Florida’s Pedigree Shows Yet AgainColumns
COLLEGE STATION, Texas — As junior righthander Brady Singer dominated Texas A&M on the road on a gloomy, wet and humid night, Florida coach Kevin O’Sullivan marveled at Singer, and his team as a whole from the dugout.
He thinks back to the fall and January as the Gators were preparing for the 2018 campaign. They were fresh off the program’s first national title, and O’Sullivan wasn’t sure what to expect. Would his players just be happy with one national title and have somewhat of a letdown season this spring? Would they begin to get complacent? Deep down, he thought his team would be fine, but he wasn’t sure. He’d never been in that position before.
Clearly, the Gators have calmed Sully’s nerves over the past couple of months. Despite a few midweek setbacks, UF has yet to lose a weekend series, and it passed yet another road test Friday night in a dominant 9-0 win over the Aggies.
It wasn’t the best night for a game, especially if you’re one who needs to be motivated. It was rainy throughout the day and inclement weather caused the crowd at Blue Bell Park to be much smaller than expected. The elements, or so it seemed, seemed ripe for a little Gators lull.
Or so we thought.
Singer put together one of the best performances of his career, tossing the first complete game shutout of his career, while O’Sullivan hailed the victory as the team’s best overall performance this season. It was such a special showing by his team that at one point late in the game, he took a step back in the dugout to observe how his players were reacting and approaching the game.
He wasn’t disappointed with what he saw. He soaked it up.
“Starting with Brady on the mound, I think that might’ve been our best performance of the year. You don’t see a complete game shutout on the road very often. Heck, you don’t even see it at home very often,” O’Sullivan said. “On a Friday night, with 111 pitches, I thought he was just great. He got a lot of ground balls and I thought his fastball had great life throughout the zone.