Gators play North Florida tonight in final mid-week home game of the season
Fresh off two-of-three wins in its series victory at No. 3 Kentucky this past weekend, No. 5 Florida (35-13, 14-10 SEC) will play its final stretch of home games this week.
The Gators will host North Florida at McKethan Stadium at 7 p.m. today. This is the second meeting between the two teams this season. The Ospreys (28-20, 9-12 A-Sun) defeated the GAtors 10-5 on April 3 in Jacksonville - a game in which North Florida scored in six different innings.
Freshman Johnny Magliozzi will be making his fifth start of the season for Florida and will oppose Osprey junior left-hander Tommy Organ (4-2, 3.55). In 29 innings this season covering 13 appearances, Magliozzi is 4-2 with a 3.41 ERA. He has 20 strikeouts and three walks. It will be his first start since April 24 against USF (no-decision, 4.2 IP, 5 H, 2 R, 0 ER, 4 K, 0 BB).
The Gators and Ospreys have split 10 meetings since the series started in 2006, but Florida has won five of the last seven matchups. Five of the 10 contests have been decided by two runs or less.
Entering tonight's game, the Gators are 14-2 (.875) against schools from Florida this season. UF took all three games from No. 1 Florida State, No. 8 Miami (Fla.) and Florida Gulf Coast, notched a pair of wins over Bethune-Cookman and has posted single wins over Florida Atlantic, Florida A&M, and No. 19 UCF. Florida has fallen to North Florida and USF.
Tampa's Preston Tucker has 316 career hits and needs just four more to surpass Mark Ellis (319 from 1996-99). With 240 career starts entering tonight's game, Tucker is second in school history behind Josh Adams (252).