Red-hot Gators retake No. 1 baseball ranking; India SEC player of week

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Florida third baseman Jonathan India, right, celebrates his homer with teammates in Game 3 of the SEC baseball series between Vanderbilt at Florida on Sunday. [Cyndi Chambers/Correspondent]

Florida, which has won six straight games over Top 10-ranked opponents, outscoring them 49-14, returned to No. 1 in the D1Baseball Top 25 rankings Monday.

The Florida pitching staff combined for 36 strikeouts with just six walks in three games against Vanderbilt, posting a 2.33 earned run average and limiting the Commodores to a .163 batting average.

Florida wraps up its home stand Tuesday against Florida Gulf Coast at 6 p.m. The Gators will hit the road this weekend for a three-game series at Tennessee beginning Friday night.

Junior Jonathan India was named the SEC Player of the Week for his performance against No. 5 Florida State and No. 8 Vanderbilt.

India went 6-for-13 last week with two home runs, five runs scored and four RBI as he helped lead the Gators to four wins over Top 10 ranked opponents. He now has five home runs in SEC play are tied for the most in the conference.

With a hit in every game last week, India extended his career-best hitting streak to 15 games. In that span, he is batting .551 (27-for-49) with a 1.143 slugging percentage and .629 on-base percentage. He has seven home runs and 16 RBI in that span.

Rank Team Overall Record Record Last Week Previous Rank
1 Florida 25-5 4-0 2
2 Stanford 20-3 3-1 3
3 Ole Miss 25-4 3-1 4
4 Oregon State 21-4 1-2 1
5 Arkansas 19-9 2-2 5
6 Florida State 22-7 2-2 7
7 Texas Tech 23-6 2-1 9
8 NC State 23-5 3-1 10
9 Kentucky 19-9 2-2 6
10 Indiana 20-5 4-0 11
11 Clemson 22-6 4-0 12
12 East Carolina 20-6 2-1 16
13 Southern Miss 19-7 2-2 14
14 Duke 24-5 4-0 19
15 Vanderbilt 17-11 0-4 8
16 Georgia 21-7 3-1 NR
17 LSU 18-11 2-2 21
18 Missouri 21-7 2-1 NR
19 Auburn 22-7 2-2 13
20 Oklahoma 20-10 3-1 NR
21 UCLA 16-7 1-2 15
22 Louisiana Tech 22-8 3-1 NR
23 Missouri State 19-7 3-1 NR
24 Coastal Carolina 21-9 2-2 24
25 Wichita State 19-6 2-2 22
Dropped Out
Texas A&M 21-8 2-2 17
TCU 14-10 0-3 18
Louisville 19-8 1-2 20
San Diego State 18-9 2-2 23
Illinois 17-7 2-2 25

 

 

4 COMMENTS

  1. Six wins in a row, all against Top 10 teams. I think the most impressive win was the 1-0 blanking of the ‘Noles in Jacksonville. What is so fascinating about college baseball is how a team like the Gators can lose 2 straight midweek games to then unranked UCF, and then go on to win 6 of 7 from Arkansas, FSU and Vandy. Meanwhile, FSU took 2 straight from UCF! I think, and this is just my opinion, that finally getting that long sought after CWS championship last year has helped with this team’s confidence while also allowing them to play looser, especially at the plate. Sully has really come into his own now as both a great recruiter AND great coach.

  2. UF is at somewhat of a disadvantage vs. a team like UCF, playing them mid-week. UCF will pitch their best, in order to give their program a defining win, while UF saves Singer, Kowar and Dyson for the weekend, since the SEC is the most loaded conference in baseball, and UF’s regular season goal is to win the SEC. It’s a matter of focus and priority , imo.

    • Steve, a valid observation about the difference in pitching rotations. The same thing happened last year with Gulf Coast taking a couple mid-week games from UF, who by the way, they will play tonight. I was not being critical of the UCF losses, just stating that baseball, especially the college game, is a very different game. Last week the #1 ranked Oregon St. team went to Utah to play the last place Utes and lost 2 out of 3 games, helping the Gators reclaim their #1 ranking. Go figure!