O'Sullivan Wins National Coach of the Year

The Gators fell short of a national championship but head coach Kevin O'Sullivan was named 2011 National Coach of the Year by Baseball America. In his fourth year, he led Florida to the championship series of the College World Series before losing to South Carolina. The Gators also set a school record with 53 wins in a season.

Kevin O'Sullivan became the first coach in Florida history to earn the honor from Baseball America.

The Gators went 53-19 in a season that saw them split the SEC regular season championship, win the SEC Tournament championship and lose only one of nine NCAA Tournament games before the CWS championship series. Florida also earned back-to-back CWS appearances for the first time in school history. It was only the seventh time the Gators have made an appearance in Omaha.

O'Sullivan joined Andy Lopez and Joe Arnold as the only coaches who have led the Gators to multiple appearances in the CWS.

Florida finished No. 2 in the final polls. The Gators won five of six matchups against Vanderbilt, who finished No. 3 in the final polls.

WHITSON HONORED: Florida right-hander Karsten Whitson was chosen as the National Freshman Pitcher of the Year by Perfect Game and placed on their Freshman All-American team. Baseball America, Louisville Slugger and the National Collegiate Baseball Writers Association also named him a Freshman All-American.

Whitson finished the season with an 8-1 record and a 2.40 ERA. His only loss came in the final start of the season, as the Gators lost the decisive second game of the championship series to South Carolina.

THREE GATORS SIGN: Josh Adams, Matt Campbell and Nick Maronde have all signed to play professional baseball. The Florida Marlins took Adams in the 13th round of the draft, and he didn't waste much time to get his professional career started. He was assigned to the Jamestown (N.Y.) Jammers of the New York-Penn League, the Class A short-season affiliate.

The Philadelphia Phillies selected Campbell in the 24th round. After he signed, Campbell was assigned to the Rookie Gulf Coast league.

Maronde was the highest Florida player drafted. The Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim selected the left-hander in the third round. After he signed, Maronde was assigned to the Orem (Utah) Owlz of the Pioneer League, the Angels' rookie affiliate.

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