Florida back on diamond to face Troy

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Florida's baseball home: McKethan Stadium. [Cyndi Chambers/Correspondent]

Special to Gatorsports.com

Following the postponement of both its midweek games because of weather, the top-ranked Florida baseball team returns to action with a three-game series against Troy. First pitch is scheduled for 6:30 p.m. today at McKethan Stadium.

The Gators are off to their first 8-0 start in coach Kevin O’Sullivan’s 13 seasons. It is also the fifth such start in school history. The 1989 and 2002 Gators hold the school record for consecutive wins to open a season (11), while the 1956 Gators won their first 10 games, and the 1992 Gators won their first eight.

Florida entered the week among the nation’s top offenses, with its 85 hits ranking tied for 10th nationally, and its 8.1 runs per game being tied for 22nd nationally.

All three games this weekend will stream live on SEC Network+, via the ESPN app.

PITCHING MATCHUPS

Friday | 6:30 p.m. (SECN+) Saturday | 4 p.m. (SECN+) Sunday | 1 p.m. (SECN+)
Florida RHP Tommy Mace (1-0) RHP Jack Leftwich (1-0) LHP Hunter Barco (1-0)
Troy RHP Levi Thomas (2-0) RHP Orlando Ortiz (1-0) RHP Tyson Ellis (0-0)

 SERIES HISTORY

  • Overall – Florida leads, 4-1
  • In Gainesville – Florida leads, 4-1
  • Last Meeting – March 23-24, 1999 (Florida won first game, 12-6, then won second game, 10-1)
  • Other Previous Meetings – April 24, 1935 (Florida won, 3-2), April 25, 1935 (Troy won, 13-1), February 23, 1996 (Florida won, 10-0)

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