Baseball Recap: Florida 9 – North Carolina State 8; Gators Advance To College World Series

Talk about dramatic. The No. 1 Florida Gators beat the North Carolina State Wolfpack on Sunday 9-8 in 10 innings to advance to the College World Series. It’s the Gators’ third-straight trip to Omaha and gives them yet another chance to bring home the school’s first baseball national championship.

Senior center fielder Daniel Pigott and freshman third baseman Josh Tobias were the offensive heroes in the final inning. Pigott led off the 10th with a solo homerun to put the Gators up 8-7. Tobias then drove in freshman second baseman Casey Turgeon to give Florida a 9-7 lead heading into the bottom of the inning. NC State got one run back, but wouldn’t get more.

The Gators used seven pitchers in the win with sophomore Karsten Whiston getting the victory to improve to 4-0 and sophomore Keenan Kish recording his first save of the season.

Florida will face either Oklahoma or SEC foe and defending national champion South Carolina in the opening round off the CWS. The Gamecocks currently lead that series 1-0.

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Florida Gators Video Of The Day: Baseball’s “Call Me Maybe” Video

It’s the weekend and for most students out there, it’s the summer break. While that doesn’t mean much besides warmer air and more annoying kids outside for all of you year-long workers, summer means more free time for students. We hope that you will be spending more time reading The Bull Gator, as I will be spending more time posting at it. That means it’s time for a new series at TBG. The Gators Video of the Day (GVOD for short) will feature, you guessed it, videos relating to the Florida Gators. They could be Gators athletes or homemade videos made by fans like ourselves. And if you have any suggestions for GVOD, email me at evandagator@gmail.com or TBG at onegameback@gmail.com. We will try our best to live up to the “of the day” part of the title.

After Jonathon Crawford’s no-hitter on Friday, it’s only fitting to give the first GVOD of the year to the Florida baseball team. They produced a stunning version of Carly Rae Jepson’s Call Me Maybe on what looks to be a team bus. It’s great to see that the guys are having some fun.

Here’s the cast list for the video:

Hudson Randall on the vocals
First row – left to right – Casey Turgeon, Nolan Fontana, Vickash Ramjit, Brian Johnson.
Second row – Preston Tucker, Mike Zunino
Bathroom gypsy – Keenan Kish
Last row – Austin “Mud Dog” Maddox

Let us know what you think. Who had the best part in the video? How did Florida baseball compare to Harvard’s rendition?

Baseball Recap: Florida 6 – Auburn 1; Gators Win SEC Tournament Opener

The young guns came to life on Tuesday as the No. 2 Florida Gators defeated the Auburn Tigers 6-1 in the opening game for both teams in the 2012 SEC Tournament. Sophomore starting pitcher Jonathon Crawford struck out nine over five and two-thirds innings to get his fifth win of the season. At the plate, freshman left fielder Justin Shafer drove in three runs and freshman second baseman Casey Turgeon drove in another two. The 41-16 Gators scored first with two runs in the bottom of the second inning and never lost the lead.

Florida has Wednesday off and will be in action again on Thursday, May 24 at 9:00pm. The Gators play the winner of either the South Carolina Gamecocks or the Vanderbilt Commodores who face off on Wednesday. Vanderbilt beat Georgia 4-1 in its first game and South Carolina received a first-day bye.

Baseball recaps are sponsored by Ben Versnik and Advocare – a world-class nutrition company specializing in health and wellness, weight management, vibrant energy and sports performance.

Baseball Recap: Florida 10 – Bethune-Cookman 1; Gators Offense Wakes Up

The No. 2/5 Florida Gators baseball team found its offensive grove on Wednesday night in a 10-1 win over the Bethune-Cookman Wildcats. Searching for run production, the Gators reaching double digits in scoring for the first time since a 10-2 victory over the Vanderbilt Commodores on March 16. In addition to the offensive surge, Florida’s pitching was on its game. Five pitchers combined to allow only one run to Bethune-Cookman, taking the pressure off of the offense to produce.

Senior right fielder Preston Tucker, junior first baseman Brian Johnson and freshman second baseman Casey Turgeon all had multiple hits and combined to score five of the Gators 10 runs. Tucker hit his 11th homerun, putting him one behind junior catcher Mike Zunino for the team lead. Freshman catcher Brandon Sedell hit the first homerun of his Florida career.

On the mound, sophomore starting pitcher Karsten Whiston put together an impressive performance to notch his third win of the season. Held to a limited pitch count, Whisten pitched four scoreless innings. The Gators used four relief pitchers to close out the victory. The four allowed only five hits over five innings.

Florida has Thursday off before beginning a three-game weekend series with the Arkansas Razorbacks.

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Baseball Recap: Florida 3 – Tennessee 1; Gators Take Game Over Vols

On Friday night, the No. 7 Florida Gators baseball team defeated the Tennessee Volunteers 3-2 in Knoxville, TN. The win marked the second in a row for the Gators and may have provided the team with a boost as they look to put that past stumble behind them. Florida improves to 27-7 (8-5 SEC) while Tennessee falls to 20-14 (6-7 SEC).

The Gators were led by shortstop Nolan Fontana who went 4-for-4 with two doubles, a run scored and an RBI. Second baseman Casey Turgeon and catcher Mike Zunino also scored runs and Zunino and designated hitter/first baseman Brian Johnson also had RBI.

The real treat was the pitching as three Florida pitchers combined to only allow one run despite nine hits from Tennessee. Starter Jonathon Crawford pitched five strong innings to get the win to improve to 4-1. Austin Maddox closed out the Vols for his tenth save.

