Tobias Returns on Defense for Gators

Josh Tobias punched his cleats into the clay beside third base Wednesday night. Tobias hadn't seen live play in the corner of the diamond since he was forced to retire from the field with an injured hamate bone in his wrist stemming from the South Carolina series finale in Columbia, S.C., on March 24th.

It was the top of the ninth inning of the Bethune-Cookman matchup and the Gators were in a comfortable 10-1 lead, three outs away from the close.

Though he only saw three outs in the spot on Wednesday, Josh Tobias got a chance to flex defensively to fire away Wildcats third baseman Nick Johnson's grounder to assist the second out of the inning at first base.

"It worked out perfect where he had a tough play, that little charge play there," coach Kevin O'Sullivan said. "He made an accurate throw. We'll get him going again. I don't know where he's at offensively yet, but he's really, really close."

Following the USF loss on Tuesday, O'Sullivan said Tobias graduated from taking tennis balls on the tee to baseballs.

Offensively, Tobias left off at a .250 batting average with 56 career at-bats registering 18 runs and 14 hits.

"We've just got to be careful about the hitting part," O'Sullivan said. "He was feeling good during (batting practice Wednesday)."

Tuesday, O'Sullivan said Tobias was day by day.

But fellow freshman infielder Casey Turgeon said he loved seeing Tobias return to the corner.

"I love him over there," Turgeon said after Wednesday's win. "He's a great kid and once he gets his hand back, he'll be a good addition to third base."

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