Gators Get NCAA Host Spot

To virtually no one's surprise the Gator baseball team was chosen as one of 16 to host NCAA Tournament action next week. Florida will be hosting for the second year in a row and the ninth time in school history. Florida has made it to the NCAA Tournament all three years under Coach Kevin O'Sullivan.

Florida is one of four SEC teams chosen to host this year. South Carolina, Arkansas and Auburn will also have the advantage of playing at home. Defending NCAA Champion LSU, despite a strong showing in the SEC Tournament will be on the road to start tournament play.

The Miami Hurricanes will also get to host as will ACC teams Georgia Tech and Virginia. That means Florida State will be on the road, most likely to an SEC site with Auburn a strong possibility.

The other regional hosts for this year's event are Texas, TCU, Louisville, UCLA, Arizona State, Cal State Fullerton, Coastal Carolina, Oklahoma, Louisville and Connecticut.

The full NCAA field as well as the top eight national seeds will be announced at 12:30 Monday afternoon. The top eight seeds are pre-determined to host Super Regional play should they advance. Florida is expected to get one of those spots as well.


The Gators will enter the tournament with a 42-15 record including 16 wins in their last 20 games. The Gators reached the Super Regionals last year before dropping consecutive games to Southern Miss.


Florida coach Kevin O'Sullivan commented on getting the host slot in a news release from the UAA.

"We're extremely happy about hosting games in Gainesville," head coach Kevin O'Sullivan said. "It is great news for the program, our players, the University and the fans and we appreciate the support."

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