 11th, Bader had a one-out single into left field and Gushue popped up for the second out…Bader was successful on his third theft of the game and the relay throw went into center field, where it was misplayed, enabling Bader to score what proved to be the winning run…Snead recorded the final three outs to collect his first save and preserve the win for junior Ryan Harris (3-1, 2.73)…Freshman Peter Alonso (.277, 29 RBI) had given UF a 3-1 advantage in the second inning with a three-run homer…All four of his round-trippers this season came in league play and Alonso batted .290 with 23 RBI in league outings…The Gators boosted their record to 15-6 in one-run games and went to 7-2 in extra-inning games.

 

Top Performances Last Week

Harrison Bader, Sophomore Outfielder, 5-11, 190, Bronxville, NY

*Hit .400 (6-for-15) in Florida’s four games last week, with four RBI, four runs and four walks

*Tied the series opener at Tennessee with a two-out RBI double in the ninth inning and was 3-for-5 in the contest with a career-high three stolen bases

*Scored the winning run in the 11th inning after delivering a one-out single, stealing second base with two down and moving around the bases on a pair of errors on the play

*Ranks second on the squad with a .308 batting average and is13-for-16 on the basepaths

 

Taylor Gushue, Junior Catcher, 6-2, 215, Boca Raton, FL

*Gushue batted .615 (8-for-13) as the Gators claimed three of four games last week

*Helped the Gators secure the outright SEC Championship by going 7-for-11 (.636) in the series victory at Tennessee

*Had a pair of three-hit outings, with four RBI, four walks and three doubles against the Vols

*Captured the league’s batting title in conference games with a .389 clip

*Went 3-for-4 with a two-run double and solo homer in the regular-season finale

*Came through with a 3-for-4, two-double performance in UF’s 4-2 win that locked up the SEC

*Tied career high with three walks and was 1-for-3 in the series opener

 

Kirby Snead, Left-Hander, 6-0, 190, Alachua, FL

*Snead earned a win and two saves in his three appearances last week and permitted one run in 6.2 innings for a 1.35 ERA

*Threw 3.1 scoreless innings as the Gators closed their home schedule with an 8-2 victory over USF on Tuesday

*Helped Florida clinch a share of the SEC Championship by tossing a scoreless 11th inning for his first career save in the opener at Tennessee

*Worked 2.1 innings to preserve the Gators’ 4-2 win over the Vols that secured the outright league title

*Although he permitted his first run since April 6 at Kentucky, ending a stretch of 13 scoreless appearances, the southpaw collected his second save

*In a team-high 29 appearances, Snead is 3-0 with a 2.12 ERA, with 19 strikeouts and three walks in 34 innings

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