Freshman J.J. Schwarz was named SEC Freshman of the Week after hitting .462 (6-13) in Florida’s four games last season. In the weekend series sweep of Stony Brook, Schwarz hit .444 (4-9) with two doubles, one run and an RBI. He had two hits on Sunday, pushing his hitting streak to six games for No. 2 Florida.
Schwarz’s double on Friday night drove in Harrison Bader during the sixth inning, scoring the only run of the night to give the Gators (10-1) a 1-0 lead behind a shutout from Logan Shore and Bobby Poyner.
Florida also recorded a midweek win over top 25-ranked Florida Atlantic, and Schwarz went 2-4 while driving in three runs.
For the year, Schwarz is second on the team with a .342 average, 13 RBI and three home runs, trailing only Bader in all three categories. He’s also second on the team with seven extra-base hits this year.
Behind the plate, Florida coach Kevin O’Sullivan has split time with Mike Rivera and Schwarz. It was All-SEC selection Taylor Gushue that anchored the Gators as the catchers last year and was eventually a fourth round pick, but the two freshmen have handled the pitchers well and also provided offense.
The Gators face No. 9 UCF on Tuesday in Orlando before hosting the Golden Knights on Wednesday at 7 p.m. Florida will face Maine in a three-game series this weekend at McKethan Stadium.