Florida baseball is gearing up to host the Regional this weekend, and the Gators will have some reinforcement. According to Florida skipper, Kevin O'Sullivan, UF first baseman, Pete Alonso, took batting practice on Tuesday.
"He got cleared yesterday and took batting practice for the first time and looked good," said O'Sullivan. "I expect him to look a little bit better today and then a little bit better tomorrow and be ready to go this weekend. I would anticipate him playing."
The return of Alonso will certainly help Florida offensively, which is looking for more consistency.
"We had some bright moments and we had some moments that we went kind of stale," he said. "I think this week was a step in the right direction... I think we needed to get Pete back."
The Gators are the overall number one seed in the tournament and started off the season as the top team in the country; Florida is no stranger to pressure.
"We started off trying to not to lose," he said. "We are 47 and 13 I think thats the disappointing thing for this team we didn't win the SEC regular season championship. I think we have held it together the best we could.... I think we are poised to make a run in the post season."
As far as who will be Friday's starter against Bethune-Cookman, O'Sullivan has not ruled out Logan Shore. O'Sullivan admits Logan "needs works," but he should be "ready to go" this weekend.
O'Sullivan discusses the Gainesville Regional and more in the video above.