College Baseball started this past weekend. You may have missed this with all the happenings at Daytona, plus the great college basketball games that went on at the same time. To catch you up, the top ranked Florida Gators, who went deep into last season’s College World Series, did nothing to disappoint as they swept the Florida Gulf Coast Eagles in a three game series.
The already deep Florida pitching staff looks to be even better with the addition of freshmen stud Brady Singer and sophomore Nick Horvath. Dane Dunning, a start last season, has been installed as the closer and got a save in the season opener.
Two freshmen bats have already had an impact in what is a very deep Gators batting order. Deacon Liput and Jonathan India drove in three runs each in Florida’s 8-4 win in the second game of the series and Liput followed that up with four RBIs in the series finale, a 12-4 Florida win. The series drew an Opening Weekend record 14,000+ fans to McEthan Stadium to watch this Gators team that should be the early season favorite not only to go back to Omaha, but win the National Championship.
With a weekend starting rotation that includes Logan Shore, A. J. Puk and Alex Faedo, all with CWS experience and all who when they are right can mow through an opposing lineup, and with sluggers such as J. J. Schwarz and Mike Rivera returning, along with Peter Alonso and the defensive center field play of Buddy Reed, it is hard to find a weakness with this Gators team. The pen is solid with guys such as Kirby Snead to go along with Horvath and Dunning.
Florida will try to run its record to 4-0 on Tuesday as they open a two-game series with Eastern Michigan at McEthan Stadium. The series will conclude in Lakeland at the Spring Training home of the Detroit Tigers, Joker Marchant Stadium on Wednesday.
This sets up a big early season showdown with the rival Miami Hurricanes, who the Gators knocked out of last year’s College World Series in Omaha. If you are a fan of College baseball, you will not want to miss any of the action in that series. The Canes will be at home with revenge on their plate, while the Gators will be looking to continue their recent dominance over Miami.