Alex Faedo, Kyra Jefferson, Alex McMurtry headline UF’s star-studded performances of the past season. Alex Faedo’s took his stellar season to the next level at the College World Series. GAINESVILLE, Fla. — In reviewing the 2016-17 athletic campaign, our first installment hit on 10 of the most memorable team performances of the athletic year.
You can’t have great team performances without some great individual ones, but there are also those instances that just warrant mention because of their historical or record-book significance.
Here are 10 that stood out.
Feel free to debate.
1) FAEDO EN FUEGO
Big-name player. Big-time games. The biggest of stages.
What more could Kevin O’Sullivan have asked for from his ace pitcher Alex Faedo ? And what more from his final UF season could Faedo have gotten? The Gators won a share of the Southeastern Conference regular-season title. The Detroit Tigers made Faedo their first-round draft pick the same day Florida defeated Wake Forest to win its Super Regional and clinch a third straight trip to the College World Series.
And then, once in Omaha, Faedo was basically unhittable.
He was, by definition, unscored upon.
(OK, so that’s not really a word, but you get the point) — NCAA Baseball (@NCAACWS) June 28, 2017 Faedo fired 14 1/3 scoreless innings in his two CWS games, running his NCAA Tournament totals to 27 1/3 innings, one earned run and 44 strikeouts. In the two games, Faedo struck out 11 batters each to become one of just five pitchers over the last 30 years (and the first since 2010) to fan more than 10 in two games at the CWS.
He wasn’t on the mound for either of the Gators’ wins in the championship series against LSU, but he was the reason they were in it the first place.
Now, it’s on to bigger and better things, but what a way to go out.
2) JEFFERSON’S HISTORIC DASH Kyra Jefferson rejoices after running into women’s collegiate track and field history. Twenty-eight years.That’s how long it had been since a collegiate woman had run the 200 meters as fast as Kyra Jefferson did in winning the event at the NCAA Championships at Eugene, Ore.Jefferson, the senior from Detroit, blistered the track in 22.02, breaking the NCAA mark of 22.04, set by LSU"s Dawn Sowell in 1989. In doing so, Jefferson became just the fourth American women in the event’s history to run the 200 in 22.02 or better before their 23rd birthday. The previous three — Evelyn Ashford , Marion Jones and Allyson Felix — went on to total 15 Olympic gold medals between them.We very well could be hearing from Jefferson, the alum, at future World Championships and Olympics. 3) NEW AD ERA Scott Stricklin, the 14th athletic director in UF history, meets the press at his introductory news conference. On Sept. 27, UF president Kent Fuchs introduced Scott Stricklin as the 14th athletic director in Gators history.Stricklin, by way of Mississippi State, replaced one of the best in the business, Jeremy Foley , who […]