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"This is something that I have handled as well as I could have handled." Kevin Fagan said the three players would not be returning to the school. Sami Fagan was Florida's top hitter (.378), and Coyle had hit 10 home runs and drove in 34 runs. Kasey Fagan was hitting .262. Katie Medina replaced Coyle at shortstop and went 0-for-2 and committed an error Friday. Briana Little replaced Katie Fagan in the outfield and went 1-for-3, and Sam Holle went 0-for-2 at third base for Sami Fagan.
"I would be crazy to say that (the suspensions) didn't affect the team," Walton said. " I think that losing any teammate is a distraction. Any time you work that hard with so many different people for that long of a time, obviously you have a special fondness to them. You appreciate them and know that they have done a lot. "Any type of departure of any member of this team that no longer appears on the lineup is a distraction." School officials said there would be no further comment on the situation. The Gators (39-18) play Central Florida at 3:30 p.m. ET Saturday in an elimination game. Florida has appeared in the Women's College World Series four straight seasons.