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Faedo dominant for Gators over Canes in win #400 for Kevin O’Sullivan

A pitcher’s coach couldn’t have had it scripted much better than this. Florida ace Alex Faedo went 8.2 innings of shutout, two-hit baseball as the No. 2 Florida Gators defeated the No.17 Miami Hurricanes 1-0 in Gainesville in front of a packed house at McKethan Stadium. In the process, head coach Kevin O’Sullivan won the 400th game of his coaching career, all as the skipper of the Gators.

Faedo came out of the gates fast for Florida (4-1) and didn’t have a single blemish on the night until he allowed a double in the fifth inning. Getting the first 13 batters he faced out, Faedo was taking no prisoners throwing the usual first pitch strikes. He finished with eight strikeouts and just one walk to go along with the two hits in the 30 batters he faced on the night.

Frank Rubio would be called upon to get the last out with a couple of runners on base and would strike out Romy Gonzalez for the game’s final out.

O’Sullivan figured Faedo would rebound from his performance last weekend to have a good outing.

“He pitched great,” he said about his Friday ace. “I did expect him to be better [than last week]. His bullpen [session] was really good. He was focused, and I could tell as the weekend got closer he was focused and he was prepared. He spent a lot of time watching video and he was prepared. He worked awfully hard this week.”

Miami ace Jesse Lepore was also impressive and scattered Gator hits for most of the game and allowed just the one run to cross in six complete innings of work. It was an earned run, but Lepore walked just two Gators and struck out six along the way.

The Gators got their run in the third inning as junior Dalton Guthrie got on base via a one-out walk. Freshman Austin Langworthy continued his hot hitting with a single through the right side that moved the speedy Guthrie to third base. Sophomore Jonathan India then would gain his team leading fifth RB of the season with a single through the left side, scoring Guthrie on the play.

As they have a few times in the five games this year, the Gators were able to get several base runners on the base paths, but stranded 10 of them in the game, needing the big time performance from Faedo to secure the win.

Junior Christian Hicks led all Gators with two hits on four at bats. His improved swing over the fall and early this spring has the big first baseman hitting .400 on the year. Guthrie and Langworthy continued their solid play, both were 1-of-3 on the night, and as mentioned above, factored in the lone score of the game.

O’Sullivan won his 400th game as a college head coach with his entire career as the head man coming at Florida. He is undeniably the best manager the gators have had on a list of some very good ones. He was gracious about the monumental number after the game.

 “All the credit really goes to our staff and the players that we recruit,” he said. “We’ve had some really good players come through the program. The players, they’re the ones that win the game. Me, Brad and Craig have been together since day one. Ann Hughes, our academic advisor, has been here since day one. I’ve known Buddy Munroe, our baseball ops person, since 2005 when I recruited him at Clemson. We’ve only been through a couple strength coaches, a couple trainers, so we’ve had a lot of continuity. But once again, all the credit goes to the players. They’re the ones that play the game and put in all the hard work. (Number) 401 will be a little sweeter.”

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