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Crawford is Gators' self-made ace

Updated: February 14, 2013, 1:42 PM ET
By Teddy Mitrosilis | ESPN.com

Before Jonathon Crawford emerges on the McKethan Stadium mound shortly after 7 p.m. Friday, you must understand: Nothing about this was preordained.

The junior right-hander is the Florida Gators' ace, and he will throw the first pitch of 2013 against Duke, and that itself is victory No. 1 of the new season.

Look around the nation's mounds on Friday. Take a good, long stare at the names. You'll see Highly touted and Blue-chipper and Coveted. Those are all the ...

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