No. 7 Florida Gators hosting Ole Miss

The Florida Gators are just one game behind the Kentucky Wildcats in the SEC East with three weekends left in the college baseball season before the SEC Tournament. The Gators are coming off of a strong week, winners of their last six games, are looking to stay hot against

How to watch
Friday, 6:30 p.m. (SEC Network +)
Saturday, 6:30 p.m. (SEC Network +)
Sunday, 2 p.m. (SEC Network)

Pitching matchups
Fri: RHP Alex Faedo (6-1, 2.62 ERA) vs. RHP James McArthur (3-3, 3.08 ERA)
Sat: RHP Brady Singer (5-3, 2.09 ERA) vs. LHP Ryan Rolison (6-2, 1.84 ERA)
Sun: RHP Jackson Kowar (7-0, 3.90) vs. LHP David Parkinson (5-2, 3.34 ERA)

Series History
Ole Miss holds the series record by a slim margin (49-47) and a 29-28 record since 1992 and has won 10-of-19 series in that span. The teams have split the last four series with the home team taking two games each meeting.

Last meeting: 2015 in Oxford, Ole Miss took the series 2-1 (W4-1, W 5-2, L 8-4)
Last Ole Miss sweep: 2004 (Gainesville)
Last Florida sweep: 2011 (Gainesville)

Tight SEC race

Quick Hits on the Gators
Christian Hicks already has a three-home run week after hitting one against FAMU and two Wednesday against Jacksonville.

In the last 25 JJ Schwarz is hitting .314 (27-for-86) with 4 home runs and 26 RBI. Through the first 20 games, he hit just .200 with two homers and 9 RBI.

Injury news
Sophomore third baseman Jonathan India, who has missed the last nine games with an elbow injury, took batting this week and could be available to play this weekend against Ole Miss. Kevin O’Sullivan has said repeatedly that he won’t play India until the trainers give him a full clean bill of health.

Mike Rivera (broken hamate) should be back taking batting practice next week and could return in time for the Kentucky series or the SEC Tournament the following week.
Nelson Maldonado (shoulder) left the Gators win over Jacksonville on Wednesday with an apparent shoulder injury. Maldonado dove for a ball in right field landed awkwardly and was slow to get up. When he did stand up he immediately started walking in towards the dugout. Maldonado’s injury is not thought to be serious, however.

Around the SEC
No. 18 Arkansas (34-12/13-8 SEC) at Tennessee (23-18/6-14 SEC)
No. 11 Mississippi State (30-16/14-7 SEC) at No. 15 Texas A&M (33-13/13-8 SEC)
Alabama (15-29/2-19 SEC) at No. 5 Auburn (32-14/14-7 SEC)
Georgia (17-28/11-10 SEC) at No. 4 Kentucky (31-14/13-8 SEC)
Missouri (28-18/8-13) at Vanderbilt (27-17/10-10 SEC)
South Carolina (26-17/10-11 SEC) at No. 12 LSU (30-15/13-8 SEC)

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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