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Gators' Michael Byrne and Alex Faedo Named Baseball America All-Americans

The first of many college baseball All-America honors were released on Thursday and Florida pitchers Michael Byrne and Alex Faedo are among the selections.

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Byrne, who developed into the Gators’ closer this season, was named to the Third Team while Friday night ace Faedo earned Second Team honors. Both players were named to the All-SEC Second Team in May.

 

Byrne broke the school record for saves in a single season, totaling 16 saves as Florida starts Super Regional action this weekend. He has a 1.55 earned run average and 74 strikeouts to just 12 walks.

 

Last weekend, Byrne pitched 10 scoreless innings in relief and earned a win and two saves in the 2017 NCAA Gainesville Regional. He combined with Faedo on Saturday night to strike out 18 USF batters, the most ever by UF pitchers in a NCAA Tournament game.

 

Faedo leads the weekend rotation with a 2.70 earned run average and has limited opponents to a .221 batting average. His career record of 26-6 is the best in school history for players with at least 20 decisions.

 

On the season, Faedo has 12 quality starts in 16 outings with 123 strikeouts, second-most in the SEC. He now has 315 strikeouts in his career, third-most in school history.

 

The Gators face Wake Forest this weekend in the 2017 NCAA Gainesville Super Regional. Game one is scheduled for Saturday at 3 p.m. on ESPN.


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