Florida outfielder Ryan Larson is checked out by staff after being hit by a pitch in the first inning of a game against Mississippi State at the Southeastern Conference tournament May 26 in Hoover, Ala. AP Photo/Butch Dill
Florida was able to overcome an inconsistent weekend at the plate to get through the Gainesville Regional.
At McKethan Stadium
Saturday: Wake Forest (42-18) vs. Florida (45-17), 3 p.m., ESPN
Sunday: Florida vs. Wake Forest, 3 p.m., ESPN/ESPN2
Monday (If necessary): Wake Forest vs. Florida, TBA
The Gators are hopeful the return of their leadoff hitter will provide a spark to their offense heading into their Super Regional series against Wake Forest.
Florida coach Kevin O’Sullivan said he expects to have center fielder Ryan Larson back when Florida begins the best-of-three series Saturday at McKethan Stadium against the Demon Deacons (3 p.m., ESPN).
“I think he’ll be ready to go this weekend,” O’Sullivan said. “He’s been one of our most consistent hitters the entire year. I’m hoping, now knock on wood nothing happens this week in practice, but this is going to be the first time I think we’re gonna be at full strength the entire year.”
Larson has been out since being hit in the head with a fastball in an SEC Tournament game May 26 against Mississippi State. For the season, Larson is hitting .318 with five home runs and 23 RBIs.
“He’s definitely a huge part of our lineup and our success this year,” Florida shortstop Dalton Guthrie said. “If we can get him back this weekend, it will be a big boost for us.”
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