Could it be Déjà Vu All Over Again?

"It was twenty years ago today. Sergeant Pepper taught the band to play." So begins one of the greatest albums in Rock and Roll history. Well the Florida Gator baseball team has to hope that those lines go hand in hand with history as they head to Tallahassee for the NCAA Baseball Regional Tournament.

It was in 1988 when Florida first won a regional and advanced to the College World Series. Now they head back again hoping to advance.

The Gators will face Tulane in the opening game of the event. Ironically, Tulane was also part of the field in Tallahassee 20 years ago and the Gators had to beat the Green Wave 9-5 to stay alive. The host Florida State Seminoles will face Bucknell in the other first day matchup. Florida players and cead coach Kevin O'Sullivan have nothing but good things to say about the draw.

O'Sullivan: "Well it makes sense. You know they're trying to regionalize things and I figured if we weren't going to host at home then we'd probably be a two-seed somewhere. It makes sense to send us to Tallahassee, but we're excited about being in the field and give it our best crack."

Senior Infielder Brandon McArthur: "We're excited, one way or the other. It's been three years since we had a chance to go back to a regional so we're excited no matter what. No one expected us to finish where we finished. Obviously this is going to be a great environment. They always draw a great crowd. It's going to be a battle but we're going to be ready."

Junior Pitcher Patrick Keating: "We haven't been back in a couple of years and I think it's going to be a good regional. We have one of our big rivals in Florida State, so that's going to be exciting. We're playing a good team in Tulane and they have one of the top starters (pitcher) who is supposed to be pretty good."

Junior Outfielder Avery Barnes: "We're excited to get the opportunity to get to play this year, and we're going to go out and play hard in our first game against Tulane. It's always exciting when you're pout up against Florida State."

Sophomore Shortstop and Tallahassee native Cole Figueroa: "I think everybody is excited. We got a good regional bid with a lot of good teams. Everybody is excited to play Tulane and get things going. This is the first regional I've been to, so I'm really excited."

The SEC was well respected by the NCAA selection committee which placed nine conference teams into the field of 64. Georgia and LSU are No. 1 seeds. Florida, South Carolina and Vanderbilt are two seeds while Arkansas, Alabama, Ole Miss and Kentucky got No. 3 slots.

Tomorrow, we'll look at which SEC teams might have gotten the best and worst draws.

Questions or comments? Contact's Larry Vettel

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