One Gator makes All-SEC Team

The Gators went to bed on Sunday night not knowing if they had played their last game of the 2013 season or if they would make a regional and still have a chance at making another run to Omaha and the College World Series.

The Gators received good news on Monday and will play in the Bloomington Regional to get the post season started. And on Tuesday there was more good news to be had when freshman Harrison Bader was named to the SEC All-Freshman team.

A New York native, Bader’s recruitment was a whirlwind. Initially committed to Pittsburgh, Bader decommitted and found himself committed to Maryland. Bader was all set to walk-on at Maryland before he was spotted by a coach from Florida this past summer and offered a scholarship later that day. Bader jumped at the chance to play baseball at Florida and Coach Kevin O’Sullivan is sure happy he did.

Bader started all 30 SEC contests this season and was second on the team with a .307 batting average, tied for second with 13 RBI, tied for fourth with 14 runs scored and led the team with 7 steals on just 8 attempts in those games. On the year Bader is hitting .304 with 35 runs, 22 RBI, 18 walks, 7doubles and leads the team with 14 steals on 19 attempts.

Bader was the only Gators to be named to any of the All-SEC teams.

The Gators will take on Austin Peay at 1 p.m. on Friday afternoon at Bart Kaufman Field as the No. 2 seed in the region. The regional is a double elimination style format and Florida will either play at 2 p.m. if they lose or 6 p.m. if they lose on Saturday.


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Nick de la Torre
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