In case you haven’t been paying attention, Florida baseball is off to its best start in the 106 year history of the program.
The Gators amassed a 5-0 record last week against three different in-state schools. More impressively, was the variety of ways they pulled out the wins.
Florida was powered to victories through much of the week, but even pulled out a 2-1 win to clinch a series sweep of South Florida on Sunday.
The one constant, though has been the pitching. As a staff, UF is only allowing 2.43 earned runs per game and are allowing just 1.05 WHIP through 16 games.
So let’s get right into the wrap-up:
Overall Record: 16-0
SEC Record: N/A
National Ranking (D1Baseball): 1
- 3/3 at FAU – W 7-3
- 3/4 vs FAMU – W 5-0
- 3/6 vs USF – W 9-1
- 3/7 vs USF – W 15-5
- 3/8 vs USF – W 2-1
Pitcher of the Week: Tyler Nesbitt, Fr.
- 1-0, 4 IP, 1 H, 0 ER, 1 BB, 8 K
This was such a difficult decision as virtually every pitcher that took the mound for the Orange and Blue was highly effective.
The choice though came down to a freshman making his first collegiate start and striking out eight over just four innings of work on Wednesday. The Rattlers were only able to get two base runners in the first innings. The Gators would win the game and extend their winning streak to thirteen.
Player of the Week: Nathan Hickey, Fr.
- 7-13, 4 HR, 6 RBI, 5 R, 3 BB
This may have been the easiest selection of the season as Hickey was absolutely raking this week.
The freshman backstop became the first Gator since 2017 to homer in four straight games and he reached base in 10-16 plate appearances, despite not playing in Tuesday’s game against Florida Atlantic.
Note: Hickey was named the SEC’s Freshman of the Week, the conference announced on Monday.
- 3/10 at Florida State, 6:30 PM
- 3/13 vs Georgia, 6:30 PM
- 3/14 vs Georgia, 7:00 PM
- 3/15 vs Georgia, 12:00 PM