Takeaways: Florida Gators upend Virginia 10-5, force rubber match for Championship Series berth

By Andrew Olson – OnlyGators.com baseball writer

No. 4 Florida Gators baseball (52-17) lived to fight another day, thumping the Virginia Cavaliers 10-5 on Friday afternoon to force a Saturday rubber match with a spot in the 2015 College World Series Championship Series on the line.

Virginia struck first, using two first-inning singles off sophomore right-handed pitcher Logan Shore (6.1 IP, 8 H, 4 ER, 2 BB, 4 K) to take a 1-0 lead. But unlike Monday night, one run was not going to be enough to beat Florida.

The Gators had two bursts of offense, a four-run third inning to reclaim the lead and a five-run sixth inning to put the game out of reach, battling back in the contest to keep their season alive.

Florida has thrived under the pressure of must-win games in the 2015 postseason. The Gators won four straight elimination games in Hoover, Alabama, to win the 2015 SEC Tournament Championship out of the loser’s bracket and have now come out on top twice with the season on the line at TD Ameritrade Park in Omaha, Nebraska. UF will need to do it one more time on Saturday to advance to the CWS finals.

Here are three takeaways from UF’s important win:

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Reports: Florida basketball to host FGCU in ’15-16

Just weeks before the Florida Gators and Florida Gulf Coast Eagles squared off in the 2013 NCAA Tournament, few knew of the upstart program that dunked its way to the Sweet 16 only to go down 62-50 to the Gators.

FGCU, or “Dunk City” as they were affectionately known, is now a familiar name to college basketball fans, and its status has reportedly earned it a rematch with UF.

According to local media reports, the Gators will host the Eagles as part of their 2015-16 nonconference schedule, as first noted by Alligator Army. Florida will reportedly play FCU on Nov. 27 at the Stephen C. O’Connell Center in Gainesville.

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Takeaways: Florida Gators set College World Series home run records in 10-2 win over Miami

By Andrew Olson – OnlyGators.com baseball writer

Two nights after being shutout while going 2-for-31 at the plate, No. 4 Florida Gators baseball (51-17) launched four home runs and set a couple records in the process, staving off elimination with a 10-2 rout of the Miami Hurricanes in the 2015 College World Series.

Florida’s four homers were the most ever at in a CWS game at TD Ameritrade Park, which has hosted the event since 2011 and is located in Omaha, Nebraska. Three of the four blasts were also the longest ever hit in the stadium over the five-year span, respectfully measuring 421, 414 and 412 feet.

All nine Gators starters recorded hits Wednesday. The biggest of the night – in size, not importance – came off the bat of sophomore first baseman Peter Alonso (2/5, HR, 2 RBI, R), who launched the 421-foot home bomb.

Florida improved to 5-0 in postseason elimination games this campaign, winning its first CWS loser’s bracket game since 1996.

Here are three takeaways from UF’s explosive win:

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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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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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Super Regionals: Florida Gators baseball hosts Florida State Seminoles with CWS on the line

Event: Gainesville Super Regional – 2015 NCAA Tournament
Location: McKethan Stadium – Gainesville, Florida [Capacity: 5,500]
Times: Friday – 7:30 p.m. | Saturday – 5 p.m. | Sunday – TBA

TV: Friday/Saturday – ESPN2 | Sunday – TBA (Gabe Gross, Tom Hart)
Streaming Video: WatchESPN.com | Mobile Video: Watch ESPN app
Radio: Gator Radio Network [Affiliates]

Live Updates: @OnlyGators on Twitter

(3/3) FLORIDA GATORS (10/12) FSU SEMINOLES
Head Coach: Kevin O’Sullivan Head Coach: Mike Martin
Record: 47-16 Record: 44-19
Conference: Southeastern Conference: Atlantic Coast

Head-to-head in 2015: Florida State 2-1 in three meetings

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Florida Gators react on Twitter to softball winning back-to-back national championships

No. 1 Florida Gators softball went back-to-back, winning its second straight NCAA National Championship on Wednesday by taking down the No. 3 Michigan Wolverines 4-1 in Game 3 of the 2015 Women’s College World Series.

With Florida now having defended its 2014 national title and becoming just the third program in softball history to win consecutive championships, former and current Gators were quick to take to Twitter and share their excitement.

Before we get to that (after the break), you can watch Florida’s national championship celebration, set for Thursday at 5 p.m., right here:

OnlyGators.com has gathered all of the social media reaction and rolled it all together.

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BACK-2-BACK CHAMPS: Florida Gators softball wins 2015 WCWS, second straight national title

No. 1 Florida Gators softball became just the third program in the history of the sport to win back-to-back national championships, defeating the No. 3 Michigan Wolverines 4-1 on Wednesday in Game 3 of the 2015 Women’s College World Series Championship Series in Oklahoma City.

Senior right-handed pitcher Lauren Haeger (7.0 IP, 5 H, ER, BB, 5 K), the 2015 USA Softball Player of the Year, went the distance for Florida and also continued her dominance at the plate by going 1/1 with an RBI single and two intentional walks. With Wednesday’s performance a compliment to her tremendous effort throughout the event, she was named the Most Outstanding Player of the 2015 NCAA Tournament.

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