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Florida baseball gets No. 4 seed in 2015 NCAA Tournament, could host Super Regional

Florida is a top national seed in the 2015 NCAA Tournament, but a familiar foe lurks at the Super Regional level. Florida baseball is the No. 4 national seed in the 2015 NCAA Tournament. Fresh off a victory over Vanderbilt in the SEC Tournament final on Sunday, the Gators were awarded that seeding on the NCAA Tournament selection show broadcast by ESPNU early Monday afternoon. The national seed isn't surprising: Florida was considered likely to earn one even prior to that SEC Tournament performance, and was announced as a Regional host Sunday night. But Florida seemed more like a No. 7 seed...
Alligator Army May 24, 2015

Florida outlasts Vanderbilt, rain to win 2015 SEC Tournament

After a marathon to begin the 2015 SEC Tournament, Florida rattled off four wins in four days to claim the conference's crown. Florida began the 2015 SEC Tournament with a game that lasted past 2 a.m. Eastern, and finished it with a game that finished more than six hours after it began. And the Gators also finished it with a trophy. Florida began Sunday's SEC Tournament final with Vanderbilt with some thunder from Harrison Bader in the form of a leadoff home run, poured on four more runs before multiple weather delays eventually forced the resumption of the game under the lights, and...
Alligator Army May 24, 2015

Florida softball wins Super Regional, makes 2015 Women's College World Series

The No. 1 seed defending champs will get to play for a second national championship in Oklahoma City. With a 1-0 win over Kentucky in Game 2 of the teams' Super Regional on Sunday in Gainesville, the Florida Gators are headed back to the Women's College World Series. WATCH: @GatorZoneSBall is headed back to the Women's College World Series! pic.twitter.com/XHPbz4WZ5v — GatorVision (@GatorVisionTV) May 24, 2015 Justine McLean slapped an RBI single in the fourth inning and Lauren Haeger threw her second shutout in as many days to lift No. 1 Florida over the Wildcats, completing a 5-0...
Alligator Army May 24, 2015

Billy Donovan, wife Christine say goodbye to Florida with full-page Gainesville Sun ad

One more reason we will all miss Billy D: His grace. It's been a little more than three weeks since Billy Donovan finally decided to leave Florida to become the head coach of the Oklahoma City Thunder, but the move is still fresh in the minds of everyone involved. Donovan and his wife Christine couldn't go out without a proper farewell, though: They bought a full-page ad in this Sunday's The Gainesville Sun to thank "not only this local community that has so loved us, but all of Gator Nation." BillyD & wife Christine say goodbye to #Gators via full-page ad in Gainesville Sun. Class act....
Alligator Army May 23, 2015

Florida uses comeback to advance to SEC Tournament final

Freshman Mike Rivera made up for a costly baserunning error and sent UF to Sunday's championship game. We here at Alligator Army regret to inform you of disconcerting news regarding Florida's dramatic 2-1 win over the LSU Tigers on Saturday: If you're reading this, you have been left on base — or it may feel that way. But in the top of the ninth, freshman Mike Rivera didn't need anyone on the basepaths to give Florida the lead that would become the final score as his home run sailed out to left center at the cavernous Hoover Met. In both the first and the fourth inning, the Gators left...
Alligator Army May 23, 2015

Florida Gators Weekend Open Thread: Dates with destiny on diamonds?

Can Florida's last two diamond-based teams continue their runs toward the World Series this weekend? We're down to just two Florida teams in action over Memorial Day weekend, technically: Florida's baseball team continues play at the SEC Tournament, while No. 1 seed Florida softball hosts Kentucky in a Super Regional to determine which team will make it to the Women's College World Series. But individual Gators are also in action at the NCAA's tennis and women's golf Championships. Here are your how-to-follow tables for the Weekend Open Thread: Saturday Time Team Opponent TV Radio...
Alligator Army May 22, 2015

SEC Tournament 2015: Florida gets run-rule revenge on Arkansas, advances to Saturday

