Florida is #1 overall seed to host NCAA Regional

The Florida Gators Baseball Team will host a Gainesville Regional this weekend. The Regional will start Friday June 3 and could last until Monday June 6. The Gators are the No. 1 seed for the entire tournament and if they win the weekend will host the Super Regional the following weekend.

Bethune-Cookman (29-25), UConn (37-23), and Georgia Tech (36-23) are the other four teams in the four-team bracket that will make up the Gainesville Regional.

Florida (47-13) was named the overall No. 1 see for the NCAA Baseball Tournament even without winning the Southeastern Conference regular season title, the SEC Tournament title or even winning the Eastern Division. But, a terrific non-conference schedule and wins that featured many of the other teams that will appear in the tournament and host Regionals kept the Gators ranked number one for most of the season.

Florida will start with facing Bethune Cookman who is the tournament by virtue of winning the MEAC Conference Tournament over this past weekend.  The two teams matched up on May 3, when Florida won 7-1 in Gainesville. The Wildcats swept through the MEAC Tournament in four games and scored double digits in 10-0 and 14-4 wins to start the tournament. The Wildcats beat UCF and USF this season.

Georgia Tech comes into Gainesville as the #2 seed in the bracket. In and out of the Top 25 to close the season they went 1-3 in the ACC Tournament and were eliminated in a 5-0 loss to North Carolina. They enter the regional having lost four of their last five games and a 13-16 ACC record in the regular season. They do have three mid-season wins over National Seeds Miami and Clemson.

The Yellow Jackets will open up against bracket #3 seed UConn. The Huskies enter the tournament as the AAC Tournament Champions and after going 14-9 in conference play. The Huskies are an impressive 13-1 in their last 14 games and spent 12 days in the last two weeks beating USF in all three games on the road and winning four of five in the AAC Tournament in Clearwater.

While Florida is the favorite in their Regional, the other favorite they would be matched with in a Super Regional is Florida State. The Seminoles (37-20) are hosting a Regional in Tallahassee and will start by playing Alabama State (38-15) with chances to play against Southern Miss (40-18) and South Alabama (40-20).


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