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Florida football coach Billy Napier to throw out first pitch at UF baseball and softball

Graham Hall
Gator Sports
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When it comes to throwing out the ceremonial first pitch, the No. 9-ranked Florida baseball team is bringing out the big guns for opening weekend. 

UF football coach Billy Napier will throw out the first pitch Friday against Liberty (7 p.m.), and UF head coach Kevin O’Sullivan has imparted some words of wisdom to Napier, a former four-year quarterback at Furman University. 

“I just told him he better practice and be ready to go, because it’s not as easy as he thinks, even as a quarterback,” O’Sullivan said. “And I told him not to check any videos on YouTube, because there’s some awful first pitches, so to not get them in his head.”

On Thursday, UF announced that Napier would also kick off the softball weekend series by throwing out the ceremonial first pitch for the No. 4 Gators matchup with No. 14 Duke at 6 p.m. in the first game of this year's T-Mobile Tournament at Katie Seashole Pressly Stadium.

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Brady Singer and Mike Zunino back at UF this weekend

Saturday’s and Sunday’s baseball games will see two former UF legends throw out the first pitches in Kansas City Royals pitcher Brady Singer and Tampa Bay Rays’ catcher Mike Zunino, respectively. 

“We’ve got a great lineup this weekend, with Billy throwing out the first pitch Friday and then obviously Brady Singer on Saturday and Mike Zunino on Sunday,” O’Sullivan said of the 4 p.m. and noon games against Liberty. “Really enjoy seeing Brady and Mike back. It should be a really fun weekend.”

Singer was a 2017 national champion and 2018 Dick Howser Trophy at Florida, and Zunino was a 2012 Golden Spikes Award winner.

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