Florida hitter J.J. Schwarz (22) after striking out during the opening game of the weekend series against Columbia at McKethan Stadium, in Gainesville Friday March 3, 2017. The Gators shutout the Lions 7-0 to win game one of the series.

Gators look to end skid, face Seton Hall

Staff reports
Friday, March 10, 2017 10:20 PM

After going 0-2 in Tuesday-Wednesday games, the No. 2 Florida baseball team looks to bounce back during the part of the week it dominates — the weekend.

Florida is 9-0 in weekend games this season and 1-4 in midweeks. The Gators are batting .283 in the three weekend series and own a .195 average in five midweek games. The team earned-run average in weekend games is 1.78, compared to a 4.46 ERA in midweek games.

“We’re getting pitched the same way, some guys are getting pitched the same way, and there’s not a whole lot of adjustments," UF coach Kevin O'Sullivan said "We’ve got to make box adjustments, guys are worried about both sides of the plate. They’re off the fastball, they’re late to the fastball, and they’re chasing off-speed. You’ve got to pick one or the other.

"We’ll continue to work on approach, but we’ve got to get some of our better players going. It’s just that simple. And they will. It is a bit surprising that we’re 14 games in — we swung the bat really well in the fall and preseason. But for whatever reason, teams go through this, players go through difficult stretches, we just so happen to go through it to start the season."

The Gators (10-4) host Seton Hall (6-6) at 6:30 p.m. today. The Seton Hall starter on the mound is righty Shane McCarthy (0-2, 10.12 ERA), who will face UF right-hander Alex Faedo (2-0, 1.77 ERA)

The series continues at 4 p.m. Saturday and closes at 1 p.m. Sunday.




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