Deacon Liput’s suspension lifted next week

Deacon Liput will return to the Florida Gators lineup Wednesday when the Gators host UCF at McKethan Stadium.

“He’s going to come back with us on Wednesday and we’re excited he’s coming back,” O’Sullivan said.

The junior infielder was indefinitely suspended prior to the season for an undisclosed off the field issue in the fall. Liput was away from the team in the fall but rejoined practice and lifting in the spring. He’s been with the team at home games but hasn’t traveled to road games at Miami and UNF.

The junior started a team-high 70 games last season during his sophomore season, including 68 starts. He led the Gators with 12 RBI in postseason play including 7 in the College World Series.

Liput’s absence opened the door for junior Blake Reese, who has been starting at second base. Through 11 games Reese is hitting .370 with seven doubles. O’Sullivan can’t and won’t take that production out of the lineup, so it will be interesting to see how he pieces together the lineup.

“I don’t plan on taking Blake out,” O’Sullivan said. “We’ll look at it but Blake’s certainly earned his opportunity to play.”

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A South Florida native, Nick developed a passion for all things sports at a very young age. His love for baseball was solidified when he saw Al Leiter’s no-hitter for the Marlins live in May of 1996. He was able to play baseball in college but quickly realized there isn’t much of a market for short, slow outfielders that hit around the Mendoza line. Wanting to continue with sports in some capacity he studied journalism at the University of Central Florida. Nick got his first start in the business as an intern for a website covering all things related to the NFL draft before spending two seasons covering the Florida football team at Bleacher Report. That job led him to GatorCountry. When he isn’t covering Gator sports, Nick enjoys hitting way too many shots on the golf course, attempting to keep up with his favorite t.v. shows and watching the Heat, Dolphins and Marlins. Follow him on twitter @NickdelatorreGC