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Gators blank FAU; Await winner of Coral Gables Regional

GAINESVILLE -- The Florida Gators baseball team dominated the NCAA Tournament's Gainesville Regional from beginning to end and now await the winner of Monday's game between Miami and Texas A&M to learn their opponent for next weekend's Gainesville Super Regional.

Florida defeated Florida Atlantic 15-0 on Monday night to sweep the Gainesville Regional. UF defeated Bethune-Cookman, Oregon State and FAU in three days. Sunday's finale was the weekend's highlight. UF (45-15) had 19 hits, including six home runs, a school postseason record. Sophomore Tyler Thompson of Tequesta had three homers and six RBI. Freshman left-hander Brian Johnson (6-4) pitched seven scoreless innings.

"It was a great team effort tonight," UF coach Kevin O'Sullivan said. "We had a chance to get everyone in the ballgame, first and foremost. We swung the bats really well, got off to an early lead and had production all the way down the lineup."

Johnson was named Most Outstanding Player of the Gainesville Regional for his dominance on the mound and at the plate. He allowed six hits in seven innings against FAU (37-24) and batted .625 (5-for-8) over the weekend, including three hits and a home run against FAU.

Miami lost to Texas A&M 11-7 on Sunday afternoon in Coral Gables. The Hurricanes (42-18) and Aggies (43-20-1) play at 7 p.m. on Monday. The NCAA will release schedules for its eight Super Regionals late Monday night. The Gators hosted a Super Regional last season but lost to Southern Miss.

-jo-

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