Florida sophomore pitcher Michael Byrne has accomplished something that no Gator before him did. When Byrne struck out Auburn’s Dylan Ingram to close out Florida’s 5-4 SEC Tournament victory it represented his 14th save of the year, a new program record.
Florida has kept track of saves since 1977 and prior to this season 13 had been the high water mark. In 1994, Danny Wheeler set the record. Just four years later Josh Fogg tied the stat.
Byrne enters the record book, with the potential to push the record even higher. Byrne has a 2-4 record but leads the team with a 1.89 ERA. In 52.1 innings pitches he has struck out 58 batters while only allowing 10 walks.
On Monday Byrne was named to the All-SEC Second Team for his efforts this season.