UF baseball begins workouts


Published: Saturday, January 31, 2009 at 6:01 a.m.
Last Modified: Sunday, February 1, 2009 at 12:23 a.m.

The Gator baseball team hits the field today for their first workout and scrimmage of the spring in preparation for their season opener, which isn’t until Feb. 20 against No. 8 Louisville. UF, led by second-year head coach Kevin O’Sullivan, will practice at McKethan Stadium at 10 a.m.

The workout and scrimmage will be open to the public and free of charge.

“All of us are looking forward to having everyone on the field in one group,” said O’Sullivan, who finished last year 34-24. “With our season opener just over three weeks away, the players have been working hard in the weight room and during individual workouts to get ready. We will have some very good intra-team competition that should allow us to be well prepared for the season opener.”

Getting onto the field will be good for the Gators, who will look to put last week’s distraction behind them. UF, which is ranked No. 24, will play the season without one of their top pitchers from last year’s squad, Stephen Locke. The senior was dismissed from the team Tuesday, following a DUI arrest in Gainesville four days before.

Florida returns 17 players, including four who were named to the 2008 All-SEC team. There is also a highly anticipated crop of newcomers on O’Sullivan’s roster. Baseball America ranked UF’s recruiting class fifth in the nation.

Following a team scrimmage on Feb. 14, the players will hold a “Meet the Team” autograph session at 2 p.m., where the 2009 Gators will be available to sign the schedule poster.

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