It’s been a day which Gators underrated performances have finally been appreciated. Earlier, Billy Donovan was named the top coach in college basketball. Hours later, Perfect Game named freshman pitcher Logan Shore their Freshman of the Year. It’s just another accolade given to Shore after an impressive first year. Earlier this week, he was named a First Team Freshman All-American by Baseball America and previously was named Third Team All-American and Freshman All-American by Louisville Slugger, another Freshman All-American nod by the National Collegiate Baseball Writer’s Association (NCBWA), and the SEC Freshman of the Year.
Shore started the season as an occasional starter for Florida and worked his way to being the ace of the staff. He finished the season leading the Gators with a 7-4 record and a 2.16 ERA. The righty led Florida with 68 strikeouts in 95 2/3 innings. Shore’s most impressive stats might be those within league play. All seven of his wins were in SEC play, which tied the conference lead, with only one blemish. He managed a 2.08 ERA through a difficult SEC schedule.
The freshman right-handed pitcher made his way to Gainesville from Coon Rapids, Minnesota, a city just North of Minneapolis. During a run to the state semifinals in his senior season, Shore threw his first career no-hitter for Coon Rapids High school to help the Cardinals advance in the Minnesota Class 3A playoffs. Shore was a 29th round draft pick by the Minnesota Twins coming out of high school, but chose to attend UF. Just a couple of weeks after throwing that no-no, he was in Gainesville getting ready for a freshman season to remember.
The Gators have a lot to look forward to next season. Though they’ll have to replace Taylor Gushue, Justin Shafer, and the rest of the six Florida players drafted in this year’s MLB Draft, they still have an incredibly young, talented team led by the Freshman of the Year in college baseball, Logan Shore. Kevin O’Sullivan has a lot to work with for this year’s Gators squad and it starts at the top with Shore. After a disappointing exit in the Gainesville Regional, Florida will be hoping for a College World Series run. It would be fitting to return to Omaha since that’s where Shore first saw the Gators play.