Gator News And World Report (6/25/2005)

The Gator News and World Report for Saturday, June 25, 2005. Gators' McArthur makes remarkable recovery to play in CWS; Gators' staff hamstrung; Garrido: LaPorta goes long; Signature Service; UF faces experienced foe; State of UF program now is on the rise and more...

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Gators' McArthur makes remarkable recovery to play in CWS
Brandon McArthur might be enjoying the College World Series a little more than any of his Florida teammates. Maybe as much as any player who's ever been here.

Gators' staff hamstrung
In little more than 24 hours, Florida's College World Series pitching plan went from ideal to makeshift.

Garrido: LaPorta goes long
Florida first baseman Matt LaPorta has impressed fans with his long home runs. You can add Texas coach Augie Garrido to that list, too.

Gators Persevere, Close In On Title
Two college baseball teams remain. The Florida Gators are one of them.

UF faces experienced foe
This is nothing new for Texas Coach Augie Garrido and his players. They've sat in these seats before, answered the same questions, dealt with the hype and hoopla.

State of UF program now is on the rise
Coach Pat McMahon has Florida back on the national radar. But being in the CWS championship series, which begins tonight, has the Gators atop the state as well.

McArthur's recovery inspires team
Brandon McArthur has watched his teammates enjoy some good food this past week at the College World Series.

Longhorns hope for smooth start in series
Just like last year, Texas won its first three games at the College World Series to advance to the championship round. That's where shortstop Seth Johnston hopes the similarity ends when the Longhorns meet Florida in the opener of the best-of-three championship series Saturday night.

LaPorta leads the Gators with the long ball
Matt LaPorta's alarm clock was set for 5:30 a.m. last fall so he could get up and run the stadium steps.

Notebook: Gators count on nation's top slugger
Matt LaPorta's alarm clock was set for 5:30 a.m. last fall so he could get up and run the stadium steps.

Davis giving UF a lift
Nobody should argue that switch-hitting Adam Davis has two of Florida's biggest hits for Florida in the 2005 College World Series.

Hoyman rooting for UF from afar
If he'd stayed in college, Justin Hoyman likely would have been pitching for the Florida Gators in the College World Series championship round this weekend in Omaha.

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Signature Service
ORLANDO - On a smaller scale, his arrival resembles the Beatles' landing at JFK in 1964 - except the Beatles didn't step out of a yellow submarine that played ``I Want To Hold Your Hand.''

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