Continued from page 1

Coach: Kevin O’Sullivan (173-80, fourth season).

Road To Omaha: Won Gainesville Regional: beat Manhattan 17-3, beat Miami 5-4, beat Miami 11-4. Won Gainesville Super Regional: beat Mississippi State 11-1, lost to Mississippi State 4-3, beat Mississippi State 8-6.

2011 record vs. CWS teams: 4-3 (1-2 vs. South Carolina, 3-1 vs. Vanderbilt).

Last CWS appearance: 2010.

All-time record in CWS: 8-13 (seventh appearance).

Meet The Gators: C Mike Zunino (.376, 18, 66), 1B Austin Maddox (.280, 6, 35) or Vickash Ramjit (.394, 1, 7), 2B Josh Adams (.329, 6, 42), SS Nolan Fontana (.301, 5, 47), 3B Cody Dent (.191, 0, 5) or Ramjit, LF Daniel Pigott (.339, 5, 39, 15 SBs) or Tyler Thompson (.273, 1, 17), CF Bryson Smith (.323, 2, 20), RF Preston Tucker (.314, 14, 68), DH Brian Johnson (.312, 5, 27) or Pigott. Starting Pitchers: RHP Hudson Randall (10-3, 2.29), RHP Karsten Whitson (8-0, 2.45), LHP Alex Panteliodis (6-2, 3.95), LHP Brian Johnson (8-3, 2.66). Relievers: RHP Austin Maddox (2-0, 0.74, 5 saves), LHP Nick Maronde (0-0, 2.03, 2 saves), RHP Greg Larson (1-1, 2.19), RHP Tommy Toledo (6-3, 3.41), RHP Anthony DeSclafani (5-3, 4.36, 3 saves), LHP Steven Rodriguez (3-2, 1.72, 2 saves).

All-Star Alumni: Al Rosen, David Eckstein, Robby Thompson, Brad Wilkerson, Mike Stanley, Mark Ellis, Josh Fogg, Matt LaPorta, Ryan Raburn, David Ross, Doug Corbett, Rob Murphy.

Short Hops: Gators making back-to-back trips to Omaha for first time in program history. … Florida has won 50 or more games for just third time in school history, joining 1991 and ‘96 Gators squads. … Gators hoping to get back the versatile Johnson, who has been sidelined since May 28 with a mild concussion, suffered when he was hit in back of head on throw by Zunino. Also looking to get Maddox back after he sprained foot during regionals. … Zunino was selected as SEC player of year, and a finalist for Johnny Bench Award given to college baseball’s best catcher. … Whitson has had superb season after being drafted by Padres ninth overall a year ago, but opting to attend Florida. … Dent is son of former big league SS and manager Bucky Dent. … Adams has appeared in 248 games for Gators, a school record. … Panteliodis holds school record for most NCAA postseason starts with six. … Tucker has 202 career RBIs, joining Brad Wilkerson (214) and Matt LaPorta (206) as only Gators players to reach 200.

Quotable: “I think it was one of the best games that I have been involved with.” _ O’Sullivan on his team’s Omaha-clinching 8-6 victory after coming back from late 6-4 deficit against Mississippi State.

___

NORTH CAROLINA (50-14)

CWS Seed: 3.

Coach: Mike Fox (588-244-1, 13th year).

Road To Omaha: Won Chapel Hill Regional: beat Maine 4-0, beat James Madison 14-0, beat James Madison 9-3. Won Chapel Hill Super Regional: beat Stanford 5-2, beat Stanford 7-5.

2011 record vs. CWS teams: 3-1 (vs. Virginia).

Story Continues →