Gators expect tough outing against Bethune-Cookman and pitcher Rayan Gonzalez in NCAA opener
Florida will meet a familiar opponent when the Gators begin play in the NCAA Baseball Gainesville Regional on Friday.
Florida, which is the No. 1 overall seed in the NCAA Tournament, will play Bethune-Cookman at 7 p.m. at McKethan Stadium on the UF campus.
Florida defeated the Wildcats in both regular-season meetings - 8-6 on Feb. 21 and 10-1 on April 25. The Gators are 27-0 all-time against B-CU.
In the 2009 Gainesville Regional, it took a walk-off single by Teddy Foster to keep the Gators' win streak alive, giving Florida an 8-7 win in that game.
BC-U is expected to start pitcher MEAC Pitcher of the Year Rayan Gonzalez (9-1, 1.96 ERA, 87 1/3 IP, 74 H, 17 BB, 79 SO), which UF coach Kevin O'Sullivan said will make earning a victory no easy task.
Earlier today, O'Sullivan talked about what makes Gonzalez so good, and what he expects from the Gators this weekend: