Kevin O'Sullivan explains how Florida's 2023 team is 'built different'
Kevin O’Sullivan has his Florida program 1 win away from the College World Series Finals after a 5-4 victory over Oral Roberts. In the process, the Gators hit 3 home runs including a pair of 2-run blasts.
Ty Evans delivered a 2-run HR to open the scoring in the 2nd inning. Josh Rivera followed with a solo HR in the 4th and Luke Heyman added another 2-run HR to make it 5-1 in the 4th inning. When it was all said and done, the Gators broke the program’s single-season record for HRs.
After the game, the head coach of the Gators was asked about the power prowess of his team. While O’Sullivan admitted this year’s team is built differently than previous versions, he also would like to see Florida get more runners on base before hitting the long ball. The Gators previously had 3 solo home runs in the win over Virginia.
O’Sullivan also believes his team is ready to adjust if needed in order to get runs across in Omaha:
“You would like at some point maybe get couple guys on, hit a three-run homer. Solo ones. But certainly our team is built different this year than maybe it was some other years,” said O’Sullivan.
“We’ve been fortunate, to where the wind on Friday night, the last three innings, it died down and tonight the wind was in our favor as well.
“We’re prepared if we’ve got to change the way we score runs and play more hit-and-run and run the bases a little more aggressively, that type of thing, to manufacture runs, we do have the ability to do that, too.”
Florida’s path forward
With the win on Sunday, Florida has advanced to the bracket finals on Wednesday. The Gators will wait to find out who they will face from the winner of Oral Roberts vs. TCU.
Florida’s next game is set for 2 pm ET Wednesday, and a win would send the Gators into the CWS Finals. A loss would force a winner-take-all showdown Thursday.