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Gators jump 13 spots in Collegiate Baseball poll: Keating SEC Player of the Week



Following its sweep over then-No.8 Louisville last weekend, Florida jumped 13 spots to No. 12 in the Collegiate Baseball poll released Monday afternoon.

It was the largest jump of any school in the nation in this week's poll.

Also on Monday, senior pitcher Patrick Keating was named the SEC Player of the Week after capturing the Gators' season opener with a seven-inning outing, and a career-high seven strikeouts,in a 6-3 win Friday night.

Keating allowed four hits and three runs (two earned) without issuing any walks to the Cardinals, who were a unanimous preseason selection as the Big East Conference favorite. Keating twice struck out Louisville All-American Chris Dominguez, the Big East's Preseason Player of the Year, and limited him to an 0-for-3 performance. In addition, Keating was on a 75-pitch count and threw 72 pitches in seven full innings. He also improved to 6-0 as a starter at McKethan Stadium and has a 1.98 earned run average in those starts.

Florida (3-0) will host No. 14 Miami (3-1) in a three-game series beginning Friday night.

[Last modified: Wednesday, May 26, 2010 12:48pm]


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