The Florida Gators are ready to hit the diamond for some epic matchups with the top teams in college baseball. Gainesville, Florida the home of the Florida Gators baseball team, really comes to life in the spring when the college baseball season gets underway and there is no place in the country any big time NCAA baseball fan would rather be. Florida has a long and storied baseball history which seems to be at the highest point in the history of the university after making it to the NCAA Tournament the past eight years in a row. Last season they again made it to the NCAA Tournament and you can be sure that the Gators are eager to make it back to the College World Series and this time emerge as National Champions. Florida always has a difficult schedule, competing in the stacked SEC, but the team is always talented enough to finish at or near the top of the SEC standings. This year the Gators return several important players who have helped the team emerge as national title contenders in recent years so this should be an incredible season in Gainesville.
Last year the Gators were able to win the Gainesville Super Regional in the NCAA Tournament to reach the College World Series for the eighth consecutive season. The Gators defeated the Florida State Seminoles, scoring more than 20 runs combined in the two games. It was extra sweet to take down an in-state rival as well. The team then headed to the College World Series, where they were pitted against another in-state rival in the Miami Hurricanes. The Gators were dominant, seeing an offensive explosion that netted 15 runs, allowing them to advance to the second round of the CWS. There they would meet the Virginia Cavaliers, and this game turned out to be quite the pitching duel. UVA outdid Florida by a 1-0 score, sending the Gators to play Miami again. The Gators again bested the Hurricanes, advancing to the CWS Semifinals. It was there that they would meet the Cavaliers yet again. Florida would win the first game of the series in convincing fashion, but a loss in the second matchup and a tiebreak ended the Gators' run. They came within one win of making to the National Championship Game, and they are back and determined to change that this season.
The Gators have some huge matchups on the docket in 2016, and the fans are eager to see how they fare against the best teams in the SEC. The Gators will match up with the Georgia Bulldogs this April for what should be an amazing league clash. The Bulldogs always have some top hitters, so the Gators are going to have to get some good pitching from their staff. Another tough matchup will come when the Gators host the South Carolina Gamecocks. South Carolina has some serious talent in 2016, and the Gators would love to show that they're a top team again by beating this SEC foe. The schedule has plenty of other games on the docket this season, so be sure to check it out in full.
About the Team
Now that they are once again firmly established as one of the best teams in both the SEC and the country the Florida Gators have to be ready to take the best shot from every team they face. With all of their success has also come some heartbreak as the Gators have been so close to a National Championship they can taste it only to come up short. This season the team will once again be using that disappointment as motivation and have put in extra work in the off season to make sure they are ready. Florida has major rivalries in the SEC with both Alabama and Georgia who they face every year in battles for dominance in the conference.
The chance to see a collegiate baseball game live and in person is never one to miss out on. The Gators always have some of the top players in the SEC, and they are ready to showcase their skills for the fans to enjoy this season.
Florida Gators Baseball Fans
Baseball fans love to get out to the ballpark to see their favorite team in action, and that certainly includes the Florida Gators supporters. You can join the crowd in the stands this season, so be sure to get your tickets.
The Florida Gators have been in the NCAA Tournament 30 times, and to the College World Series 8 times, including twice finishing as the College World Series runners-up. The Gators are still on a quest to win their first ever College World Series but it appears that they could have a real shot at accomplishing that goal in 2016.
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