What we learned: Stony Brook series

The Gators moved to 10-1 with a sweep of Stony Brook over the weekend and will face UCF in a midweek two-game series starting Tuesday.


Starting pitching: This group was on the bad list after last week’s series against Miami. Against Stony Brook, Florida starting pitchers threw 19.2 innings, allowing seven hits, six walks, three runs (all earned) and struck out 14 hitters. The trio of Dane Dunning, A.J. Puk and Logan Shore were dominant. Add in the hot hitting of the team and Josh Tobias, and you get a sweep with two games that weren’t close. The only three runs allowed came in the first inning when Puk allowed a walk and a single before giving up a three-run homer. After that, he went 6.1 innings allowing just one hit and no runs.

The Stony Brook offense is nowhere near what Florida (10-1) saw last weekend against Miami, but this weekend was still a hint at what this staff can do. The three sophomores all have 92+ mph arms and can be dominant when they’re on. All three had their best stuff this weekend outside of the first four batters Puk faced.

Josh Tobias: Florida’s third baseman tied the school record by getting a hit in eight straight at-bat, a record previously set by Kurt Keene in 1999. His career has been like this, filled with cold streaks on the plate while other times when he gets unbelievably hot and can’t get out. But nothing this extreme has happened for the Florida senior.

When he’s hot, Kevin O’Sullivan has one less decision to make. Tobias has to be in the lineup as long as he’s hot. He also made two impressive defensive plays on Saturday and can contribute in that way, too. Tobias has had hot streaks before, but if the third baseman can build on this heading into the week’s matchups with UCF, he could earn the staff’s confidence and get more of a chance when the hot streak ends.

Defense: Florida didn’t commit an error against Stony Brook and will take a streak of 30.2 errorless innings into Tuesday. For the year, the Gators are fielding .982. The top fielding percentage in school history is .978, set in 2010. Eleven games into the season is too early to put the school record on watch, but it shows how well this group has played defensively this season.


Left on base: The bad list is short this weekend, and honestly, even this one is a reach. Florida scored 21 runs in three games against Stony Brook, but they did leave a total of 21 runners on base. A big part of that is a product of having so many base runners over the weekend.

Florida has struggled to drive hitters in from third base with less than two outs, and that crept up again this weekend. Against a less talented team, it didn’t hurt the Gators this weekend. However, that can change once Southeastern Conference play begins in two weeks.

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