No. 4 Florida Gators baseball routs Florida State on the way to 2015 College World Series

By Adam Silverstein
June 6, 2015

By Andrew Olson – baseball writer

For the first time since 2012, No. 4 Florida Gators baseball is going back to Omaha, Nebraska, after earning a spot in the 2015 College World Series on Saturday night. Florida (49-16) overcame an early two-run deficit to earn an 11-4 victory over the Florida State Seminoles at McKethan Stadium in Gainesville, Florida.

UF outscored FSU 24-9 over during the 2015 Gainesville Super Regionals, pulling off a 13-5 win on Friday night.

Freshman catcher JJ Schwarz (3/4, 2 HR, 3 RBI, 3 R) led the way on offense for the Gators with two deep blasts to left field. Schwarz, Florida’s rookie phenom, owns a new school record with 18 home runs during his freshman campaign. Schwarz has hit a blazing hot 22-for-39 (.564) in postseason play, going 12-for-20 (.600) in five 2015 NCAA Tournament games. If Schwarz can keep his hot streak up next week in Omaha, UF will be tough to beat.

This year’s berth marks Florida’s ninth trip to the College World Series, its fourth in eight seasons under head coach Kevin O’Sullivan (2010-12). UF will face No. 5 Miami in opening-round action; the Gators took two-of-three games from the Canes in Gainesville from Feb. 20-22.


Here are three takeaways from Florida’s Super Regional sweep:

1. Early momentum: The Noles were not ready to concede the Super Regional to the Gators after Friday’s lopsided victory. Florida State took advantage of a rare multi-error first inning (with other miscues absent from the box score) to jump out to a 2-0 lead and grab the early momentum. Florida snatched the mojo right back thanks to a mammoth two-run homer off the bat of Schwarz in the top of the second. Schwarz showcased his maturity by not letting two dropped balls in the first inning negatively affect his approach at the plate.

2. Dominant when it mattered: Sophomore left-handed pitcher A.J. Puk had a solid but not spectacular outing (4.0 IP, 4 H, 3 ER [4 R], 3 BB, 6 K). Puk struggled in the first and fifth innings but dominated the second thorugh fourth innings, quieting FSU’s bats as UF mounted a 9-2 advantage.

3. Extra motivation: With the 2015 MLB Draft just around the corner, this was likely the last home game for two junior leaders in left fielder Harrison Bader (2/5, HR, 3 RBI, R, BB) and shortstop Richie Martin (2/6, HR, RBI, R). These upperclassmen went out in style on one of the most memorable days of their college careers. Martin and Bader had previously seen their seasons end in the Regional round of the NCAA Tournament but certainly made the most of their opportunities on Saturday.


  1. jpowell863 says:

    If they keep the bats that hot, with the pitching we have on any given day, they are going to be a tough match up in Omaha. Let’s go Gators bring home another championship while people cry about not getting 5 star football recruits……. #Winning #GatorNation #CWS 🐊🐊🐊

  2. SW Fl Joe says:

    Whether he means it or not, Sully needs to come out this week and squash any rumours about the Clemson job. The team needs 100% focus on the games and not outside distractions

  3. Basshole says:

    With that headline, I had to refresh twice to make sure it wasn’t a re-posting of Friday’s article. It’s great to make it to the CWS, even better to do it at the expense of the Noles.

  4. Ken (CA) says:

    With the way the chips have fallen, the Gators have a very favorable draw to get to the championship series, as well.

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