Gators earn No. 1 overall national seed in NCAA baseball tournament
The Florida baseball team earned the top national seed for the 2012 NCAA Baseball Tournament, which begins on Friday at McKethan Stadium in Gainesville. This will be the Gators' 28th Regional appearance, and fifth consecutive under head coach Kevin O’Sullivan.
This is the fourth-consecutive year that UF has been a national seed (No. 8 in 2009, No. 3 in 2010 and No. 2 in 2011).
The top-seeded Gators (42-18) will play No. 4 seed Bethune-Cookman (34-25) at 7 p.m. on Friday. Second-seeded Georgia Tech (36-24) will play third-seeded College of Charleston (37-20) in the opening game at 1 p.m.
“Obviously, this is a great time of the year for everybody,” O’Sullivan said. “We’re excited to be in it. We’re excited to be home. Obviously, we’re going to have to play well if we want to advance. Our only concern right now is on Bethune (Cookman) and hopefully we have a great week of practice. I like this team going forward, but it’s one game at a time and we’re going to have to play well. Our regional is a tough one and we’ll just worry about one game at a time.”
The entire NCAA Gainesville Regional can be seen on ESPN3.