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Rays take Louisville’s Brendan McKay with 4th pick of MLB Draft

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Most draft experts expected the Tampa Bay Rays to choose University of Louisville two-way player Brendan McKay in the first round if he was still available. When it was Tampa Bay’s turn to select with the fourth overall pick, McKay was still there and Tampa Bay quickly scooped him up. He has unique two-way talent. In 2017, he hit .343 with 17 home runs and drove in 56 runs. As a pitcher, he won 10 games, lost three and sported…

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FSU/UF both win in Super Regional walk-offs

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Almost everything that could go wrong was going wrong for the Florida State Seminoles in Saturday’s first game of their Super Regional series against the Sam Houston State Bearkats. They had early fielding bunts, hit a batter with the bases load, hit into a triple play and was picked off second to end a big rally. Despite the adversity and trailing throughout the entire game, Florida State hung in, clawed back and eventually escaped with a 7-6 walk-off victory. It…

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Florida, Florida State on the winning end of baseball’s June Madness

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The NCAA College Baseball Tournament is not likely to come anywhere near the broad popularity enjoyed by the basketball tournament known as March Madness. At the same time, referring to this year’s baseball extravaganza as June Madness would not be overstating what has taken place so far. Both Florida and Florida State have provided significant contributions to this year’s mayhem, which saw nearly half of the 16 seeded teams and regional hosts go down to defeat. Number two national seed…

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Saturday college sports action features high stakes matchups

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Plenty of Florida college sports is on tap throughout the Memorial Day weekend. Many of the games come with high stakes. The Florida Gators will play in the SEC semi-finals on Saturday against Arkansas. The top-seeded Gators will face the fourth-seeded Razorbacks in the second game of the day in Hoover, Ala. Second seed LSU meets 11th-seeded South Carolina in the first game at 1:00 p.m. Florida reached the semi-finals after an incredible rally against Mississippi State. The Gators trailed…

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FSU AD Stan Wilcox optimistic about next year

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Despite a rare finish outside the top 20 in the Directors’ Cup standings, Florida State is pleased with gains the past three years under athletic director Stan Wilcox. The university announced Friday that Wilcox has been promoted to vice president and director of intercollegiate athletics as part of a contract extension that will expire June 30, 2020. Wilcox’s original contract was scheduled to expire in August 2018. Wilcox became Florida State’s athletic director in August 2013 from Duke, where he…

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Florida players could have impact on CWS final

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The enormous disappointment of the Florida Gators’ early exit from the College World Series is unmistakably still there. That goes with the territory of being the favorite to win it all for the first time. The plan was to get by the relatively unheralded Cinderella known as Coastal Carolina in the first game. From there, Florida could use their pitching depth to get to the championship round. With days off in between, the major league-caliber arms of Logan Shore, A.J.…

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A call Kevin O’Sullivan should make

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Perhaps a call Gator baseball coach Kevin O’Sullivan should make is to Mike Martin. After a short and embarrassing stay at the College World Series, O’Sullivan needs to talk to someone who understands. The top-ranked Gators were favorites to win it all this year with the nation’s best pitching staff and a good supporting cast. Eight of their players were chosen by major league clubs in this month’s draft. Those lofty expectations came crashing down when Florida managed to score…

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