McArthur Out For Season; LaPorta Injured
GAINESVILLE – Florida junior infielder Brandon McArthur will undergo surgery to repair a torn ulnar collateral ligament (UCL) in his right elbow and will miss the remainder of the season.
The Gators will also be without the school's leading home run hitter, Matt LaPorta, who injured his left ankle Friday night in a 10-4 loss to Kent State and is out indefinitely.
McArthur, a former Armwood standout, was the Gators’ starting third baseman, but has missed the last seven games since he played opening night on Feb. 9.
“This is disappointing news for Brandon, his family and our team,’’ head coach Pat McMahon said. “He is a first-class young man . . . his presence both on and off the field will be missed.’’
McArthur missed his freshman season after he was severely injured when a stranger punched him and he fell and hit his head on the pavement on Oct. 30, 2003.
As a sophomore, McArthur participated in 46 of the Gators' 56 games, starting 25 at second base, 13 at third base and five at designated hitter. He earned Academic All-SEC honors for the second time and hit .262 with 20 RBI, 19 runs, 10 multiple-hit games and five multiple-RBI outings. He was named to the College Baseball Foundation Honor Roll for the first time in his career oafter a 6-for-14 (.429) outing against Harvard.
During the Gators' run to the 2005 NCAA College World Series, McArthur played in 64 games and made 60 starts at third base. He batted .268 overall with 30 RBI and was the only Gator chosen to the SEC's All-Freshman squad after batting .286 in 28 league outings. McArthur also put together a team-best 15-game hitting streak in which he hit .448 (26-for-58).