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After loss to USF, Gators return to the mound tonight against Bethune-Cookman



Florida will try to rebound from a Tuesday night loss to USF when the No. 2 Gators host Bethune-Cookman tonight at 7.

USF senior catcher Andrew Longley hit two solo home runs, and the Bulls held off a late rally to earn a 5-3 win over the Gators Tuesday night at McKethan Stadium. The victory was the first for USF over Florida since 2005. Florida had won the past 12 meetings with the Bulls.

“It was a great win, a huge win for us and our program,’’ USF coach Lelo Prado said. “I’m so proud of this team, so glad for the seniors, and I’m just glad for USF.’’

After falling behind 3-0, the Gators (31-10) rallied to tie the game at three, but couldn't hold on.

"We couldn't get things going offensively,’’ UF coach Kevin O’Sullivan said. Matt Reed (USF pitcher) did a nice job. I think we hit 13 fly ball outs and we struck out four times so 17 of the outs were fly balls and strike outs. When you work with only 10 quality outs, it's tough to score runs.''

Tonight's game against Bethune-Cookman (24-17) will be the second meeting of the season for the two teams. The Gators earned an 8-6 win on Feb. 21.





[Last modified: Wednesday, April 25, 2012 9:13am]


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