MIAMI, FL, Sporting Alert – Top-ranked Florida heads the list of teams which qualified for the 2016 NCAA DI Super Regionals this weekend.
The Gators (50-13) will play host to state rivals Florida State (40-20) in a best-of-three NCAA Super Regional series at Alfred A. McKethan Stadium in Gainesville, starting on Saturday.
Florida advanced to the super regionals after getting past Georgia Tech, UConn and Bethune-Cookman to win the Gainesville Regional last week, while the Seminole topped Alabama State, South Alabama and Southern Mississippi in the Tallahassee Regional.
Florida will be the favourites to advance from this series and head to Omaha, but Gators head coach Kevin O’Sullivan is bracing for a challenging series.
“We’ve got some work to do this week,” O’Sullivan said last week. “Obviously our ultimate goal is to get to Omaha and win a national championship.
“We’ve got Florida State coming in [this] weekend who’s obviously playing very well right now. But in the same token, we’re playing at home, and we’re looking forward to [this] weekend.
Game 1 in the series is set for Saturday at 6 p.m. on ESPN2, with Game 2 slated for the same channel and the same time on Sunday, with Monday reserved for a third game if necessary.
No. 2 Louisville (50-12) will battle with surprised Nashville Regional champion UC Santa Barbara (40-18-1) in the Louisville Super Regional at Jim Patterson Stadium.
No. 3 Miami (FL) (48-11) and Boston College (34-20) will clash at the Coral Gables Super Regionals at the Mark Light Field, starting on Friday, with TCU (45-15) taking on No. 4 Texas A&M (48-14) at the College Station Super Regionals and East Carolina (37-21-1) traveling to No. 5 Texas Tech (45-17) at the Lubbock Super Regionals on the same evening.
Miami (FL), Florida, South Carolina, Texas A&M, Texas Tech, LSU, Mississippi State and Louisville are the eight teams hosting the NCAA Super Regionals this year.