Gator News And World Report (6/22/2005)

The Gator News and World Report for Wedensday, June 22, 2005. Not batting an eye; UF baseball beats expectations with World Series appearance; Now it's official: Roberson leaving; Senior outfielder thankful he didn't pass up this ride; Tim Walton named new head softball coach; Swinging with swagger; Judgment day coming on Taylor; Unbeaten Gators ready to get back on field at CWS; Swimming in a bigger pond; Clement named SEC Outdoor Runner of the Year and more...

Florida Gator Baseball

UF baseball beats expectations with World Series appearance
The Florida Gators' baseball season began in obscurity. Young and inexperienced, the Gators were picked to finish in third place in the Southeastern Conference's Eastern Division in a vote of the league's coaches.

Not batting an eye
Luke Hochevar. Andrew Miller. Bryan Henry. Johnny Dorn. These pitchers are some of the most effective in college baseball. And they all have something in common: They've each lost to Florida in the month of June.

Senior outfielder thankful he didn't pass up this ride
t would have been easy to leave, with the rest of his junior Florida teammates. Only center fielder Jeff Corsaletti had a feeling that one more year at Florida might lead to better things - both for himself and the Gators.

Swinging with swagger
Because Nebraska and Arizona State were playing an elimination game Tuesday afternoon, Brian Leclerc wrapped up practice just before noon with no idea which team Florida would play today.

Unbeaten Gators ready to get back on field at CWS
After two days without a game to play, the Florida Gators are itching to return to Rosenblatt Stadium and hit the field in the College World Series again.

Swimming in a bigger pond
The Gators, who have been playing baseball since 1912, can advance to their first CWS final with a win today vs. Arizona State.

Florida and Texas haven't met in this College World Series since the two are in opposing brackets, so when the Longhorns' bus pulled up to Creighton University while the Gators were practicing Tuesday, all was well.

Corsaletti relishes spotlight
Leave it to Florida's Jeff Corsaletti, the team's only senior position player, to keep a light mood on college baseball's biggest stage.

Junior's wait ends today
Although he wasn't clamoring to be named the starting pitcher today against Arizona State, Bryan Ball said he was eager for Florida's third game of the College World Series.

The 10th inning
In Arizona State, the Gators today face one of the NCAA's most storied programs. The alumni of the school have been (and in one case still is) historic figures in Major League Baseball. Two of baseball's all-time home run leaders played for Arizona State

Ball to start for UF
Bryan Ball wasn't clamoring to be named Florida's starting pitcher today against Arizona State at the 2005 College World Series.

UF one win from title series
What, Jeff Corsaletti was asked, could top his performance Sunday night?

Florida Gator Basketball

Now it's official: Roberson leaving
The last of Florida's big three made it official Tuesday. Anthony Roberson will skip his senior year at Florida and enter the NBA Draft, leaving a scoring void that will be difficult for the Gators to replace.

UF's Roberson to stay in NBA Draft
SEC's top scorer last year joins Walsh in exodus from Gainesville.

UF's Roberson elects to stay in draft
Florida basketball Coach Billy Donovan officially found out Tuesday that his job had become more difficult.

Gators' Roberson makes it official
Florida's list of losses to the NBA officially grew to two on Tuesday, when Gators junior guard Anthony Roberson decided to remain in the June 28 NBA Draft.

UF guard preparing for season in China
Lee Humphrey was thousands of miles away from the University of Florida while teammates Matt Walsh and Anthony Roberson were performing in front of NBA scouts.

Florida Gator Softball

Tim Walton named new head softball coach
Tim Walton, one of softball's top young coaching talents, will be the new head softball coach at the University of Florida, Athletics Director Jeremy Foley announced Tuesday.

Wichita State coach takes over UF softball
Florida athletics director Jeremy Foley announced Tuesday that Tim Walton will replace softball coach Karen Johns

Gators snap up Walton
Three years of success as Wichita State's softball coach has led Tim Walton to a new and bigger challenge, this time in one of college softball's power conferences.

Florida Gator Fred Taylor

Judgment day coming on Taylor
As he has been for some time now, a dedicated Fred Taylor was on the practice field again Tuesday, running and jumping, rehabilitating the most famous knee in Jacksonville.

Florida Gator Track & Field

Clement named SEC Outdoor Runner of the Year
University of Florida sophomore Kerron Clement (La Porte, Texas) was named the 2005 Southeastern Conference Outdoor Runner of the Year as announced Monday in a vote by the league's coaches.

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