Scrimmage Report: 1/31

Scrimmage Report: 1/31

The Gators went through a short three-inning scrimmage on Thursday afternoon with sophomore Johnny Magliozzi and freshman Tucker Simpson the only two pitchers on the mound. Florida continues to prepare for the season opener when it hosts Duke on February 15.

Johnny Magliozzi:

Harrison Bader reached on throwing error by Casey Turgeon.

Cody Dent grounded out to first, Bader to second.

Taylor Gushue walked.

Vickash Ramjit singled to center to load the bases.

Cody Dent sac fly to left, Bader scores.

Bader walks.

Inning called.

Tucker Simpson:

Taylor Ratliff fouled out to the catcher.

Richie Martin grounded out to second.

Kevin Stypulkowski doubled to deep right.

Cory Reid popped out to shortstop.

Magliozzi:

Justin Shafer struck out looking.

Zack Powers flew out to center.

Michael Fahrman flew out to left.

Simpson:

Casey Turgeon flew out to the right field warning track.

Christian Dicks grounded out to first.

Taylor Ratliff flew out to center.

Cody Fulton fouled out to first.

Magliozzi:

Raphael Andrades grounded out to the pitcher.

Connor Mitchell struck out looking.

Reid struck out swinging.

Martin fouled out to first.

Simpson:

Gushue flew out to right.

Stypulkowski flew out to center.

Tobias reached on infield single to third.

Tobias stole second. (Stypulkowski catching)

Dent singled to left on a check swing, Tobias scores.

Dent stole second. (Stypulkowski catching)

Gushue reached on infield single to second, Dent scores.

Game over.

Magliozzi: 3 IP, 1 H, 2 BB, 1 R, 0 ER, 3 K.

Simpson: 3 IP, 3 H, 0 BB, 2 ER, 0 K.

Observations:

Magliozzi had a bad first inning, but he cruised through his final two innings. His control just wasn't sharp in the first inning. Once he settled in, Magliozzi attacked hitters over the last two innings. He was throwing his fastball, curveball and changeup for strikes and moving them to both sides of the plate. When his final inning was over, head coach Kevin O'Sullivan was the first one out of the dugout clapping and congratulating Magliozzi. The final two innings were very impressive.

Simpson simply did what he has been doing since stepping on campus in the fall. He got people out. His final inning of work is a little deceiving. Tobias' infield single was a ball he barely got a piece of, and it rolled into a perfect spot in front of third base for him to beat it out without a throw. It was bad luck for Simpson. Dent then checked his swing and managed to drop a ball into short left field. Gushue ended the game with a walk-off single that was in the hole between second and first base. The ball took a funny hop, keeping Turgeon from fielding it cleanly. That ended the game.

Freshman catcher Kevin Stypulkowski has been impressive the last few days. His double off Simpson was a missile down the right field line. He's a big kid, and once he has a full year under his belt, I think you'll see his power numbers grow quite a bit.

Watching practice today, it's pretty obvious how big of a lift it would be for this team if the NCAA rules Taylor Ratliff eligible. His speed is exactly what this Florida team is trying to use. He has a good swing without much pop, but his speed is blinding.

Raphael Andrades has his moment in batting practice, but he has struggled his velocity and off-speed pitches. It happens. That's expected for someone making this transition without playing baseball since his senior year. He has the tools to be a good college player, especially defensively and on the bases, if he focused only on baseball.

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