Gators fall in two national baseball polls
After losing two of three games in a weekend home series against Arkansas, Florida fell this week in both the Baseball America and USA Today/ESPN Coaches baseball polls, released on Monday.
The Gators defeated Arkansas in Friday's series opener, but lost games on Saturday (5-1) and Sunday (3-1). The Gators are 3-3 in decisive third games in SEC series this season.
Florida (33-12, 12-9 SEC) fell from No. 2 to No. 5 in the USA Today/ESPN poll - which includes six SEC teams in the Top 25. The Gators went from No. 5 to No. 7 in the Baseball America poll.
Florida has struggled offensively lately, including in a loss to USF last week.
“It’s been very hard for us to score runs,” Florida coach Kevin O’Sullivan said. “Teams go through this and we’re not immune to it. It’s a difficult time right now, but we will get through it and we’ll hopefully be better because of it. . . . We just haven’t been able to put it together. We need to do a better job getting lead-off men on base, so we can get some offense and some momentum going. I know we’ll get out of this thing and we’ll be a much better team because of it.”
Florida State (36-7) is No. 1 in both polls this week.
Here is the Top 10 in Baseball America: 1) Florida State; 2. Baylor; 3. Kentucky; 4. LSU; 5. South Carolina; 6. Rice;, 7. Florida; 8. Cal State Fullerton; 9. Texas A&M; 10. Oregon.
Top 10 in USA Today/ESPN Coaches poll: 1) Florida State; 2. Baylor; 3. South Carolina; 4. LSU; 5. Florida; 6. Kentucky; 7. Stanford; 8. Rice; 9. Texas A&M; 10) North Carolina.