Make us your home page

Sunshine State Report

The latest on college sports in Florida

Alex Panteliodis will open key SEC series for Gators against Vanderbilt tonight



Former Alonso standout Alex Panteliodis will be on the mound tonight when the No. 8 Gators (18-6, 4-2 SEC) open a three-game SEC series against No. 17 Vanderbilt (23-4, 4-2) beginning at 6:30 at McKethan Stadium.

This will be Florida's first of five series against an SEC East opponent, part of a 10-week SEC grind that has already included SEC West teams Mississippi State and Ole Miss.

Panteliodis (5-1, 2.03) will oppose Vanderbilt sophomore right-hander Sonny Gray (4-2, 2.25) to begin the series. Panteliodis has worked at least seven innings in his last three starts and is 2-1 with a 2.08 earned run average. He threw seven scoreless innings against Charleston Southern on March 12, with five strikeouts, five hits and a walk. The left-hander won the Gators’ league opener versus Mississippi State on March 19 (7.1 IP, 4 H, 2 R, 3 K, 2 BB) and had his first loss at Ole Miss on March 26 (7.1 IP, 6 H, 3 R, 8 K, 0 BB).

Ten of the last 13 series between Florida and Vanderbilt series have resulted in sweeps The Gators are 7-3 during that span.

Former Gator Steve Messler, a 2010 Winter Olympic Gold Medalist, will throw out the ceremonial first pitch.

Saturday’s game at 4 p.m. and Sunday's finale at 1 p.m. will be televised live on Sun Sports.contest will be at 4 p.m. and Sunday’s finale will be at 1 p.m. The final two meetings between the Gators and Commodores will be televised live on Sun Sports.

[Last modified: Wednesday, May 26, 2010 1:47pm]


Join the discussion: Click to view comments, add yours