CCA Alumni Makes UF History
Making baseball history at the University of Florida, CCA alumni Taylor Gushue has gained popularity through his talents and character. Gushue was one of the three freshmen at UF to play in their first game of the season. He started as the DH (designated hitter) and was sixth in the batting line up. In the second inning Gushue hit a fastball down the middle, out of the park, making a solo home run for his team. “I just put a good swing on it, and it let in” said Gushue when interviewed by Fox Sports. Gushue made Gator history by becoming the first player to make a home run on his first bat since 2008. In his second game against Cal State Fullerton Gushue batted 5th and after 2 strikes he hit a triple that ripped down the right field foul line and let in two runs.
Recently in Florida’s game against UM, Gushue had another chance to shine. During the 4th inning Gushue hit a solo shot to the right field tying the score 3 to 3. Later on after Miami got up by two more hits, Gushue hit a three run homer putting his team in the lead 5 to 3. Florida then finished it off winning the game 13 to 5.
Gushue was nominated for SEC (Southeastern Conference) freshman of the week in baseball, been on the cover of the local Gator Newspaper, on Fox Sports television and has…yes, even given his autograph! Not only has Gushue gained popularity by his abilities, but by his virtue. Sophomore Jessie Gushue (Taylor’s sister) said, “I’m so proud of how Taylor is handling himself spiritually, people can already see that he is a godly guy.”
Already nicknamed the “Tim Tebow of baseball,” Gushue has also become known for his Christian character and godly influence on his team.