The University of Florida has released head baseball coach Pat McMahon from his contract after back to back disappointing seasons. He led the Gators to the College World Series in 2005 but lost the championship series to Texas. Athletic Director Jeremy Foley (no relation) has announced a national search will begin immediately for a new coach.
Official Florida Release
GAINESVILLE – Sophomore right-hander Kyle Sweat tossed eight shutout innings as UCF (18-19) upended Florida (20-16), 6-2, on Tuesday night at McKethan Stadium in Gainesville. Sweat (3-2) retired the final 10 Gators he faced and did not surrender a hit after the fourth inning in matching the longest outing of his career. His teammates backed him with a 14-hit offensive attack, led by junior Dwayne Bailey (3-for-4). UF plated two runs in the ninth and had the potential tying run at the plate to close the contest.
Tyson Auer’s two-run single in the third inning kept UCF’s longest hitting streak of the season alive. Auer pushed it to 12 games by going 2-for-5 and also swiped his team-best 17th base vs. the Gators.
The Gators return to SEC action on Friday night when they face No. 9 Arkansas (25-10) in the opener of a weekend series at 8:05 p.m. in Fayetteville. Each team has an 8-4 mark in league play, with Florida leading the East and the Hogs on top in West. To celebrate the upcoming bye weekend in Conference USA play, UCF will host its annual UCF Baseball Golf Classic Saturday at 1:30 p.m. at Shingle Creek Golf Club.
Matt LaPorta hit two three run homers and Austin Pride hit a grand slam to lead the Gators to a 16-7 victory over the Florida State Seminoles in a non-conference tilt in Jacksonville. The game drew a crowd of 12,280 which was only 663 people short of the stadium record. The Seminoles pitching staff was knocked around early on as they allowed ten runs over the first two innings. Seminoles starter Caleb Graham only lasted 1.2 innings while giving up six runs. He was followed by Travis Burge who only lasted 0.1 of an inning while giving up four runs on three hits. FSU returns to action on Friday when they visit NC State while Florida heads home to host South Carolina.
Tallahassee Democrat Recap
Tallahassee Democrat Article on Atmosphere
The Independent Florida Alligator Online Recap
The Florida Times -Union Recap
The Florida State Seminoles invaded Gainesville on Tuesday night and picked up a 14-6 victory. FSU starter Bo O’Dell only lasted 1.1 innings while giving up 4 runs (all earned). He was followed by Travis Burge and Brian Chambers. Burge lasted three innings giving up a single hit and one run. Mr. Chambers followed him by pitching 3.2 innings while only giving up one run. Danny Rosen pitched a scoreless ninth to complete the pitching line for the Noles. FSU was led on offense by Tony Thomas Jr. who went 3-5 in the lead off role while scoring three runs. D’Vontrey Richardson and Jason Stidham each had a home run in the game.
FSU Game Recap
Florida Game Recap
Tallahassee Democrat Recap
The Florida State Seminoles will be playing their first road game of the season with a visit to Gainesville to take on the Gators. FSU is entering the game with a number 2 ranking and a 9-0 record. The Gators are entering the game after taking 2 out of 3 from Miami and they have a 4-3 overall record.
Florida Game Notes
FSU Game Notes
Tallahassee Democrat Article about the Rivalry
The Gainesville Sun is reporting Matt LaPorta will be returning for his Senior year as he was not able to work out a deal with the Boston Red Sox who drafted him in the 14th round of this past year’s draft. LaPorta’s stock dropped dramatically this past season with only a .259 batting average after a super sophomore year when he was among the best players in the country. This is a huge story to see LaPorta return to the Gators lineup as they try to make the NCAA’s in the upcoming season.
Article can be seen here.
The SEC had a good day with The Florida Gators beating the Seminoles of Florida State 8-1 and Tennessee used a 2 run homer in the top of the ninth to knock off Georgia Tech 3-2. Florida got a complete game from Tommy Boss as he gave up 7 hits and only 1 run in his nine innings of work. The Florida offense was led by 3 consecutive solo homeruns by Jerolman, McArthur, and Leclerc to make the score 7-1 after five innings. This looked to me like the knockout punch by Florida tonight as FSU’s ace looked weak and the rest of the staff is suppose to be weaker. I think Florida will pull this off after this performance tonight. The Vols needed the Rob Fitzgerald homer in the top of the ninth off of Georgia Tech closer Matt Wieters to win the game. This was a must win game for the Vols as their ace Luke Hochevar pitched seven great innings allowing 5 hits and only 1 earned run. He struck out 11. The rest of this series should be interesting.
