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    Gators end Florida State’s baseball hopes in big wins in Gainesville; on to the Series

    June 10, 2015
    By: Jack Strickland
    Statewide

    By Jack Strickland

    Florida ended Florida State’s 2015 baseball season in Gainesville over the weekend. The two college baseball titans clashed at the NCAA Super Regional. The championship playoff format called for the winner of two out of three games advancing and the loser going home.  With the two victories Florida moves on to to the College World Series at Omaha next week.

    In regular season play this year the Seminoles prevailed. The teams played games in Tallahassee, Jacksonville, and Gainesville. The Seminoles won at Tallahassee and Jacksonville. The Gators prevailed at Gainesville. Sportscasters expected a hotly contested Super Regional. Both teams have a rich history of College World Series performances. From day one of the regular season the goal of both teams was to get back to the College World Series.

    Florida came out of the dugout on fire in both games. Florida State was unable to recover from the Gator offensive barrage that scored multiple Florida runs in the first two innings of both games. The games were not close. Florida won the first game 13-5. Florida State fell 11-4 in the final game.

    Legendary FSU baseball coach Mike Martin was a class act as always. He wished the Gators well at the College World Series. He said if Florida can maintain the momentum they generated at the Regional and Super Regional the Gators are a favorite to win the National Championship.

    Freshman Gator Catcher J.J.Schwartz has special motivation to want to win a College World Series Championship trophy in Omaha next week. He wants to be like his sister. She won a Women’s College World Series Championship trophy last week in Oklahoma City.  His big sister, Taylor Schwartz, plays first base on the Gator softball team that has captured back-to-back national championships.

    Both Schwartz siblings played a major role in their team’s spectacular success this year. Against FSU in the Super Regional last weekend,  J.J. hit three home runs. At the Women’s College World Series Championship game, last week, Taylor’s outstanding play was a key to the Gators defeat of a great Michigan team to claim the trophy.

    Skills at softball and baseball come naturally for the Schwartz kids. They grew up around it. Their father, Jeff Schwartz, is a member of the Miami Marlins staff.

    Big sister has some advice for little brother while at the College World Series next week. At game’s end, when you win the national championship, try to stay off the bottom of the celebratory Dog Pile at the pitcher’s mound. Things can get pretty brutal down there as everyone on the team piles on. Little brother knows first hand. He was at the bottom of the pile after the Gators swept Florida state last weekend.

    Florida’s opening game at the College World Series will be against Miami.



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