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this can be a turning point for this program, senior outfielder Avery Barnes said. from now on we can be expecting to host Regionals here in Gainesville. The Gators had a couple of lean seasons following the 2005 World Series appearance, missing the postseason in 2006 and 2007, and were swept out of the regional playoffs quickly in 2008.

As good a season as the Gators have had this year they overcame a 9 7 start to finish 39 20 and win the SEC East the players were certainly surprised Monday to earn one of the eight national seeds.

were awfully excited. I don think they knew it was coming, manager Kevin O said. did not know we would be a top 8 national seed, but I think with our challenging schedule and the way we improved throughout the year had a lot to do with it. to the next round, though, won be easy. The selection committee paired the Gators with three familiar foes No. 2 seed Miami (36 20), No. 3 Jacksonville (36 20) and No. 4 Bethune Cookman (32 26).

Obviously, the matchup everyone wants to see is Florida vs. Miami on Saturday in the winner bracket. The Canes will be making their record 37th consecutive trip to the regional tournament, and swept the Gators in a chippy three game series this February in Gainesville.

Florida and Miami last met in the postseason at the 2004 Coral Gables Super Regional, won by the Canes in two games.

a rivalry game. Every time when it a Florida/Miami matchup it going be extremely fiery game with a lot of emotion, Barnes said. Bethune comes in first. For us to even get that opportunity with Miami we have to take care of them first. of the teams played each other this season, except Jacksonville never faced Miami. Here are the head to head records:

Florida 0 3 against Miami, 1 0 against BCC, 1 0 against Jacksonville

Miami 3 0 against Florida,
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1 2 against BCC, 0 0 against Jacksonville

Jacksonville 3 0 against BCC, 0 1 against Florida, 0 0 against Miami

BCC 2 1 against Miami, 0 3 against Jacksonville, 0 1 against Florida

While O would not name senior ace Stephen Locke the starter for Friday game, the Gators are expecting to face BCC ace Hiram Burgos, who was 6 3 with a 3.73 ERA and 88 strikeouts in 72.1 innings this spring and was the MEAC Conference Pitcher of the Year in 2008.

The Gators are 3 0 against Bethune Cookman in NCAA play, most recently defeating the Wildcats at the 2003 Coral Gables Regional.

told our team, we not worrying about Saturday or Sunday, we worrying about our game Friday night, O said. obviously have a really good No. 1 pitcher, and they proved that they could go on the road and play with some of the best teams in the country. YOU WANTED TO KNOW ABOUT THE GATORS AND THE NCAA BASEBALL TOURNAMENT

The Gainesville Regional winner will face the winner of the Atlanta Regional in a Super Regional series next weekend. The eight Super Regional winners advance to the College World Series in Omaha, Neb.

UF is 64 51 (.557) all time in NCAA Tournament action and has reached the CWS five times: 1988, 1991, 1996,
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1998 and 2005. No. 2 Miami (Fla.) (36 20) vs. No. No. 1 FLORIDA (39 20) vs. No. Loser Game 1 vs. Winner Game 1 vs. Winner Game 2