Huge Series Win for the Gators

If the Florida Gator baseball team makes it to the NCAA Tournament they will look back on this weekend as the key to making it happen. Kevin O'Sullivan's first year squad took a very major step forward with consecutive wins over No. 5-ranked Georgia in front of crowds of 3,000-plus at McKethan Stadium.

Florida got outstanding pitching performances from Stephen Locke on Saturday and Patrick Keating Sunday to post a pair of 7-2 decisions over the Bulldogs. The wins stopped a Gator slump that had seen the team lose seven of their previous ten SEC games. With the wins the Gators improved to 27-16 on the year, 12-9 in the SEC. That record is good for second place in the SEC East with three weekends to go in the season.

SEC EAST

Georgia 15-5-1
Florida 12-9
Vandy 11-9
Tennessee 11-10
Kentucky 11-10
S. Carolina 11-10

It's remarkable that every SEC East team is above the .500 mark in conference play while five of six teams out west are below .500.

The Gators will play a pair of midweek games before heading to Columbia to face South Carolina next weekend. History indicates a .500 SEC record would assure Florida is a return to the NCAA Tournament, but that this point going 3-6 down the stretch would be a significant disappointment. If the Gators can take care of their four remaining midweek games and take five of their final nine in SEC play the Gators would have a 36-20 record heading into the conference tournament. If that happens, there will be no question about NCAA play.

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