Two nights after failing to close out Arkansas, Florida wasted no time finishing off the Razorbacks in Hoover. It took until after 2 a.m. Eastern for Arkansas to stage its upset of Florida on Wednesday-turned-Thursday at the 2015 SEC Tournament. Given a chance at revenge on Friday, the Gators wasted no time getting it. Florida pounced on Arkansas starter Dominic Taccolini for a run in the bottom of the first, then tagged him and reliever Lance Phillips for five more in the bottom of the third, and cruised to a 10-0 victory via the SEC Tournament's run rule after seven innings. Seven Florida...
Alligator Army May 21, 2015

SEC Tournament 2015: Florida romps over Auburn, staves off elimination

After a late night for the Gators, their bats certainly woke up Thursday afternoon Pitcher Logan Shore isn't used to getting a ton of run support from the Florida offense this season. It averages 6.6 runs per game but only averages 4.2 runs per Shore start, only scoring more than five twice all season when he's on the hill. On Thursday, Shore got more than his fair share of aid, as the Gators crushed the Auburn Tigers 11-2 in a losers' bracket game at the SEC Tournament. UF stared down the barrel of elimination less than 12 hours after a 7-6 loss to Arkansas that ended at 2.33 a.m....
Alligator Army May 21, 2015

Florida baseball drops marathon after midnight at SEC Tournament

Now the Gators have their backs against the wall. Florida's game with Arkanasas on Wednesday night at the SEC Tournament was fated to be weird from the moment it began — shortly after 10:30 p.m. Eastern. With nine innings almost guaranteed to stretch beyond midnight before them, the Gators ought to have known the witching hours would be weird. For a while, that was a good thing: Florida matched three Arkansas runs in the top of the second inning with three of its own in the bottom of the frame, and took a 6-3 lead in the fifth. But the ninth inning would prove dramatic and...
Alligator Army May 20, 2015

Florida baseball enters postseason with dreams of Omaha

It's the postseason. You should probably start paying more attention to Florida's baseball team. They're pretty good. Last year, Florida baseball's postseason started with promise. In the SEC Tournament, the top-seeded Gators dropped their first game to Kentucky, then rebounded and surged through the losers' bracket to get to the championship game against LSU. UF entered the NCAA Tournament as the No. 2 overall seed, and with high hopes, but ended up hosting a historically tough regional and scoring only two runs in back-to-back losses to end its season. This season's team is different,...
Alligator Army May 19, 2015

A Florida Gator will win an NBA championship ring in 2015

Chalk it up to the long tail of Billy Donovan. It's May 19. The second round of the 2015 NBA Playoffs has just ended. And we are now assured of a Florida Gators player winning an NBA championship ring this year — the fifth straight season a Gator will do so. The NBA conference finals start tonight & for the 5th straight year a Gator will win an NBA championship! #NBAGators pic.twitter.com/aBNjPNYKMs — Gator M-Basketball (@GatorZoneMBK) May 19, 2015 The achievement was made possible by the Houston Rockets' Game 7 triumph over the Los Angeles Clippers on Sunday night, and some...
Alligator Army May 18, 2015

Florida signee KeVaughn Allen to remain with Gators, per ESPN

The most talked-about departure for a Florida signee never actually came to pass. Florida signee KeVaughn Allen will remain with the Gators rather than seeking release from his National Letter of Intent, ESPN's Jeff Goodman reports. Florida signee KeVaughn Allen has informed the new staff that he will stick with the Gators, sources told ESPN. HUGE news for Mike White. — Jeff Goodman (@GoodmanESPN) May 18, 2015 Allen's intention to leave Florida's fold was widely rumored, as Allen's stepfather and others heated up talk of Allen pursuing a release from his NLI to finally commit to...
Alligator Army May 18, 2015

Why Florida postponed its O'Connell Center renovation, and fired its contractor

Florida's ambitious O'Connell Center renovation was originally awarded to Gainesville's Charles Perry Partners, Inc. — but the story gets rocky from there. Florida announced in late February that it was postponing its announced renovations of the O'Connell Center one year, from the period from March 2015 to December 2015 to the same span in 2016. But we didn't really know why back then, just that, in Florida's words, "an aggressive schedule, escalating costs associated with the rehabilitation project and a change in the construction management team contributed to the decision." Thanks to...
Alligator Army May 18, 2015

