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Gators excited for a chance to return to the CWS (Expanded Alligator's Preview)

Discussion in 'Diamond Gators' started by gatorjjh, Feb 12, 2020.

  1. gatorjjh

    gatorjjh A Gator with a Glass half full attitude Moderator VIP Member

    Apr 3, 2007
    Irvine, Fl
    Gators excited for a chance to return to the CWS
    Alligator Sports Dylan O'Shea
    It’s Friday Night Lights but on the diamond. The Gators will open their season against Marshall in a three-game series starting Friday. UF is coming off of a disappointing 2019 season in which the squad failed to make it past regionals. The Gators had made the College World Series four straight years prior to 2019, winning it all in 2017.

    Junior pitcher and first baseman Jordan Butler is looking to get back to Omaha, and he said it all starts with Florida’s opener against Marshall.

    He spoke on Tuesday about the season opener on Friday, along with the benefit it will have to some of the younger players on the team. “Everything is a lot different when the lights go on and it’s spring,” Butler said. “I’m excited to see how the freshmen react to the big stage.” Butler also said it’s important for all of the freshmen to get thrown into the action early this year.

    Youth and inexperience, especially on the mound, was one of the main reasons UF failed to book a flight to Omaha last season. Florida’s offense was stout, posting a cumulative .284 batting average. However, its pitchers sputtered in big-time moments, registering a 5.37 ERA, the second-worst in the SEC.

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  2. gatorbogey

    gatorbogey Premium Member

    Apr 3, 2007
    s. e. florida
    Lots and lots of options for Sully both on the mound, in the pen and out in the field.

    gonna be interesting to see how he manages the roster, who plays against whom, etc.

    we will probably see a lot of different faces for Marshall and the first couple of mid-week games.

    I would imagine, vs Miami, we’ll see who Sully thinks are our best, at least at this early stage of the season, for all 3 games, I’m guessing. With maybe a tweak/change here and there, e.g. at catcher
  3. gatorjjh

    gatorjjh A Gator with a Glass half full attitude Moderator VIP Member

    Apr 3, 2007
    Irvine, Fl
    Florida Baseball Season Preview
    Joseph Salvador, Dylan O'Shea, Bryan Matamoros, Alligator Sports Writers
    Gators to watch at the plate
    The Gators’ bats have a chance to be electric this season.
    No. 10 Florida will look to emulate last season’s potent offensive performances.
    UF’s offense was ranked fourth in the SEC in 2019; often picking up the slack for an underperforming pitching staff.
    During the 2019 season, the staff placed constant pressure on the offense. That pressure didn’t create diamonds, but it did produce one of the most resilient offenses that Gators coach Kevin O’Sullivan said he’s seen.
    Florida’s sluggers stormed back against early deficits time and time again over the final 11 games of 2019, posting seven-plus runs in each contest.
    Returning hitters that can apply pressure to opponents’ pitching staffs this season are left fielder Austin Langworthy, center fielder Jud Fabian and first baseman Kendrick Calilao.
    Langworthy is the only senior projected to suit up as an everyday starter in 2020. His 10 home runs in 2019 are the highest of any returning player, and he can provide key leadership to Florida’s 15 new faces.
    Fabian posted a .232 batting average last season but was tied with Cory Acton for the team lead in walks with 28. Fabian also notched 26 RBI over his freshman campaign. He was the only Gator named to the coaches’ preseason All-SEC team.

    Jacob Young, who posted a .311 batting average last season, has the ability to provide constant traffic on the basepaths for Florida.
    Florida Baseball Season Preview
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  4. 74nole

    74nole GC Hall of Fame

    Apr 9, 2007
    Marianna, Fl
    It is time for our pitchers to step up and pull their half of the wagon.....
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  5. missourigator

    missourigator GC Hall of Fame

    Apr 13, 2007
    Too many question marks for Sully. Didn't sign a dominant pitcher (unless one of the freshmen surprises). Baseball is all about pitching. Softball has already found that out.
  6. gtj31

    gtj31 GC Hall of Fame

    Apr 8, 2007
    London, United Kingdom
    Not sure what you mean by “didn’t sign a dominant pitcher”. UF got 2 of the top 3 arms in the country that made it to campus. Leiter would be the 3rd and he went to Vandy.
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    WESGATORS Moderator VIP Member

    Apr 3, 2007
    2 of 3 is .667, that's a D in elementary school. College has tougher standards. This could be a gloomy season.

    Go GATORS!