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BSB: Freshman Jack Leftwich to join Gators weekend rotation

The Florida Gators are tweaking their weekend rotation. Head coach Kevin O’Sullivan announced the decision after Florida’s 6-4 home loss to Mercer Tuesday night.

Sophomore Tyler Dyson has been assigned to the bullpen after struggling in his last several starts. Dyson is 5-3 with a 3.83 ERA through ten starts and pitched a scorless inning of relief on Tuesday.

Dyson hasn’t worked more than six innings since March 10 due to a high pitch count and numerous walks. In his last three starts Dyson has pitched 9.2 innings allowing 11 hits, 10 runs while walking 12 and striking out 10.

The Gators will turn to freshman righty Jack Leftwich, at least for the time being, in the weekend rotation.

Leftwich, an Orlando native, has appeared in 15 games this season, starting four. He has compiled a 3-1 record and a 3.40 ERA in 39.2 innings.

Leftwich was drafted by the Detroit Tigers in the 39th round of the 2017 MLB Draft and limited #5 Florida State to one hit in a five inning start on March 27.

Florida is looking to rebound from their second straight midweek loss with a three game home series against Auburn. The series starts Thursday and Leftwich is expected to start on Saturday.

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