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Florida Gulf Coast Baseball. The Gators finish up their eight game road trip in Ft. Myers Tuesday night when they play the FGCU Eagles. During that road trip, Florida exclusively faced top-25 opponents. UF went 4-3, including wins over No. 19 Kentucky, No. 1 Florida State, and No. 4 South Carolina. FGCU will be the first unranked team Florida has faced since Florida Atlantic on April 1st. In the past 12 games, the Gators have beaten the No. 1 team twice, No. 4 five times (LSU, South Carolina), and No. 19 once for a 8-4 record. Florida also beat FGCU their last time out on March 1. The game starts at 6:30 pm.
AJ Puk Named Freshman of the Week. Left handed pitcher/first baseman AJ Puk was named the SEC Freshman of the Week in baseball Monday. In double duty against South Carolina, Puk pitched 3 2/3 innings, allowing only one runner on base with a walk. He also struck out three and picked up Sunday’s win. At the plate, Puk hit .333 (2-for-6) with two hits, one walk, one run, and one RBI.
Brianna Morgan Named Player of the Week. Sophomore Brianna Morgan was named the Co-SEC Player of the Week in women’s tennis. Morgan posted a 4-0 record this past week in singles and doubles competition. She provided the clinching dual match win versus No. 5 Vanderbilt.
Florent Diep Named Player of the Week. Senior Florent Diep was named the Co-SEC Player of the Week in men’s tennis Monday. Diep moved to the number one position and excelled. He notched three wins over ITA top-20 opponents this weekend and clinched Florida’s four-seed in the SEC Tournament with his win over Kentucky’s Tom Jomby.
FLax Fourth in Both Polls. Florida lacrosse had stayed steady at four in the IWLCA Poll, but this week, the Brine Media Poll agreed. The Gators made the jump from five to four in the Brine Media Poll after four straight weeks at five. Florida beat Vanderbilt in their final home game of the season.
Baseball Moves Up the Rankings. After a 3-1 week against top four competition, Florida baseball moved up in all four polls. The Gators moved up from 24 to 18 in the NCBWA Poll, from 25 to 18 in the USA Today Coaches’ Poll, up one spot to 12 in the Collegiate Baseball rankings, and jumped from 15 to 9 in Baseball America.