Baseball Announces Television Schedule

<b>Gainesville, FL</b> - The University of Florida baseball program and head coach Pat McMahon released its 2003 spring schedule along with 12 games that will be televised.

The 2003 home slate features 39 home games including five SEC three-game series against Alabama (March 21-23), Tennessee (March 28-30), South Carolina (April 11-13), Mississippi State (April 25-27) and Kentucky (May 16-18). The Gators will also host in-state rivals Miami (Feb. 14-16) and Florida State (March 9).

In addition, the Gators will stay home the entire month of February as they begin the season with 16 straight contests at McKethan Stadium. The Gators will open their 2003 season at home with a three-game weekend series against Mercer on Friday, February 7.

For their first road affair of the season Florida will head to Florida State for a pair of games (March 7-8). For its 15 SEC road games, Florida will travel to LSU (March 14-16), Vanderbilt (April 4-6), Georgia (April 18-20), Auburn (May 2-4) and Ole Miss (May 9-11). The Gators will not play Arkansas this year.

Each year, Florida plays one of the toughest schedules in college baseball. Last year, the Southeastern Conference put seven teams in NCAA Regional play while nine schools from the state of Florida advanced to the playoffs. This year, Florida will play 24 of its 56 games against 10 schools that advanced to the NCAA Tournament (Bethune-Cookman, Miami, Florida State, South Carolina, Auburn, Alabama, Georgia, LSU, Stetson, South Florida).

Additionally, Gators will also play against eight teams that have been ranked in the Top-40 in the Collegiate Baseball Preseason Poll.

The Sunshine Network also released its television schedule with 10 games to be televised during the season. Two other Florida games are SEC Games of the Week and will also appear on the network. The first television game of the season will take place March 22 as the Gators host Alabama at 4 p.m. The final game of that series March 23 will also be televised at 1 p.m. The television schedule features two games at Georgia (April 18-19), at Auburn (May 3-4) and at home against Tennessee (March 29-30) and Kentucky (May 16, 18). Additionally, single games will be televised against Mississippi State (April 26) and at Ole Miss (May 9)

Florida will host its annual Gator Alumni Baseball Game on January 26 at McKethan Stadium. Season ticket information is available by calling the Gator ticket office at 1-800-34-GoUF.

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