Florida Gators to host NCAA baseball regional
Florida will be one of 16 NCAA Baseball regional host sites, the NCAA announced on Sunday.
Four teams will compete at McKethan Stadium in a double-elimination tournament starting on Friday, June 1. The winner will advance to the best-of-three Super Regional to be held the following weekend at eight different sites.
The Gators will learn their opponent, and the other teams that will compete in its regional when the 64-team field for the NCAA Tournament is announced live on ESPNU, Monday at noon.
“We’re extremely happy about hosting games in Gainesville,” UF 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.”
No. 2 Florida (42-18) advanced to the semifinals of the SEC Tournament for the third year in a row after tying for third in the league’s regular-season standings. The Gators have been among the top-five teams in the national polls all season.
UF will be hosting an NCAA Regional for the fourth consecutive year. Last season, the Gators advanced to the College World Series, where they finished as national runner-up to South Carolina.
The other 15 schools chosen as host sites include: Arizona, Baylor, Florida State, LSU, Miami, North Carolina, North Carolina State, Oregon, Purdue, Rice, South Carolina, Stanford, Texas A&M, UCLA and Virginia.
TURGEON ALL-TOURNEY: Palm Harbor freshman Casey Turgeon was among three Gators named to the SEC All-Tournament team. Junior pitcher/DH Brian Johnson and freshman OF Justin Shafer were also chosen for the All-Tournament team.