College World Series: Florida peaked at the right time, says O'Sullivan – ESPN 98.1 FM

Coach Kevin O'Sullivan and the Florida Gators baseball team are in Omaha for the College World Series. O'Sullivan joined Steve Russell Sports scene on Thursday before the unseeded Gators (34-28) play No. 3 seed Texas A&M (49-13) on Saturday night.

Road to Omaha

The Gators struggled to make an impact during the regular season. Florida lost several midweek games, leading many to believe they wouldn't make the NCAA Tournament. O'Sullivan attributes that to the development of his pitchers over the course of the season, which helped the Gators get to this point.

The back half of his batting order has contributed this postseason. In Game 2 of the Clemson Super Regional, nine-hole hitter Michael Robertson clinched the Gators' spot in the CWS by closing the 13-inning classic with a two-run double:

O'Sullivan said he is still as excited about his ninth College World Series with Florida as he was about his first in 2010.

Caglianone’s influence

Ahead of the MLB Draft in July, Florida's Jac Caglianone has another chance in Omaha. His coach says he's a hard-working player and a great teammate despite getting so much media attention at this point in his career:

Caglianone was recently named the 2024 Perfect Game College Baseball Two-Way Player of the Year.

Against Texas A&M

After two exciting Super Regionals, the Gators and the Aggies face each other in a pure SEC duel in Omaha.

The Gators opened their SEC season at home against the Aggies and swept the series by winning two of the three games. Each ballclub has a good feeling about how this matchup could play out:

Despite his rough run at Clemson, freshman starter Liam Peterson will start Game 1 of the Gators' tenure in Omaha. The right-handed pitcher allowed three earned runs, three hits and four walks in one inning against the Tigers. Caglianone will pitch in Game 2:

Ahead of the CWS, many Gators are still on the injured list. Right-hander Ryan Slater, who has recovered from an oblique injury, should be able to pitch for Florida at some point, O'Sullivan said.

Florida faces the Aggies on Saturday at 7 p.m. ET, with live coverage on ESPN, 98.1-FM/850-AM WRUF.

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