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Gators coach making all the right calls

GAINESVILLE -- A tip of the hat goes to Florida Gators baseball coach Kevin O'Sullivan, who has done a masterful job managing his team to a pair of victories in the Gainesville Regional of the NCAA baseball tournament.

OSullivanKevin UF defeated the University of Miami 8-2 on Saturday night to advance to the regional tournament's championship game. Florida plays either Miami or Jacksonville University at 6:30 p.m. on Sunday. A win tonight will send UF to its first Super Regional since 2005.

O'Sullivan made all the right calls on Saturday against the 'Canes. Saving ace Stephen Locke for the Miami worked out brilliantly. Locke pitched 7 and 1/3 innings on Saturday, allowing just two runs (both of which were unearned). O'Sullivan brought in freshman pitcher Nick Maronde (normally a starter) to close out the seventh. Maronde recorded a pair of strikeouts to get UF out of a jam. Offensively, the Gators pressured Miami's defense into several mistakes with six bunts.

UF is the favorite to win tonight's game after winning its first contests of the regional tournament. The Gators have avoided the losers' bracket, which is murder on a team's pitching depth.

-jo- 

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Hey you sorry Canes...JUST LIKE FOOTBALL!!!!

You take the evenings off or something, jo? Big night for the Gators!

Keep up with my Gators twitter, folks - http://twitter.com/onlygators

566 followers and growing daily...

I understand that the Gators (baseball) are excited because they beat Miami for the first time in the playoffs in 11 tries... Wow... that is crazy...

You also beat us in football this year for the first time since 1985. Great job.

This is all fine and dandy, but it doesn't erase the last two decades of utter dominance against you guys in both baseball and football.

You can talk smack in football, because of your recent run of success (& arrests), but do not even open your mouth about baseball, because you just look stupid. UF's baseball program cannot even sniff our jock straps.

You guys caught an extremly young team with significant injuries across the board... I still commend you, because you have a pretty good team this year, but just look at this weekend as your college world series, because it will end next weekend.

That post just proves that all Canes fans are pure, complete and utter haters. Get over yourselves. Your football program is in the toilet. Your baseball program is better than ours, but why can't fans be excited that we won? Rather than be bitter and disgruntled, you should show respect when other teams do well if you expect the same in return. Canes fans are the first to complain that their programs are trashed and people discredit them, yet they are the first to do the same when others have success. Grow up. Go Gators...especially softball!

Didn't have time to blog live on Sunday, Adam. Had to write a deadline story for the paper.

-jo-

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