Gators baseball earns No. 1 overall seed in NCAA Tournament

Arnold Nichols
May 29, 2018

Almost 30 minutes into Monday morning's NCAA tournament selection show, television coverage finally shifted to the Corvallis Regional. We go out every day and try and prepare to win the last game of the year.

The Trojans (41-18) will face No. 2 seed Duke (40-15) in a first-round game at 1 p.m. Friday.

The Florida State Seminoles defeated the Louisville Cardinals, 11-8, in 10 innings Sunday in Durham, North Carolina, to claim the ACC tournament championship. They're going to be an awfully tough test. Singer and Mize are both projected as top-five overall picks in next week's Major League Baseball amateur draft.

Texas A&M was one of 10 SEC schools to make the NCAA field, tying the record for the most from one conference. He also hoped for one of the top eight national seed.

Lee also said he wasn't surprised at being matched against Florida St. The Seminoles, who hold the No. 7 overall seed, are looking for their first national championship and will host Mississippi State, Oklahoma and Samford. He said this year's committee placed significant emphasis on conference record. "We had a great regular season".

"We always talk about hydrating at this time of year, I don't care if you're playing in Louisville or Omaha", McDonnell said. Regionals are set for Friday through Monday, with eight super regionals scheduled for June 8 through 11 to determine the College World Series field.

As the No. 1 overall seed, Florida - the reigning national champion - also would host a three-team super regional if it prevails in its region (which includes Jacksonville, FSU and Columbia).

FSU and Louisville traded blows all game Sunday before sophomore third baseman Drew Mendoza open broke a tie game with a two-run double in the top of the 10th. In just the third ACC Championship finale to go to extra innings and the first since 2003, Florida State scored the final six runs of the game to clinch the ACC's automatic berth in the 2018 NCAA Championship. The Gators took two of three from Auburn during the regular season, which began with Florida ace Brady Singer outdueling Auburn ace Casey Mize in a 3-1 win. Louisville and Texas Tech split a series at Jim Patterson Stadium in mid-March.

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