Thursday, March 20, 2008

Gators Coming to Town

The Florida Gators come to Oxford this weekend for a three game series at Swayze Field. I do not know much about the Gators, except they are very good. They swept their first conference series and followed that up with a win over highly ranked Florida State.

It will be interesting to see what Ole Miss team shows up to play. Will it be the team that plays Friday and Saturday baseball or the team that plays Sunday Tuesday baseball. If the Rebels play like "cowards" like they did against Central Arkansas they will be killed by the Gators. I feel like the Rebs will show up to play and this will be a very tight series, however I think the Rebs will pull it out in the end and win the series 2-1.

Here is a preview of the weekend from the UF Athletic Department:

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Following a 6-1 conquest of No. 3 Florida State on Tuesday night that stretched its winning streak to seven games, Florida (15-3/3-0 SEC) visits Western Division leader Ole Miss (14-6/2-1 SEC) for three games at Oxford-University Stadium at Swayze Field. The Gators and Rebels have not met since the 2005 season, when UM captured the regular-season series in Oxford and then upended the Orange and Blue twice in three meetings at the SEC Tournament in Hoover, Ala.

Kevin O'Sullivan's squad started SEC play 3-0 for the first time since 2002 by defeating Auburn three times (7-1, 12-8, 6-2) at McKethan Stadium and joins Kentucky and Tennessee atop the Eastern Division standings. Meanwhile, Ole Miss claimed its first two meetings at Mississippi State (15-6, 11-6), before dropping the finale, 4-0.

Sophomore right-hander Billy Bullock (Balm, Fla.) (2-2, 2.78) will start game one Friday at 7:30 p.m. live on FSN Florida against UM junior right-hander Lance Lynn (4-0, 1.23). Bullock collected his first-ever SEC victory last Friday night by limiting Auburn to one run on five hits over 6.1 innings and matched his career high of six strikeouts.

In a matchup of right-handers on Saturday at 2:30 p.m. live on FSN Florida, junior Patrick Keating (Harrisburg, Ill.) (2-0, 2.41) will face Rebel junior Cody Satterwhite (2-0, 4.50). Keating worked five innings in his last outing, a 12-8 triumph over Auburn, in which he scattered seven hits and permitted one run.

Sunday's series finale can be viewed on GatorVision Online at 1 p.m. and will feature rookie righty Tommy Toledo (Tampa, Fla.) (3-0, 2.14) opposing Ole Miss sophomore left-hander Nathan Baker (1-2, 4.19). Toledo has worked at least five innings in each of his four starts and helped the Gators complete the sweep of the Tigers on Sunday afternoon by surrendering two hits and zero runs over a career-high six frames.