Florida to kick off Fall Practice on Friday

FROM CBB NEWS SOURCE

FloridaFallBall The University of Florida baseball team will open its fall practice session on Friday, Sept. 25, at McKethan Stadium. The entire squad will have workouts, including several scrimmages, between Sept. 25 and Nov. 1. The fall practice will conclude with a pair of nine-inning games, in which the Gators are split into two teams, on Saturday, Oct. 31, and Sunday, Nov. 1.

UF’s fall roster includes 31 players, 11 of whom are newcomers to the program. The team has been conducting individual workouts and conditioning drills since the beginning of the fall semester. Head coach Kevin O’Sullivan begins his third season at the helm and is joined by assistant coaches Craig Bell, Brad Weitzel and Don Norris.

"We are all excited about getting on the field again as a group,” O’Sullivan said. “The Fall will allow us to evaluate our players and determine roles for the pitching staff. We have a very good core of players returning a talented group of newcomers that should make the fall practice competitive.”

Practices during the week will be held on Tuesday through Friday starting at 2:45 p.m., while Saturday and Sunday’s practices will begin at 10 a.m. The schedule can be subject to change depending on weather or other events held on campus. O’Sullivan’s current squad is comprised of seven seniors, three juniors, 11 sophomores, and 10 freshmen.

The Gators will begin their 2010 campaign next February at McKethan Stadium. Florida was 42-22 overall and claimed the Southeastern Conference’s Eastern Division title on its way to a berth in the 2009 NCAA Gainesville Super Regional.