Florida baseball gets set to host the Florida Atlantic Owls on Wednesday, March 8, in the second of a pair of midweek matchups at Condron Family Ballpark in Gainesville, Florida, and if you’re wondering how you can watch the action live, you’ve come to the right place.
The Gators started the season with a three-game sweep of the visiting Charleston Southern Buccaneers but split a home-and-home with the South Florida Bulls that saw both teams win the away game during the week. The Orange and Blue bounced back from the USF loss with a sweep of the visiting Cincinnati Bearcats two weekends ago but then split another home-and-home with the Jacksonville Dolphins last week. This past weekend, Florida took two of three at home from the No. 22 Miami Hurricanes.
Florida took the first game of the midweek series on Tuesday night, 18-11.
How to Watch
WEDNESDAY (6 p.m. EST)
Projected Starting Pitchers
RHP Tyler Murphy
It’s hard to say who will throw for Florida on Wednesday with Tejeda going on Tuesday. Ryan Slater threw for Florida last Tuesday with Tejeda throwing on Wednesday, so the two could be flipping days. But with the Gators’ recent struggles out of the bullpen looming large, it’s possible Kevin O’Sullivan wants Slater to pitch in relief over the weekend.
Freshman right-hander Tyler Murphy will go for FAU on Wednesday. He’s got 5 1/3 innings under his belt so far and has allowed zero runs while striking out nine. Murphy is off to a promising start, but Florida might bring that to and end in a hurry. — David Rosenberg
Florida's Projected Starting Lineup
BT Riopelle or Luke Heyman
Jac Caglianone or BT Riopelle
Other Players to Watch
AP Photo/Doug Murray
Florida Atlantic first baseman/outfielder Nolan Schanuel is the top draft prospect in the Conference USA and shouldn’t be taken lightly in this series. He’ll be facing a freshman in Tejeda and likely another young arm, so this could be a big series for him. Outfielders Dylan Goldstein and Spencer Rich also have draft hopes.
Florida has the lead in the all-time series against FAU, but the Owls took the most recent game between the two clubs in 2021. It was a 3-2 loss for the Gators that went into the 10th inning, but this year’s team hasn’t scored less than six runs all season. — Rosenberg
GAME 2: Florida, 15-2
SERIES: This should be a one-sided series that could see things get out of hand even if there is a mercy rule. Kevin O’Sullivan won’t forget what it was like to watch his team meltdown last Wednesday, and neither will the players.
Both of these games should be convincing wins for Florida. Gators take the series, 2-0. — Rosenberg
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