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Florida infielder Josh Rivera was named the SEC Co-Newcomer of the Week, the conference announced on Monday.

Rivera struggled mightily at the beginning of the season, but has rebounded in a big way, upping his average to .267. Against a top-flight staff in Vanderbilt, the second year freshman went 5-11 (.455 average) and went 3-4 in Florida’s 11-8 victory on Saturday.

On the season, Rivera has 4 homers and 19 RBIs to go along with 22 runs scored.

Florida has now won nine of their last eleven contests and have moved back into the top-ten of the D1Baseball poll with the series victory over the Commodores.

The Gators face Stetson in midweek action on Tuesday before a weekend series in Lexington against Kentucky. Florida has faces the Hatters twice this season so far and come away with wins in both games. In March, the Gators pulled away for a 10-7 win while the April decision was a 7-6 affair.

First pitch on Tuesday is scheduled for 6:00 PM.

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