Florida suffers shellacking against South Alabama, most lopsided postseason loss of O'Sullivan era
It was a defeat as unbelievable as it was improbable, especially considering the preseason expectations for Florida baseball.
The Gators, the preseason No. 1 team in the country, finished their host regional 0-2 following a 19-1 defeat against South Alabama, which followed a defeat against South Florida. Saturday’s game was delayed for more than an hour because of weather.
South Alabama in the sixth inning, which lasted 40 minutes, sent 14 batters to the plate and scored 10 runs on 10 hits with two outs.
Saturday’s defeat, the most lopsided postseason loss for the program in head coach Kevin O’Sullivan’s 14 seasons, marked only the sixth time in program history the Gators have gone 0-2 in regional play, and first time since 2014, according to the Gators.
The 19 runs was the most for South Alabama in an NCAA regional, besting an 18-2 victory over East Carolina in Tallahassee, Fla., in 1984. Saturday also marked the first time the Jaguars had eliminated an SEC team from an NCAA Regional in which that team was the host, per AL.com.
Before the weather delay, fans and media wondered if Florida coach Kevin O’Sullivan, who has been a reported target for the open LSU job, had coached in his last game for the Gators.
The Gators (38-22) were the 15th overall seed in the NCAA tournament.
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