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Chomping at Bits: Florida baseball notches midweek victory over North Florida

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The Gators improved to 25-12 on the season.

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Florida baseball defeats UNF, 2-1: Florida’s bullpen pitched six scoreless innings, with senior Frank Rubio having a career-long outing on the mound. Rubio entered in the fourth and pitched four scoreless innings with three strikeouts and two hits allowed. Dalton Guthrie’s two-out single in the fifth inning provided the winning run for the Gators. Michael Byrne pitched a scoreless ninth, and provided his sixth save of the season. (Daniel Apple, Florida Gators; Kevin Brockway, Gainesville Sun; Ryan Young, SEC Country)

Gator softball regains top spot: Florida moved past Florida State to No. 1 in the latest rankings, thanks in large part to their walk-off win over the ‘Noles. (NCAA; NFCA)

Florida softball hosting UCF: The newly No. 1 Gators play host to the Knights tonight at 6:00 p.m. Florida faced UCF three times last season and won each of those contests. (Herb Brooks, Florida Gators; Ryan Young, SEC Country)

Kelly Barnhill tabbed for multiple weekly awards: Florida’s sophomore pitcher recorded 47 strikeouts over 23 innings pitched, a no-hitter, and a 4-0 record against top-25 competition last week. She was selected as Louisville Slugger/NFCA Pitcher of the Week, USA Softball Co-Player of the Week and SEC Pitcher of the Week; becoming the first Gator in program history to earn all three awards in the same week. The nation’s ERA leader (0.19) is also the first Florida player to be named SEC Pitcher of the Week three times in a single season since Stacy Nelson in 2009. (Herb Brooks, Florida Gators)

Gators hit recruiting trail: The evaluation period began this week and Florida coaches went to visit several recruits yesterday. (Zach Abolverdi, SEC Country)

On Florida’s offensive line: New offensive line coach Brad Davis hopes to bring energy and physicality to the line. (Robbie Andreu, Gainesville Sun)

Alex McMurty named finalist for Honda Award: McMurty is one of the final four candidates for the gymnastics award, which is given to the top collegiate female athlete. McMurty was the only gymnast at the 2017 NCAA Championships to earn All-America first-team honors on each of the five events. Bridget Sloan received the award last season, and Kytra Hunter was selected for the honor in 2015. (Mary Howard, Florida Gators)

Kyle Church named to National Association of Basketball Coaches 30-under-30 list: Florida’s director of basketball operations was named to the list, which recognizes up and coming young coaches in the profession. (Denver Parler, Florida Gators)

Three track and field Gators earn SEC weekly honors: After impressive performances at the Horned Frogs Invitational, jumper KeAndre Bates was selected as SEC Men’s Field Athlete of the Week, Yanis David was named SEC Women’s Field Athlete of the Week, and Grant Holloway was recognized as SEC Freshman of the Week. (Zach Dirlam, Florida Gators)

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