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Chomping at Bits: Four Gators selected on final day of MLB Draft

For the third year in a row, at least eight Gators were drafted.

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Four Florida players drafted on final day of MLB Draft: Pitcher David Lee, a little used junior college transfer from Sante Fe College, was taken in the 27th round by the Pittsburgh Pirates. An additional Gator pitcher, Frank Rubio, went in the 29th round to the San Francisco Giants. Deacon Liput, a sophomore eligible draftee, also went in the 29th round to the Los Angeles Dodgers. Liput leads the team with 12 stolen bases on the season and had a team-best .417 average in last weekend's Super Regional win over Wake Forest. JJ Schwarz was selected in the 38th round by the Tampa Bay Rays. Schwarz leads the Gators this season with 12 home runs and 53 RBIs. (Daniel Apple, Florida Gators)

Three Gators named All-Americans: Three Florida pitchers were recognized yesterday. Closer Michael Byrne was named a First Team All-American by the National Collegiate Baseball Writers Association and Perfect Game. Alex Faedo earned Second Team All-America honors from the NCBWA, while Jackson Kowar received Honorable Mention All-America honors from Perfect Game. (Daniel Apple, Florida Gators; Jordan McPherson, SEC Country)

Florida College World Series primer: The Gators are the only remaining team to survive elimination games twice during this year’s tournament. (Jack Freifelder,

Kyra Jefferson selected as semifinalist for The Bowerman Award: Jefferson is the second Gator to be a semifinalist for the Bowerman Award, track and field's version of the Heisman Trophy. Jefferson broke a 28-year-old outdoor 200 meters collegiate record on Saturday. (Zach Dirlam, Florida Gators)

Mike Holloway named USTFCCCA National Coach of the Year: Coach Holloway led the Gators to their seventh national title since 2010 this season. This is the second consecutive National Coach of the Year honor for Holloway and the fourth in the last six seasons. (Zach Dirlam, Florida Gators; Gainesville Sun)

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