Florida shifts weekend pitching rotation

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Sophomore Tommy Mace, left, gets the call Friday night as coach Kevin O'Sullivan shifts the weekend rotation. In his first three starts of the season he has been outstanding, limiting hitters to a .203 average against in a team-high 19 innings of work. Mace is a perfect 8-0 to start his career after going 5-0 as a freshman in 2018. [Cyndi Chambers/Gainesville Sun Correspondent]

Special to Gatorsports.com

The No. 5 Florida baseball team welcomes Yale for a three-game weekend series at McKethan Stadium by changing its pitching rotation.

The Gators (10-5) move up righty Tommy Mace (3-0, 2.84 ERA) to start the series today at 6:30 p.m. Right-hander Jack Leftwich (3-0, 2.12 ERA) moves up to Saturday (4 p.m. game) and former Friday night starter Tyler Dyson (1-0, 2.92 ERA) was moved to Sunday, a 1 p.m. start.

In his first three starts of the season, Mace has been outstanding, limiting hitters to a .203 average against in a team-high 19 innings of work. Mace is 8-0 to start his career after going 5-0 as a freshman in 2018.

Yale (3-5) will throw righty Scott Politz (2-0, 0.54 ERA) today.

Florida has faced Yale eight times, but the teams have not faced each other since 1968. The Gators lead the series 6-2.

  • Home Sweet Home: The Gators are in the midst of a 14-game homestand (4-2 record thus far in the homestand). It’s the longest stretch of home games for UF in 16 years, since Florida had a 19-game homestand in 2005. UF went 15-4 in those 19 games.
  • Streaking: Florida currently has two players with active hitting streaks of seven games or better. Shortstop Brady McConnell leads the way with an active streak of 11 games (17-41, .415). On the season, McConnell is fourth in the SEC with 22 hits. Jacob Young has a seven-game streak (12-28, .429) since being inserted into the lineup at Jacksonville last week with four multi-hit games.
  • Offensive Breakout: Florida’s offense has heated up in the last five games. Entering Friday, the Gators rank second in the SEC in runs scored (113) and third in total hits (142).

First 10 Games

Last 5 Games

Average

.238

.361

Runs

47

66

Runs/Game

4.7

13.2

Home Runs

3

10

Slugging Pct.

.341

.585

On-Base Pct.

.353

.452

  • Fab Freshmen: Florida’s freshmen class has produced in a big way. Offensively, six true freshmen have combined to start 52 games and hit .316 (60-190) with six home runs and 41 RBI. Kendrick Calilao leads the way with a .367 average and a team-best 19 RBI, which ties for the fourth-best in the SEC and 15th nationally. On the mound, seven freshman have combined for 53.0 innings with a 4.08 earned run average. Nolan Crisp has racked up six saves in six appearances with one run allowed in 7.0 innings. Crisp’s six saves lead the nation. Overall, all 16 Gators newcomers have seen playing time this season, including 11 true freshmen.

PARKING INFORMATION

On Friday, Florida gymnastics hosts Penn State at 6:45 p.m. The following options are available for fans attending baseball at McKethan Stadium.

  • First-come, first-serve in O’Connell Center Garage
  • FREE shuttle service is provided from Garage IX at the Intersection of Gale Lemerand Drive and Archer Road. The shuttle begins 2 hours prior to the start of the earliest scheduled event, and will end approximately 30 minutes after the conclusion of the last event. (map)
  • James G. Pressly Stadium
  • Law School
  • Frat Row, along Fraternity Drive
  • Please DO NOT park along any roads or in the grass and only use parking lots or garages.

PROMOTIONS

Friday, March 8 vs. Yale

  • Food Truck Friday – Local food trucks Cilantro Tacos and Mayflower Cellars will be set up along the left field line by maintenance area.
  • Pepsi Family Night – Families can purchase 4 GA tickets, 4 hotdogs and 4 sodas for only $24.
  • Gator Booster Night – All Gator Booster members with valid ID receive 2-for-1 reserved bleacher.

Saturday, March 9 vs. Yale

  • Seniors Nights—Senior citizens, ages 55 and older, can purchase 2-for-1 reserved bleacher seating
  • Military/First Responders Nights—All military members and first responders, active and retired, can purchase 2-for-1 reserved bleacher seating

Sunday, March 10 vs. Yale

  • Family Sundays – GA tickets, small popcorn and 10oz. sodas are only $1 each.
  • Community National Anthem – Prior to the game, kids 12 and under, can line the field for the National Anthem
  • Kids Korner – Fun and games set up on the concourse for kids 12 and under!
  • Allison Ables Real Estate Circle the Bases – Kids, 12-and-under can circle the bases with Albert following non-conference Sunday games.
  • Autograph Alley – Immediately following conference Sunday games, Gator players will be available to sign autographs in Autograph Alley down the 3rd base line.                      — Dan Apple, UF Sports Information