The Gators face their SEC rival again on Saturday at 3:00pm. The game can be seen on Fox Sports Florida.

Baseball previews and recaps are sponsored by Ben Versnik and Advocare – a world-class nutrition company specializing in health and wellness, weight management, vibrant energy and sports performance.

Baseball Recap: Florida 6 – Florida State 3; Gators Complete Sweep Of Seminoles

The No. 7 Florida Gators baseball team rebounded from their slump on Tuesday night with a 6-3 victory over the No. 1 Florida State Seminoles. The win marked the third victory over FSU this season as Florida swept their instate rivals for the first time since 1958. The 26-7 Gators came back from a 3-0 deficit to defeat the nation’s new No. 1 – the 27-6 Noles. Half of FSU’s losses have now come from the team that previously occupied the top spot in the rankings.

Down 3-0 after three innings, the Gators scored in the next four frames and added another run in the ninth to double the Noles score. Five Florida batters had multiple hits, including a 3-for-5 performance from second baseman Casey Turgeon. Catcher Mike Zunino continued his impressive season with his 10th homerun. Zunino leads the Gators in batting average, doubles, homeruns, RBI, total bases and slugging.

Brian Johnson got the start on the mound, but left after three innings and wouldn’t get the decision. The win went to Ryan Harris who completed three innings of scoreless relief. Austin Maddox ended the game on the mound for the Gators, picking up his ninth save in the process.

Florida is off Wednesday and Thursday before traveling to Knoxville, TN for a three-game weekend series with the Tennessee Volunteers.

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Florida Gators 4 – Florida State Seminoles 1; Gators Baseball Too Much For FSU

The No. 1 Florida Gators’ baseball team was too much for the No. 4 Florida State Seminoles for the second time this season. On Tuesday night, Florida defeated FSU 4-1 to improve to 23-2 on the season. The Seminoles dropped to 21-4 in the process. Wins are good; wins over your biggest rival are better. The Gators have to feel good about themselves after three-straight victories over South Carolina and FSU.

The Gators got all four RBI from two players – Casey Turgeon and Vickash Ramjit. The pair had two RBI a piece and sparked the victory with their contributions to the three-run sixth inning. Johnny Magliozzi got the win in relief to improve to 3-0 on the season, while Austin Maddox recorded his eight save.

The Gators and ‘Noles face off again this season on April 10. In that game, Florida will look to sweep FSU in the spread-throughout-the-season series.

Florida Gators 8 – Vanderbilt Commodores 2; Oh So Very Many Wins

The No. 1 Florida Gators baseball team has done it again. And by it we mean win. And by again we mean over and over and over. For the third consecutive game, the victim was the Vanderbilt Commodores. That third win over Vandy is the 17th in a row for the Gators over all opponents. If you haven’t been paying attention to this team, now is as good a time as any to start.

It’s becoming increasingly evident that beyond goal number one of a national championship for their beloved Florida Gators, all orange and blue fans should be keeping their fingers crossed for four full seasons of Taylor Gushue. The freshman had just one hit in three at-bats on Sunday, but that one hit was a homerun – Gushue’s fifth of the season. Preston Tucker and Casey Turgeon also went yard.

While the Gators improved to 19-1 with the win, the series was costly to Florida. Tyler Thompson tore his ACL during the Friday game. The news is bad for both Thompson and the Gators, although this may be the deepest squad Florida has ever had.

The Gators are off on Monday before hosting Samford on Tuesday.

Florida Gators 3 – Florida Gulf Coast Eagles 2; Gators Claim Another Sweep Victim

The No. 1 Florida Gators baseball team defeated the Florida Gulf Coast Eagles 3-2 on Sunday to complete the weekend series sweep. Needing only four hits to secure the victory, the Gators won their 13th-straight game to improve to 15-1.

The Gators found little offense on Sunday as stars Preston Tucker and Mike Zunino combined to go 0-for-6. They weren’t alone as four other Gators also couldn’t manage hits despite multiple at-bats. But the ones that did would do enough to give Florida another win.

Despite that limited offense, it was homeruns that won it for the Gators. Florida got a two-run shot from Casey Turgeon and a solo homerun from Taylor Gushue in the win. The rest was up to pitching and defense.

Daniel Gibson got the win – his first of the season – in relief of starting pitching Jonathon Crawford. The save went to Austin Maddox – his fifth of 2012.

The Gators have the day off on Monday before jumping back into action on Tuesday against rival Florida State.

Baseball Recap: Florida Gators 5 – William & Mary Tribe 1; Preston Tucker Sets RBI Record

The No. 1 Florida Gators baseball team defeated the William & Mary Tribe 5-1 Saturday with help from their star senior outfielder/first baseman Preston Tucker. Tucker finally (after going 0-4 Friday) set the Gators’ school record for career RBI’s with 215. He passed Brad Wilkerson on the all-time list. Tucker went 2-4 with a solo homerun in the win.

Junior pitcher Brian Johnson also led the way, holding the Tribe scoreless until the seventh inning. In addition to the contributions of the upperclassmen, freshman Casey Turgeon added a two-run homerun in the sixth inning.

With the win Saturday, the Gators clinched the series against William & Mary and brought their overall record to an impressive 6-1.  They won opening game of the series Friday.  The Gators and Tribe will wrap up the series Sunday in Gainesville at 1:00 PM. In the first two games of the series, Florida has been too strong for William & Mary in all areas. The Gators will look to complete the sweep on Sunday.