Florida head coach Kevin O'Sullivan walks to the mound to talk to starting pitcher Alex Faedo (21). Faedo will start Friday against Columbia.

Gators out to bounce back vs. Columbia

Friday, March 03, 2017 11:10 PM

After suffering one of their worst defeats in coach Kevin O'Sullivan's tenure as Florida coach, the Gators look to regroup against Columbia, which opens its season today at McKethan Stadium.

"It's the best thing that could have happened to us at this point," O'Sullivan said after the Gators' 11-2 loss Wednesday at UCF. "It gives us a chance to reevaluate some guys, maybe catch some guys' attention. We've got a couple guys, it's their draft year, and they're not handling it very well right now. They will, but right now this is probably the best thing that could happen to us at this point so we can catch their attention and get ready to play this weekend.”

The No. 2 Gators (7-2) will start Alex Faedo (1-0, 2.70 ERA) against Columbia righty Ethan Abrams (2016 numbers: 1-1, 4.72 ERA). Game time is set for 6:30 p.m. Saturday's game is scheduled for a 4 p.m. start and first pitch Sunday is 1 p.m.

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