Dent, Florida earn berth in NCAA Super Regionals

Sophomore infielder Cody Dent of Florida, the son of three-time MLB All-Star Bucky Dent, will enter his second season with the North Shore Navigators this summer. However, the Gators advanced to the NCAA Super Regionals with a 11-4 win over Miami on Sunday, meaning Dent’s arrival in Lynn will be delayed.

Dent went 1-for-3 with two walks and a run scored in the victory.

The Gators defeated Manhattan on Friday before taking down Miami (FL) on both Saturday and Sunday to advance to the Super Regionals for the second straight year. It was also Florida’s third straight Regional title.

Cody Dent has a .459 OBP in his last 10 games (photo courtesy of GatorZone.com).

Dent has appeared in 40 games for the Gators while starting just 14, but the smooth defender has recently worked his way into the regular lineup. Since May 20, Dent has started each of the last 10 games at third base out of the ninth spot for the Gators, who have gone 8-2 in that span. He has reached base safely in all but one game and also has two multi-hit performances.

Over the 10-game stretch, Dent is hitting .267 (8-for-30) with a .459 on-base percentage as a result of nine walks. Over his last four, he is hitting .333 (4-for-12) with three RBI and five walks.

His play of late makes his .186 season average look very misleading, as his solid defense and ability to get on base has served as a valuable virtue for the Gators down the stretch. Florida was the No. 2 overall seed entering the 2011 NCAA Tournament.

Super Regional play begins on Friday, June 10.

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