UF Roundup: 3 Gators on Preseason All-American baseball list

Florida pitcher Alex Faedo delivers a ball against Mississippi State during the fourth inning of a Southeastern Conference NCAA college baseball tournament game at the Hoover Met, Friday, May 27, 2016, in Hoover, Ala.

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Published: Monday, December 19, 2016 at 9:46 p.m.
Last Modified: Monday, December 19, 2016 at 9:46 p.m.

Florida juniors Alex Faedo, Dalton Guthrie and JJ Schwarz were named to the 2017 Collegiate Baseball Preseason All-America Teams, released Monday. Faedo was named to the first team, Schwarz to the second team and Guthrie was a third team selection.

Faedo earned multiple All-America honors in 2016 after leading the SEC in wins (13) and strikeouts (133). He posted a 13-3 record on the year and has a career record of 19-4 (.826 – best win percentage in school history).

Schwarz earned All-America honors for the second straight year after leading the team with 60 RBI last season. He batted .290 with seven home runs and 15 doubles.

Guthrie was a second team All-SEC pick in 2016 and was named to the SEC All-Defensive Team at shortstop. He served as the Gators’ primary leadoff hitter and batted .305 with 47 runs scored.

Last season, Florida went 52-16 and reached the College World Series for the second straight year after becoming the only program in the country to earn a top-eight national seed for NCAA play for the seventh time in eight years.

The Gators open the 2017 season on Feb. 17 against William and Mary at McKethan Stadium. Season tickets and Mini Plans are on sale and can be purchased online through FloridaGators.com or by calling the Gator Ticket Office at 1-800-34-GATOR from 8:30 a.m.-5 p.m., Monday through Friday.


Gators take court Tuesday vs. Indiana

WINTER PARK — Florida returns from a nine-day break of competition when the Gators turned their attention exclusively to the classroom, where final exams were being held Dec 10-16.

The Gators (7-3) will play Indiana (8-3) at 7:45 p.m. Tuesday and Florida A&M (1-8) at 5:30 p.m. Wednesday in the Florida Sunshine Classic.

Pairings for the two-game event were predetermined. The Hoosiers will face Stony Brook on Wednesday, while the Rattlers will play Stony Brook Tuesday.

"Indiana is very good," UF coach Amanda Butler said. "They returned everyone from last year's NCAA Tournament team that surprised a lot of folks. This year, they aren't surprising as many people because everybody knows how good they are. They are very balanced."

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