It was a tough week for the Florida Gators on the baseball diamond. They started out the week by losing, at home, to the No. 24 Mercer Bears. They got a great performance out of Logan Shore in the opening game against the 10th-ranked Vanderbilt Commodores, but dropped games two and three to compile a 1-3 week. Playing tough competition only adds to their top-ranked strength of schedule, but the losses this past week caused them to drop in the polls.
Perfect Game was the first to release their poll Monday morning and we saw just how far Florida had fallen. After ranking fourth the previous week, the Gators fell to 11th, one spot behind Vandy. The USA Today Coaches Poll came out and UF fell from eighth to 13th. After receiving a first place vote last week, Florida didn’t manage to garner any of the top votes. Collegiate Baseball had the Gators falling from fourth to 10th and Florida dropped from fourth to eighth in the latest Baseball America poll. UF also went down a spot in the latest RPI according to Warren Nolan, but the move was only from second to third, leaving them in prime position to snatch up a top eight national seed come NCAA Tournament time.
There was some good news on the diamond this week. Freshman righty Logan Shore was named the SEC Freshman of the Week after his outstanding performance on Thursday night’s nationally televised series opener against Vanderbilt. Shore pitched 7 1/3 scoreless innings (and was clearly upset at being taken out of the game) and gave up only two singles and two walks while striking out a career-high eight. Shore improved to 7-2 on the year with the win and certainly looks like the frontline starter Florida was hoping to develop him into.
The Gators baseball team has a chance to get off the schnide this week as the host USF Tuesday in their regular season home finale. The game starts at 6:00 pm and can be seen on Sun Sports.