Here are some links to some articles around the country about the Super Regionals.
The Times-Picayune checks in with a few articles about the Regional. The first one is about Nathan Southard, one about Wayne Graham , and the final one is about the threat of a tropical storm interrupting the series.
The Houston Chronicle has three articles today about College Baseball. One about the Rice pitching staff, one about Baylor’s recent turnaround this season, and the final one is about TCU’s Lance Broadway who is up for the Roger Clemens award.
The Lincoln Journal Star has a ton of articles about the Huskers and Canes. The first one focuses on Mike Anderson. Another one focuses on Husker assistant Andy Sawyers. We also have articles on Ryan Braun and also an article about the Huskers two aces. Wow, There is only one more from the Lincoln Star and that is on Zach Kroenke. There is also an editorial about the game from Steven M. Sipple.
The Sun-Sentinel checks in with an article from Jim Sarni about the Huskers series. There is also an article on the Figueroa brothers. The Miami Herald has an article about Miami pitcher Andrew Lane and also an article on Seminole pitcher Bryan Henry.
The Corvallis Gazette-Times has an article about the interest in OSU baseball with this dream season of theirs.
The Gainesville Sun comes in with an article about Brian LeClerc’s hair and Tyler Chamberliss of FSU.
I have to go watch some games…Take it easy and Enjoy the games.
These two teams met in the biggest games since the 1996 CWS. Florida State won the season series 2 games to one this season with one game in Tallahassee and two in Gainesville.
Florida State is led by Aaron Cheesemen and Shane Robinson on offense. Cheeseman is a Fifth year senior catcher who hit .299 Avg with 50 RBI’s. He also threw out 40 % of his runners. Robinson hit .434 Avg with 48 steals in 55 attempts. This kid is a little guy that knows how to get on base and score runs. He scored 94 runs this season in 71 games. He also broke an FSU record with a 40 game hit streak. Robinson was named Collegiate Baseball’s National Player of the year and is one of four finalists for the Xanthus-Dick Howser Trophy.
The main problem for Florida State this year has been their pitching staff after Bryan Henry. He was named the top pitcher in the ACC this season with his 9-2 record and a 1.61 ERA. He has a strikeout to walk ratio of 55 to 17. After Henry the Seminoles rotation becomes really suspect with Mark Sauls and Michael Hyde. Sauls comes into the game 6-1 with a 3.68 ERA. The main problem with Sauls is that he has a 1 to 1 ratio of strikeouts to walks. Michael Hyde is 7-2 with 4.40 ERA. Hyde pitched against Army in the opening round of the tournament and only let up 2 runs in 6 innings but the Gators are a little bit better then the Cadets.
Florida’s offense is led by Matt LaPorta who has hit .336 AVG and has 24 Homeruns with 73 RBI’s. His counterpart in their offensive attack is the rest of his team. None of the other players are outstanding on their own merits but are very solid players who know how to get on base for the big hitter LaPorta. Senior Center Fielder Jeff Corsaletti is one of these types of players who hit .378 this season and was a fifth round pick of the World Champion Boston Red Sox. Florida is well rounded and there is no let down in their order.
Florida’s top pitcher is Alan Horne who enters with 8-2 record and a 4.14 ERA. Horne’s numbers are very high for an ace on the staff but he has had problems in the first inning of many of his starts and tends to settle down as the game goes on. So the strategy is to jump on Horne early before he can get into a routine. The other two probable starters for the Gators are Bryan Ball (7-4 3.29 ERA) and Alan Horne (8-2 4.05 ERA). Based on the stats it looks like Ball has pitched better this season but is lacking the run support of Horne. I have seen both of these guys pitch and I believe that Ball has better stuff then Horne.
I believe the FSU wins this hotly contested series in three games taking games 1 and 3 to win.