Gainesville Regional Capsule

Gainesville Regional Capsule

Lets take a look another regional being hosted inside the state of Florida.

#1 Seed – Florida Gators (42-18, at-large bid from SEC)

Top Hitters:
Mike Zunino (.323, 16 HR, 55 RBI)
Daniel Pigott (.320, 7 HR, 35 RBI)
Brian Johnson (.318, 5 HR, 39 RBI)
Preston Tucker (.312, 14 HR, 44 RBI)
Nolan Fontana (.290, 9 HR, 28 RBI)

Top Pitchers:
Greg Larson (30 apps., 1.32 ERA, .196 batting average against)
Steven Rodriguez (31 apps., 2.04 ERA, .197 batting average against)
Austin Maddox (29 apps., 2.28 ERA, 12 saves)
Hudson Randall (7-2, 2.91 ERA)
Jonathan Crawford (5-2, 3.34 ERA)
Karsten Whitson (3-0, 3.41 ERA)
Brian Johnson (7-4, 3.67 ERA)

Best Case Scenario:
The Gators show why they are the top overall seed in the tournament and breeze through the regional unscathed.

Worst Case Scenario:
The Florida offense, which is not as stout as last year's Florida offense, goes quiet at just the wrong time and a red-hot Georgia Tech team pulls the upset and gets into the super regionals.

#2 Seed – Georgia Tech (36-24, ACC automatic bid)

Top Hitters:
Brandon Thomas (.352, 41 RBI, 12 steals)
Sam Dove (.338, 28 RBI, 12 steals)
Jake Davies (.332, 13 HR, 69 RBI)
Daniel Palka (.302, 12 HR, 47 RBI)

Top Pitchers:
Alex Cruz (29 apps., 2.00 ERA, .183 batting average against)
Buck Farmer (8-3, 3.43 ERA)
Cole Pitts (6-4, 4.36 ERA)
Zane Evans (18 apps., 4.01 ERA, 6 saves)

Best Case Scenario: The Yellow Jackets pick up where they left off at the ACC tournament and hit their way into the super regionals.

Worst Case Scenario: The Georgia Tech pitching staff, which does leave a bit to be desired, can't keep opposing teams off the scoreboard and the Yellow Jackets are headed home with only a loser's bracket win to show for their time in the postseason.

#3 Seed – College of Charleston Cougars (37-20, at-large bid from Southern Conference)

Top Hitters:
Marty Gantt (.375, 10 HR, 44 RBI, 25 steals)
Brandon Murray (.324, 12 HR, 39 RBI)
Brandon Glazer (.322, 7 HR, 24 RBI)
Bradley Goodson (.284, 8 HR, 42 RBI)
Daniel Aldrich (.279, 10 HR, 44 RBI)

Top Pitchers:
Christian Powell (9-3, 2.39 ERA)
Matt Pegler (9-2, 2.92 ERA)
Josh Renfro (6-7, 3.66 ERA)
Ryan West (9 starts, 8 relief apps., 4-3, 3.73 ERA)
Kyle Owings (28 apps., 1.33 ERA, .216 batting average against)
David Peterson (31 apps., 3.43 ERA, 10 saves)

Best Case Scenario: The Cougars get past the suddenly cooled-off Yellow Jackets in their opening game and they carry that momentum all the way to the regional final, where they have chance to move on to the super regionals.

Worst Case Scenario: The Yellow Jackets run over the Cougars in the opening game just like they did each of their opponents in the ACC tournament and follow up it up with a loss in the loser's bracket to go 0-2.

#4 Seed – Bethune-Cookman Wildcats (34-25, MEAC automatic bid)

Top Hitters:
Brashad Johnson (.346, 34 RBI, 20 steals)
David Lee (.316, .429 OBP, 47 RBI)
Brandon Turner (.300, 23 RBI, 23 steals)
Josh Johnson (.295, 24 RBI, 27 steals)
Anthony Stokes (.273, 10 HR, 35 RBI)

Top Pitchers:
Rayan Gonzalez (9-1, 1.96 ERA, .227 batting average against)
Jairo Acevedo (17 apps., 2.37 ERA)
Gabriel Hernandez (6-3, 2.92 ERA)
Jordan Dailey (33 apps., 3.38 ERA, 11 saves)
Montana Durapau (4-6, 3.41 ERA)

Best Case Scenario: The Wildcats, led by ace Rayan Gonzalez, put a scare in Florida in the opening game before dropping a close one. They pick up a win in the loser's bracket before running short on pitching and bowing out.

Worst Case Scenario: The Wildcats simply don't have the top-end talent to compete offensively and on the mound and they go 0-2 before they even get settled in.

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