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How to Watch: Florida baseball vs. Vanderbilt Commodores on Sunday

Florida baseball returns home to host the Vanderbilt Commodores this weekend on Sunday, May 13, at Condron Family Ballpark in Gainesville, Florida, for the third and final game of the penultimate series of the 2023 schedule, and if you’re wondering how you can watch the action live, you’ve come to the right place.

The Gators got off to a strong start in non-conference play before earning a series win over the Alabama Crimson Tide at home to open SEC competition. Florida then took a single midweek game from the Florida State Seminoles in Tallahassee before sweeping a doubleheader over the Ole Miss Rebels on the road, following that up with two out of three at home from the Auburn Tigers.

Florida prevailed over the visiting Bethune-Cookman Wildcats at home before taking two of three on the road against the Tennessee Volunteers. Then on Tuesday, the Gators prevailed over the Seminoles again before dropping the opener to the Georgia Bulldogs on Friday. They bounced back on Saturday, before clinching the series on Sunday. The Orange and Blue then mercy-ruled the Florida A&M Rattlers.

The Gators were then swept on the road by the South Carolina Gamecocks for their first series loss of the season buts bounced back with a win over the North Florida Ospreys during the week before sweeping the Missouri Tigers last weekend. Speaking of sweeps, UF took all three games from FSU this season on Tuesday night with a win as well.

The Orange and Blue took the opener of last weekend’s series at the Texas A&M Aggies on Friday night before the home team bounced back to earn the series win with two-straight victories. Florida earned a mercy-rule win in this weekend’s opener on Friday while taking the second game on Saturday night.

How to Watch

SUNDAY (1 p.m. EDT)

Projected Starting Pitchers

Team

Pitcher

Record

ERA

FLORIDA

LHP Jac Caglianone

4-2

4.91

VANDERBILT

LHP Hunter Owen

4-0

3.16

Projected Starting Pitchers Notes

Things went a bit better for Jac Caglianone last weekend, but he hasn’t made it through the fourth inning since the Georgia game (April 16). Making it through four innings of one or two-run ball would be great for Caglianone.

Hunter Owen is a bit like Caglianone. He has upper-90s stuff but does better when he holds back and stays in the mid-90s. Short outings have been a problem, but he’s a raw talent with a ton of upside. The curveball plays at times and the changeup can really baffle inexperienced hitters coming off the fastball. – David Rosenberg

Projected Starting Lineup

Pos.

Player Name

AVG

OBP

SLG

AB

R

H

HR

RBI

C

BT Riopelle

.259

.384

.506

162

41

42

9

42

1B

Jac Caglianone

.354

.406

.843

198

56

70

27

69

2B

Cade Kurland

.300

.389

.594

180

52

54

14

42

3B

Colby Halter

.246

.361

.423

130

26

32

3

25

SS

Josh Rivera

.367

.465

.655

177

55

65

14

55

LF

Wyatt Langford

.399

.538

.784

148

57

59

12

30

CF

Michael Robertson

.271

.400

.329

15

37

42

1

19

RF

Tyler Shelnut

.323

.412

.594

96

21

31

6

23

DH

Luke Heyman

.349

.408

.651

106

20

37

8

29

 

Other Players to Watch

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Vanderbilt has a ton of good hitters, but Enrique Bradfield Jr. might be the on to worry about the most. He’s a .300 hitter that turns singles into triples with his speed and an elite defender in center field. Think best-case scenario Michael Robertson in two years.

Then there’s RJ Schreck, who leads the team with a .348 average, 13 home runs and 54 runs batted in.

Nick Maldonado has been elite of the bullpen with six saves and a 1.73 ERA and 35 strikeouts through 26.0 innings and 18 appearances. – Rosenberg

Series History

OVERALL

145-78-1

AT HOME

83-24

AWAY

57-47-1

NEUTRAL

5-7

NOTES: Florida might have the all-time lead in the series, but things have been fairly one-sided over the past four years. Vanderbilt has won six of nine games against UF in that time, but this might be the first year Florida is favored in the matchup. – Rosenberg

Prediction

GAME 3: Florida, 7-2

Being at home should help Florida take the series, but Waldrep’s new delivery hasn’t been working and Vandy has its best arm on the mound Saturday. Caglianone and the bullpen will need to be at their best on Sunday to take the rubber match.

SERIES: They can’t lose a series at home, right? Florida, 2-1 — Rosenberg

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