Florida wins 2015 SEC All-Sports Trophy, 25th in program history

Florida is really good at sports. With the conclusion of the SEC's regular season in baseball on Sunday, the 2015 edition of the SEC All-Sports Trophy has been awarded — and like the last eight, and 22 of the previous 23 awarded, it belongs to Florida. In one of the closest races in the history of the award, the conference title won by the Florida men's outdoor track and field team Saturday night pushed the Gators to another SEC All-Sports Trophy. Florida and Texas A&M traded the lead back-and-forth all year, but Florida finished strong in track and field as well as baseball to finish...
Alligator Army May 16, 2015

Florida Gators Weekend Open Thread: Two teams in NCAAs, track hunting SEC crowns

Florida teams could advance deep into the NCAA Tournament and collect more SEC hardware this weekend. Florida teams have chances to advance to an NCAA Championships, advance to an NCAA Tournament Super Regional, and to win two SEC titles this weekend. Also, Florida baseball needs to not lose to Auburn today. For all of us. Here are your how-to-follow tables for the Weekend Open Thread: Saturday Time Team Opponent TV Radio Streaming Stats Twitter Ongoing Track and Field SEC Outdoor Championships None None WatchESPN FloTrack @GZTrackField Ongoing Men's Golf NCAA Regional...
Alligator Army May 15, 2015

Florida adds graduate transfer Josh Grady, will add Luke Del Rio according to report

Florida's desperation for quarterback depth is significant. Adding two transfers should help. Florida has added Vanderbilt graduate transfer quarterback/wide receiver Josh Grady, as reported by Thomas Goldkamp of 247Sports and confirmed by the school, adding another live body to a position where the Gators desperately need depth. And the Gators will eventually add Oregon State quarterback Luke Del Rio, as well, according to a report by The Oregonian's Connor Letourneau. Grady hails from Florida stronghold Armwood High, and was rated a three-star dual-threat quarterback in the 2011 class...
Alligator Army May 15, 2015

With Dwayne Haskins committing to Maryland, what will Florida do at QB in 2016?

Florida not landing Dwayne Haskins means that the Gators will have to get creative and get to work. Dwayne Haskins, almost certainly the top Florida target at quarterback in the class of 2016, committed to Maryland on Friday. And so the Gators have a quandary at quarterback again. Haskins was always sort of a pipe dream for Florida: Despite some very positive tweets, an affirmed interest in the school, and a visit in late March, Haskins was projected to stay home and end up with the Terrapins throughout his recruitment. Maryland offensive coordinator Mike Locksley is a legend on the...
Alligator Army May 14, 2015

Florida to host West Virginia in 2016 SEC/Big 12 Challenge

After two years playing Kansas, Florida gets ... well, not Kansas, but not a bad team. Florida will play West Virginia on January 30 in Gainesville in the 2016 SEC/Big 12 Challenge, the school 2015 NCAA Tournament before being annihilated by Kentucky in a 78-39 blowout. (That margin of victory was tied with ones posted in immolations of UCLA and Missouri for Kentucky's best against a power conference team in 2014-15.) The Sweet Sixteen was the program's first since 2010, when it made the Final Four before falling to Duke. That came two years after current Florida assistant Darris Nichols's...
Alligator Army May 14, 2015

Florida football recruiting: Gators land commit from big, fleet JUCO RB Mark Thompson

Every team can use a big, fast running back. Mark Thompson might be one for Florida. Florida's almost certainly going to revamp its running game under Jim McElwain, whose offenses have been tethered to marquee running backs for the better part of a decade. Mark Thompson, a running back at Dodge City (Kansas) Community College who committed to Florida on Wednesday, as first reported by 247Sports, could be that guy. Thompson — originally from Wyncote, Pennsylvania, just north of Philadelphia — doesn't have a rating from a recruiting service other than Scout, which awards him four stars....

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