Takeaways: Gators’ bats go cold, Florida falls into CWS loser’s bracket after 1-0 loss to Virginia

By Andrew Olson – OnlyGators.com baseball writer

The Virginia Cavaliers shut down and shut out No. 4 Florida Gators baseball (50-17) on Monday in the second round of the 2015 College World Series, ending UF’s 10-game winning streak and handing it a loss (1-0) for the first time in the 2015 NCAA Tournament.

Runs were hard to come by for both the Gators and Cavaliers late Monday in a game that did not start until 10:09 p.m. ET. Sophomore left-handed pitcher A.J. Puk (5.1 IP, 4 H, ER, 3 BB, 5 K) allowed only one hit through his first five innings but ran into trouble in the sixth, giving up three straight singles to load the bases. Junior right-hand pitcher Taylor Lewis (1.1 IP, H, 2 BB) forced a fly out that resulted in a sacrifice run, the game’s only score, to cross the plate.

Virginia LHP Brandon Waddell worked Florida, retiring 12 straight batters while holding the Gators to only two hits into the eighth inning. The Gators had runners at the corners with no outs in that frame but saw RHP Josh Sborz (2.0 IP) work his way out of the jam.

Florida, which accumulated 98 runs over its 10-game win streak, went a combined 2-for-31 at the plate. The Gators’ 1-5 hitters combined to go 0-for-17 with two walks.

Here are three takeaways from the UF’s excruciating loss:
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Agent says former Gators LB Ronald Powell was ‘profiled’ not given ‘preferential treatment’

The agent of former Florida Gators linebacker Ronald Powell claimed his client was profiled – not given preferential treatment – during a 2014 traffic stop in Gainesville, Florida, that nearly resulted in Powell being arrested on drug charges.

According to The Times-Picayune, Powell’s agent called ESPN and Outside the Lines‘ description of the incident, in which an officer claims to have found traces of cocaine and linked the player’s driver’s license address to that of a known drug house, a “complete fabrication.”

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Former Florida Gators football player Titus O’Neil wins WWE Tag Team Championship

Six years after joining WWE as a developmental wrestler, Titus O’Neil has risen to the top of the company by winning the WWE Tag Team Championship on Sunday during the company’s Money in the Bank pay-per-view.

O’Neil, who teams with Darren Young as the Prime Time Players, defeated New Day, the title holders entering the event.

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OTL: Florida Gators had most athletes involved in crimes, Ronald Powell avoided cocaine arrest

An Outside the Lines report released Sunday, the result of a 10-program investigation, found that the Florida Gators had the most football and men’s basketball athletes named in criminal investigations from 2009-14.

OTL found that 80 football and basketball players — making up 24 percent of the combined rosters — were cited for more than 100 crimes during that six-year span, also noting that the Gators had the most repeat offenders.

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Takeaways: Florida Gators baseball crushes Miami 15-3 in 2015 College World Series opener

By Andrew Olson – OnlyGators.com baseball writer

One down and four to go. An 11-run fourth inning carried No. 4 Florida Gators baseball (47-19) to a 15-3 blowout win over the No. 5 Miami Hurricanes in the opening round of the 2015 College World Series on Saturday in Omaha, Nebraska.

The 15 runs Florida scored set a new record for CWS games in TD Ameritrade Park, which has hosted the series since 2011.

The Gators big inning almost didn’t happen. In the bottom of the fourth, senior third baseman Josh Tobias (1/4, 3 RBI, 2 R) drew a lead off walk, and freshman catcher JJ Schwarz (2/4, 2 RBI, 2 R, BB) hit a chopper to Miami shortstop Brandon Lopez, who failed to field the ball cleanly and rushed his throw to first base. Instead of a double play to empty the bases, Florida had runners on second and third with nobody out, trailing 2-1. Fourteen additional UF batters came to the plate in the frame, and by time the UM recorded the third out, the Gators led 12-2.

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4 NFL BITS: Brandon Spikes charged with four counts after leaving scene of car accident

1 » Massachusetts State Police announced Friday that it has been determined that the Mercedes Maybach sedan owned by former Florida Gators linebacker Brandon Spikes was not only driven by Spikes the night it got into an accident but hit another car rather than a deer as he told the OnStar operator that responded to the crash. As such, Spikes will be charged with four courts by the state: leaving the scene of a personal injury crash, operating a motor vehicle negligently to endanger, speeding and failure to stay within marked lanes. The New England Patriots, which had signed Spikes to a one-year deal in the offseason, cut him the same day the initial report of his car being involved in an accident was released.

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David Lee’s contributions once again saving Golden State Warriors, this time in NBA Finals

Golden State Warriors head coach Steve Kerr probably should have figured this out in the Western Conference Semifinals against Memphis, but the insertion of former Florida Gators power forward David Lee into his lineup late in Game 3 of the NBA Finals keyed a turnaround for the team that has resulted in the series now being tied at 2-2.

Lee, a two-time NBA All-Star relegated to a reserve role with Golden State this season, has taken his demotion in stride, buying into the team concept and helping the Warriors whenever possible.

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Florida Gators football’s new indoor practice facility going up fast, on schedule

Once seen by athletic director Jeremy Foley as a luxury, the indoor practice facility now being built by the Florida Gators quickly became a need for the program, so much so that it scrapped its original plans for a smaller structure in order to build one large enough to placate new head football coach Jim McElwain.

Now, a little more than four months after construction began, the facility remains on pace to open in September ahead of the 2015 season, a construction project manager and Florida spokesman both confirmed to OnlyGators.com this week.

McElwain and the Gators appear pleased with the yet-to-be-completed structure, though there are some questions to be raised and answered about the indoor practice facility.

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