Crawford On the Mound For Opening Game Against Duke
Jonathon Crawford’s coming out party last season was absolutely incredible for the Gator Baseball team. During the NCAA tournament Gainesville regional matchup against Bethune-Cookman, Crawford who was just a sophomore tossed a no hitter. This was the first no-no thrown by a single Florida pitcher since 1991.
During his freshman season in 2011, Crawford only pitched 3.2 innings. At the start of 2012 as a sophomore he wasn’t even part of the weekend rotation. He only worked the midweek contests. He was moved into the weekend rotation when star pitcher Karsten Whitson was benched due to injury, and did not disappoint. On the season Crawford went 6-2 with 73 strikeouts and a 3.13 era over 77.2 innings.
Because of his tremendous second half and his great work ethic in the off season, head coach Kevin O’sullivan has given Crawford the Start in the opener against Duke on February 15.
"Anytime you have a guy like him at the front of your rotation, you have to feel good about it,” coach Kevin O’Sullivan said.
The Junior righty is a potential first round draft pick and will be part of a strong Gators starting rotation that will include Karsten Whitson and possibly Keenan Kish.
The Gators open the season at McKethan Stadium against Duke at 7:00pm on Friday February, 15.
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