13-seed Gators to host NCAA baseball regional

On Friday the 13-seed Florida Gators will host NCAA Baseball Tournament action at Condron Family Park for the second straight season. 

The Gators made the tournament thanks to a late-season surge that saw them win 16 of their last 21 games, including a 13-5 mark in SEC play. Florida lost to top-ranked Tennessee on Sunday, 8-5, in the SEC tournament title game. 

The Gators will need to leverage their recent hot streak and home field advantage to survive the stiff competition headed to Gainesville. Florida will open regional play against No. 4 seed Central Michigan on Friday, following a matchup between No. 2 seed Oklahoma and No. 3 seed Liberty. 

The team that emerges victorious will advance to Super Regionals with a trip to the College World Series on the line. 

Florida’s participation in the 64-team tournament marks the 37th appearance in program history.

Complete schedule for the 2022 NCAA Gainesville Regional:

Friday, June 3

Game One: Liberty vs. Oklahoma, 1 p.m. (ESPN+)

Game Two: Central Michigan vs. Florida, 6:30 p.m. (ESPN+)

Saturday, June 4

Game Three: Liberty/Oklahoma Loser vs. Central Michigan/Florida Loser, 1 p.m.

Game Four: Liberty/Oklahoma Winner vs. Central Michigan/Florida Winner, 7 p.m.

Sunday, June 5

Game Five: Loser Game Four vs. Winner Game Three, 1 p.m.

Game Six: Winner Game Four vs. Winner Game Five, 7 p.m.

Monday, June 6

Game Seven (if necessary): Winner Game Six vs. Loser Game Six, 1 p.m.

The Gator softball team (48-17) traveled a similar path en route to punching its ticket to the Women’s College World Series on Sunday. The No. 14 seed women trounced No. 3 seed Virginia Tech (46-10), 12-0, to earn its 11th World Series appearance in program history. 

The Florida women will open play Thursday at 7 p.m. against Oregon State in Oklahoma City. The game will be televised by ESPN.

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