Florida Gators baseball gets No. 2 seed in NCAA Tournament, will host Gainesville Regional

Florida Gators baseball was awarded the No. 2 overall seed in the 2014 NCAA Tournament on Monday, entering the postseason event for the seventh-straight year, but will be faced with a tough road if it wants to advance to the College World Series for the fourth time in five seasons.

The top seed in the self-hosted Gainesville Regional, Florida (40-21) will open play Friday at 7 p.m. against four-seed College of Charleston (41-17). Two-seed Long Beach State (32=24) and three-seed North Carolina (34-25) meet at 1 p.m. in the opening game of the double-elimination regional.

Every game of the Gainesville Regional will air live on ESPN3.com with action continuing through Sunday or Monday (if necessary).

The winner will take on the victor out of the Coral Gables Regional, which features Miami, Texas Tech, Columbia and Bethune-Cookman. If the Gators win, they will host a Super Regional at McKethan Stadium in Gainesville, Florida.

Consensus among experts analyzing Florida’s regional is that UF has an exceptionally difficult field considering it is the second seed in the nation, especially with College of Charleston in as the lowest seed in the bracket. According to Baseball America‘s Aaron Fit, tournament committee chairman Dennis Farrell explained on a conference call held after the bracket’s release that College of Charleston was placed in Gainesville and Bethune-Cookman assigned to Coral Gables due solely to driving distance.

The Gators are making their 30th all-time appearance in regional play but still looking for their first-ever national championship. Florida has reached the College World Series eight times and played for the national title twice (2005, 2011).

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5 Responses to “Florida Gators baseball gets No. 2 seed in NCAA Tournament, will host Gainesville Regional”

  1. Danny says:

    Talk about a scewjob

  2. Ken (CA) says:

    I was wondering why BC was there, I thought that was unbelievable that 3 teams with losing records in the tourney and the #2 overall seed has a 4 seed that is a 40 game winner

  3. uf_84 says:

    This team has proven they can beat anyone and they have also proven they can lose to anyone. I doubt who we have to play makes much difference for this group of Jeckyl and Hyde Gators. Hopefully having tougher teams to play will help them stay focused.

  4. Dave Massey says:

    Driving distance? BCC is a two hour drive max from G’ville. Does it really matter how far a school from North Caraolina has to drive in different parts of Florida? Tell me you love me NCAA, that’s a lie I can believe!

  5. Dave Massey says:

    I’m calling BS on the selection committee. I am willing to contribute 5 dollars to their bribery fund next year to get a better setup, that is the only reason I can come up with for believing that garbage, lots of money in South Florida, just sayin’.

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