Head coach: Corey Gehlken, sixth season
2016 record: 23-12 (15-5 Division I Sunrise, third)
Returning lettermen (starters): Thirteen (seven)
Top players: SS A.J. Amelburu (Sr.), 1B Drake Maningo (Sr.), IF/P Matt Gilbertson (Sr.), IF/OF Carter Gehlken (Jr.), UTL/P Frankie Fitzgerald (Sr.)
Outlook: The Gators appeared to be primed for a good season with the return of 13 lettermen.
Amelburu (.418, 20 RBIs, 30 runs, 30 stolen bases), Maningo (.385, 35 RBIs, 29 runs), Gilbertson (.396, 28 RBIs, 28 runs), Carter Gehlken (.367, 14 RBIs, 16 runs) and Fitzgerald (.333, 15 RBIs, 17 runs) should be among the leaders on offense.
Gilbertson (1.74 ERA, 49 innings, 24 K) and Fitzgerald (2.54 ERA, 41.1 innings, 28 K) return on the mound.
“Our team outlook is to play quality fundamental baseball and expect to compete every day,” Corey Gehlken said.