UF Roundup: Weather moves JU-UF baseball to Wednesday

Jonathan India hits a home run against North Jacksonville. [Cyndi Chambers/Corresponde­nt/Gainesville Sun]

No. 2 Florida returns to McKethan Stadium this week with some hot bats after hitting nine home runs last week with 29 runs in four games.

The Gators (18-4), scheduled to host Jacksonville (13-8) at 6 p.m. Tuesday, will now play at 6 p.m. Wednesday because of inclement weather. Tickets for the originally scheduled game will still be good for the Wednesday game.

The Gators also host No. 4 Arkansas for a three-game series starting at 6:30 p.m. Friday.

No Gator is hotter than junior infielder Jonathan India, who paced the team last week with a .571 average. He had a two-homer game against Florida State last Tuesday and home runs in each of the first two games at South Carolina. India is now batting .400 on the season with eight home runs and 18 RBI.


Mullen opens another practice

The Gators opened their first two practices under new head coach Dan Mullen last Friday and Saturday. More than 1,500 fans turned out over the two days to catch the Gators in action.

Mullen was so impressed that on Monday morning he invited fans back out to watch the Gators on Saturday from 11:45 a.m. to 2:10 p.m. at the Sanders Practice Fields.


Gators stay in place

AUBURN, Ala. — The Gators remain in seventh place at the Evans Derby Experience after 36 holes of play.

Florida shot 1-over on Monday bettering Sunday’s round by three strokes. The score of 289 put them one stroke closer to Auburn and South Carolina who sit in fifth and sixth place, respectively. Arkansas took over the top spot with a 559 (-17).

The Gators were anchored again by Sierra Brooks and Marta Perez, who both went sub par on the second day. Brooks had just one bogey on No. 7 while sinking three birdies for her second consecutive 70 (-2) of the week. Her round helped her move up three spots and is tied for sixth entering the final day of the event.

She is joined in the top 20 by Perez who carded a 71 (-1) and is tied for 18th. She bumped up four spots on the leaderboard and is 1-under for the tournament heading into the final round.


Gators No. 2 seed

The Gators look for their 11th Southeastern Conference championship Saturday in St. Louis’ Chaifetz Arena.

Florida is the No. 2 seed for the 38th edition of the SEC Championships and begins Session II competition on the uneven bars. The seeds are based on the final regular-season regional qualifying scores, available on the Road to Nationals website.

LSU won 198.075–197.825 over Florida to claim its first title since 1981 at the 2017 SECs in Jacksonville’s Veterans Memorial Arena. Two Gators claimed two event titles in 2017 – Kennedy Baker (floor) and Alex McMurtry (all-around, floor).

Competition is in two sessions – seeds 5-8 (Arkansas, Auburn, Georgia and Missouri) compete at 3 p.m. on the SEC Network and seeds 1-4 (LSU, UF, Alabama and Kentucky) compete at 7 p.m. on ESPN2. Results from the two sessions combine to determine team and individual standings.