Josh Adams Finally Has a Home

For his first two seasons with the Gator baseball team Josh Adams has been Mr. Versatility. The Jacksonville Eagle's View Academy product has been all over the field for Coach Kevin O'Sullivan.

Last season Adams started 32 games at second base, 17 at shortstop and 12 at third base. It wasn't much different his freshman season as he started 30 times at second, 18 at third and nine more in the outfield (4 in LF, 4 in CF and 1 in RF).

This season, however the plan is to put the two-time All-SEC performer in one spot at second base. One could forgive Adams if he takes this information and begins singing along to a Huey Lewis and the News song:

And I finally found a home.
Where I'll never be alone.
Right here where I belong.
And I finally found a home.

The stability of having a set position should help the Gators defensively and perhaps allow Adams to improve on his offensive stats from 2008 and '09.

2008 .330 avg. 17 2B, 8 HR, 51 RBI, 11 SB

2009 .342 avg. 11 2B, 8 HR, 52 RBI, 5 SB

For his part, Adams said a set position isn't really that big of a deal.

"It's just one of those things. As long as I'm on the field, I'm excited to be out there. But, definitely being part of the nucleus up the middle is going to be fun."

Adams will team up with first baseman Preston Tucker (.364, 15, 85) to give the Gators arguably the best right side of the infield in the country. Tucker was a freshman all-American and is the first Gator to be named National Freshman Hitter of the Year.

Adams says the 2010 Gator baseball team has put in the work and is a very confident group taking to the field this spring.

"Right now we're out here and we're going to start having some fun and throw the baseball around a little bit. In the locker room it's definitely different this year. Everyone came in with the attitude that we're going to win. We know it, everyone knows it. No one has to say anything about it or anything like that. We're going to win, that's what it will come down to.

The Gators will open the season ranked No. 7 by Baseball America. Adams says he likes being in the top 10, but the goal is higher than that.

"It is (good to be ranked) and all the fans can read the message boards and be happy and stuff like that. But we know we're better than that. We see it. We take it in and then we go right back to work."

Adams also says that he is very impressed with the talent and depth on the Gator pitching staff this season.

"It's amazing the freshmen we got in this fall. They're all good and it's one of those things that when we scrimmage there are not going to be a lot of hits. The pitching staff we have we all know can close any team down when they need to. It gives us a lot of confidence. We're going to be very tough to beat this year. We're not cocky or anything like that but we are confident in what we do."


Adams and the Gators open the season on February 19 with a home game against South Florida. The Gators will play their first eight games at home over a 10-day period.

They open March with a Tuesday, March 2 game in Tampa against FSU before a three game series at Miami begins on Friday.

Fightin Gators Top Stories