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The Gators begin the Road to Omaha on Friday night against the College of Charleston.

Thursday May 29, 2014Florida Baseball To Open NCAA Gainesville Regional Against the College of Charleston

Gainesville, Fla.

The Gators begin the Road to Omaha on Friday night against the College of Charleston.

No. 8 Florida (40-21) will begin its 30th NCAA Tournament appearance beginning Friday night at McKethan Stadium against CAA Tournament Champion College of Charleston (41-17).

 

The Gators drew the top seed at the double-elimination event and will meet the fourth-seeded Cougars at 7 p.m. on the first day of action. Second-seeded Long Beach State (32-24) of the Big West Conference will tangle with third-seeded North Carolina (34-25) from the Atlantic Coast Conference in the opening game at 1 p.m.

 

The game can be heard on the Gator IMG Sports Network with Jeff Cardozo and Mick Hubert and on WatchESPN with Trey Bender and Rusty Ensor.

 

Live stats for each game will be available on GatorZone.com and fans can also follow updates of each game on @GatorZoneBB, the official Twitter account of the Gator baseball team.

 

QUICK HITS ABOUT THE GATORS

·         Florida has made the NCAA Tournament in all seven years of Kevin O'Sullivan's tenure, the longest NCAA run in school history.

·         The Gators have been a national seed in five of the past six seasons (No. 8 in 2009, No. 3 in 2010, No. 2 in 2011, No. 1 in 2012, No. 2 in 2014).

·         In its 29 previous Regional appearances, UF had been placed at sites within Florida 22 times (Gainesville-11, Coral Gables-7, Tallahassee-4).

·         All 64 teams preparing for NCAA Regionals have the same destination in mind: TD Ameritrade Park Omaha in Omaha, Neb., for the College World Series. The Gators have reached the “Promised Land” eight times - 1988, 1991, 1996, 1998, 2005, 2010, 2011 and 2012.

·         Florida claimed the SEC Championship with a 21-9 (.700) record, the program’s third league title in the last five years (2010-11-14).

·         The Gators won the program’s 13th SEC title, first since 2011, and emerged on top of the East for their league-best 22nd divisional crown.

·         UF has played the toughest schedule in the nation, as its opponents have a combined record of 2,048-1,248 (.621) entering NCAA action.

·         The Orange and Blue was the runner-up at the 2014 SEC Tournament. After dropping its opener to Kentucky, UF captured three elimination games in a row over South Carolina, Mississippi State and Kentucky before falling to LSU in the final, 2-0.

·         O’Sullivan was voted as the SEC Coach of the Year for the second time, while RHP Logan Shore was tabbed as the SEC Freshman of the Year.

·         Also a first-team All-SEC pick, Shore is 7-3 with a 1.99 ERA in 15 appearances, making 14 starts, and has struck out 62 batters in 90.2 innings. The righty was 7-1 with a 2.08 ERA in league play, tying for the lead in conference wins.

·         Junior Taylor Gushue (.323, 49 RBI, 6 HR) became the third Gator catcher since 1991 to earn first-team All-SEC recognition (Mario Linares, 1991; Mike Zunino, 2011-12).

·         Sophomore OF Harrison Bader, a second-team All-SEC pick, is hitting a team-best .333 after going a blistering 10-for-19 (.526) in five games at the SEC Tourney.

·         Peter Alonso (first base) and John Sternagel (third base) joined Shore on the SEC All-Freshman Team, as the Gators had the most selections.

·         Florida is 16-6 (.727) in one-run games this season, the most wins in the nation in that category.

·         UF is 7-2 (.778) in extra innings and the most recent was a 6-5 triumph in 11 innings over Tennessee on May 15 in Knoxville.

·         The Gators have established a single-season school record with 20 saves, surpassing the mark of 18 set in 1991, 2010 and 2012. Remarkably, eight different hurlers have recorded a save, with junior RHP Ryan Harris (3-2, 3.00) leading the way with five.

·         Florida is 16-9 (.640) against ranked opponents this season, the most top-25 wins in the SEC.

 

NCAA Gainesville Regional Ticket Information

Current baseball season-ticket holders will have until Tuesday, May 27, at 5 p.m. to re-claim their current season tickets for the tournament. For current season-ticket holders to claim their seats for the tournament, visit www.GatorZone.com/tickets and click on “Manage My Account.” Use your account ID and password to log in. If you do not know your password, click on the “Forgot Password” button and it will be sent to the e-mail address on file. Once in the account, select “View/Pay 2014 NCAA Baseball Regional Invoice” and follow the steps through the checkout process.

 

Beginning Wednesday, May 28, at 8:30 a.m., all fans can order tickets using the following methods:

·         Order online at www.GatorZone.com/tickets, starting Wednesday, May 28, at 8:30 a.m.

·         Order by calling one of the Ticket Office Specialists at (352) 375-4683, ext. 6800, or toll free (800) 344-2867, ext. 6800, Wednesday through Friday, 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m.

·         Order by visiting the Gator Ticket Office, located at Gate 1 of Ben Hill Griffin Stadium, Wednesday through Friday, 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m.

 

Single-game tickets will be sold beginning on Thursday, May 29, and the first 250 University of Florida students will be admitted free to each game.

 

Ticket prices are the following:

Regional Books

 

Tournament Reserved Box              

$55

Tournament Reserved Chairback   

$50

Tournament Reserved Bleacher     

$30

 

 

Single-Game Tickets:

 

Single-Game Reserved Box            

$10

Single-Game Reserved Chairback

$9

Single-Game Reserved Bleacher

$8

Single-Game General Admission   

$6

 

 

 

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