Gators Throw Another Freshman at the Seminoles

The University of Florida Gator’s dominate pitching stops the offensive Florida State Seminoles.

Freshman, Garrett Milchin, got the nod for his first-ever start at the collegiate level on a grand stage against the No. 19 Seminoles.

Milchin didn’t let up a single run as he pitched 4.1 innings and allowed only two hits as he picked up, not only another win for the Gators, but his first in a Gator uniform.

Milchin consistently threw 88 to 92 miles per hour and kept the Seminoles on their toes with his changeup and sinker.

For the second time this season, the Gators use another freshman pitcher against the in-state rival after having success with freshman pitcher, Nate Brown, in their first   meeting earlier this season.

The Gators beat the Seminoles four to one after catcher, Mike Rivera, gave them a early lead as he ripped a three-run homer right off the bat in the first inning.

This was the second game of the Florida Sunshine Showdown. This game was played at a neutral site in Jacksonville, Florida on March 28, 2017.

Maybe we’ll see another freshman pitcher on the mound for the Gators when they look to complete the sweep of the Seminoles when they travel to Tallahassee on April 11, 2017.

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Freshman Swimmer Splashes into Championship Final

Gators sent five swimmers to the 200 freestyle event at the 2017 NCAA Men’s Swimming Championship, but Maxine Rooney, a freshman, was the only Gator to make the cut.

Rooney out swam his opponents and Gator teammates at the prelims as he posted a second place finish with a time of 1:33.88, earning himself a spot in the championship final.

Rooney will be one of three freshman to compete in the championship final as he looks to add another National Title to the record books.

The Gators have already tallied up two National Titles during this years Men’s Swimming Championship. Juniors Caeleb Dressel and Mark Szaranek are the ones responsible for bringing the first two National Titles back home to Gainesville this year, but they aren’t finished yet as they will compete again in their respected events to try to add to their accomplishments.

The Gators currently rank third in team standings with a combined score of 138.5 points. University of Texas and University of California are the only teams to beat as we near the end of this year’s championship.

The championship final will take place at Indiana University’s Natatorium on Friday, March 24 at 6 p.m. The 2017 Men’s Swimming Championship will come to a close on March 25.

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The Answer(s) to the Gator’s QB Woes

There are many question marks circulating the upcoming Florida Gator’s football season but the biggest one lies at quarterback with Luke Del Rio out until fall due to shoulder surgery.

Freshman quarterbacks Feleipe Franks, Kyle Trask and Kadarius Toney report for spring practice looking to earn the starting spot come fall.

Franks starts the spring taking snaps with the first team as Trask begins with the second. Toney, more of an athlete than a quarterback, gets reps here and there filling in for the sidelined Del Rio.

Both Franks and Trask are comparable in size and strength as they can both launch the ball out of The Swamp. Despite their similarities, Franks has the edge due to his leadership that highlights his confidence both on and off the field.

In addition, the Gators are bringing in 4-star recruit Jake Allen this fall, but he will be an unlikely competitor for the starting spot as Franks and Trask are set to complete their second full spring with the team.

Del Rio is scheduled to be back in time for the season opener but many are unsure if he is the answer. There is no “Spots Back” on this team for Del Rio as it will be a full out competition to the end.

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A statue of former Gator great, Tim Tebow, sits at the doors to The Swamp. Tebow once lead the Gators to a National Championship in 2008. Photo by Caelan Barnhart.

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Freshman to Face In-State Rival

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Gator baseball players take their positions behind starting freshman pitcher, Nate Brown. Brown hasn’t pitched in over two weeks. Photo by Caelan Barnhart.

Freshman right-handed pitcher, Nate Brown, will take the mound for the Gators Tuesday night against third ranked Florida State. Brown, a Wisconsin native, looks for his second career victory along with bragging rights against the Gator’s biggest foe.

Brown looks to improve his 6.75 ERA that he earned in his first two appearances in this top-five matchup that is being called the “Sunshine Showdown.”

Keeping his cool, the Gator’s newby responded to his upcoming matchup with the following:

“It’s just another game,” Brown Said. “I am excited to get out on the mound and pitch.”

With such confidence, there might be some dust to brush off as this will be Brown’s first appearance in over two weeks. Brown last pitched on February 28, when he went three innings against the Knights of the University of Central Florida.

If Brown struggles early on, the Gators will fall back on their highly experienced and talented bullpen to close out the game.

Florida State travels to Gainesville Tuesday night with a slightly better record at 13-3 compared the Gator’s 12-5 record. In the past, the Gators have displayed their dominance by beating the Seminoles 12 out of the last 15 times these teams have met.

The game is set to take place at 6:30 p.m. at Alfred A. McKethan Stadium at Perry Field.

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