Gators earn No. 3 seed in NCAA Baseball Tournament
Aided by the No. 2 strength of schedule in the nation, the Florida baseball team today was awarded the No. 3 seed in the NCAA Baseball Tournament in the Bloomington (Ind.) Regional, despite a season of struggles.
"I don’t know if we’re relieved, but I think we’re awfully excited," UF coach Kevin O'Sullivan said. "It gives us a chance to get in the postseason for the sixth straight year and this team has worked awfully hard. We’ve had our ups, we’ve had our downs, but it’s a new season and they’re awfully excited to play (this) weekend."
The Gators (29-28) will play No. 2 seed Austin Peay (45-13) Friday at 1 p.m. The game can be seen on ESPN3. Top-seeded Indiana (43-14) will play fourth-seeded Valparaiso (31-26) at 7 p.m.
This is Florida’s sixth consecutive NCAA appearance under O’Sullivan – the first time in school history a coach has accomplished that feat.
The Bloomington Regional winner will face the winner of the Tallahassee Regional in a Super Regional series next weekend.
“What we’re trying to do is build a program here and develop some consistency,” O’Sullivan said. “This is an important year for us to get in. It wasn’t the greatest season, but I’m as proud of this team as I am with any team that we’ve had here. It’s been documented we’ve had some ups and downs, but they’ve grinded through it, and they got to this point. So I’m looking forward to seeing this team compete this weekend.”