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Florida is fresh off its first national title, and there’s a chance the Gators could be even better in 2018. Just ask head coach Kevin O’Sullivan.
While the Gators undoubtedly lost some key cogs from last year’s team, such as Dalton Guthrie, Mike Rivera and All-American righthander Alex Faedo, they welcome back a bulk of the most important personnel from the title club.
That list includes the three-headed monster, aka the weekend rotation with Brady Singer and Jackson Kowar leading the way, while Tyler Dyson, who showed very well in Omaha this past June and summer at the Northwoods League, had a terrific fall and showed equally electric stuff to that of Singer and Kowar at times.
The Gators have plenty of other arms ready to rise to the occasion, such as two-way talent and lefthander Andrew Baker and returning All-American Michael Byrne, among others. UF also feels good about its offensive situation with Austin Langworthy and Keenan Bell stepping up, while the Gators have an impressive treasure chest of talented newcomers, both on the mound and at the plate.
“I think our starting pitching is going to be pretty great with Singer and Kowar, and now Dyson. I think Dyson is going to have an outstanding 2018,” O’Sullivan said. “Andrew Baker has had a very, very strong fall from the left side, so we feel pretty good about him and the rest of the team in general.”
Navigating a rugged schedule in 2018 won’t be easy for this team. There’s a vast difference between being a team aiming for a national title and being the defending champion trying to repeat, where you’re getting everyone’s best shot.
But if there’s a team set up to handle the sky-high expectations and the task ahead, it’s these Gators with premium talents in important roles all over the field.
What was the scoop on Florida this fall? Let’s take the deep dive.
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