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Florida Gators baseball moves up to No.2 in Baseball America

GAINESVILLE -- The University of Florida baseball team is ranked No.2 nationally this week by Baseball America after going 5-0 last week.

The Gators were previously ranked No.6 but moved up after sweeping Mississippi State over the weekend. This is the highest Florida has been ranked by Baseball America since it was ranked No.1 in 2006. Florida (16-3) hosts Florida Gulf Coast (12-6) at 6:30 p.m. on Wednesday before traveling to Oxford, Miss., for a weekend series against No.17 Ole Miss. Florida hasn't swept the state of Mississippi since 2002.

Things you should know about the Gators' baseball team:

1. UF hasn't committed an error in the past five games.
2. Preston Tucker batted .417 against MSU. Tucker is currently ranked ninth in the SEC with a .389 batting average. He also has 19 RBI.
3. Sophomore left fielder Tyler Thompson dazzled with his glove and bat against MSU. He went 5-for-8 and made a pair of impressive defensive plays in the opener against the Bulldogs.
4. UF's pitching staff had 2.33 ERA against MSU.
5. Austin Maddox, a true freshman from Jacksonville, continues to bash the baseball. He had a three-run homer in the eighth inning of Sunday's 4-1 win against MSU. Maddox (6-3, 220 pounds) has six home runs, 27 RBI and is batting .367 with a .671 slugging percentage.
6. Maddox and Matt den Dekker of Fort Laurderdale lead the Gators with 29 hits.

-jo-

 

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