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Working in relief isn’t something Tommy Toledo is used to doing. But coming back from injury, Toledo’s return may give a struggling bullpen a shot in the arm.

After a rough weekend at Alabama, the bullpen went seven scoreless innings, led by a scoreless inning from Toledo, as Florida beat Florida Atlantic, 7-3, at McKethan Stadium before 3,147 fans Wednesday evening.

“We’ve been talking about it all year and we need a couple guys to step up,” Florida head coach Kevin O’Sullivan said. “We’ve changed some things and had some guys throwing batting practice if they were struggling to throw strikes. We’ve tried every possible thing that you could think of to try and get these guys going.”

Florida’s pitching depth was a strength coming into this season, and while the Gators still have enough depth to make a postseason run, the middle relief arms need to step up. They allowed 11 runs in 10.2 innings over the weekend in Alabama.

Wednesday night, the Florida bullpen didn’t walk or hit a batter in seven innings. The relievers only allowed three hits and totaled six strikeouts as Florida improved to 34-12. FAU fell to 31-19.

Senior Jeff Barfield, who has struggled of late, pitched four scoreless innings of one-hit ball. But the most important performance was the nine pitches thrown by Toledo, a sophomore right-hander out of Alonso High School in Tampa. Toledo, who sat out last season after shoulder surgery, was hit in the face by a line drive during a game with Charleston Southern on March 14.

Before he could throw his first warmup pitch, emotions overtook Toledo. As he started to jog in from the bullpen, small patches of the crowd began to stand and applaud. When his name was announced over the stadium speakers, the entire crowd gave Toledo a standing ovation.

The two months of painful surgeries and rehabilitation, combined with the frustration of having to get his arm back in shape, now suddenly was worth it.

“That was probably one of the best feelings I’ve ever had here at Florida,” Toledo said. “I wasn’t expecting that at all. I was surprised that I kept throwing pitches for strikes in warmups. I was shaking out there. The fans were amazing.”

Once his nerves settled down, Toledo went one inning, giving up two hits and no runs while striking out one batter. Toledo exited the mound after a strikeout to end his inning of work with more emotion than he has ever shown in his Florida career. The strikeout came on a slider that Florida catcher Mike Zunino called “the best slider I’ve seen him throw all year.” Toledo made a few fist pumps and showed a lot of smiles in the short jog from the pitcher’s mound to the dugout, and it only intensified from there. The Florida team poured out of the dugout with high fives and congratulations for the pitcher who began the season as Florida’s ace.

“They’re the best,” Toledo said. “These guys have been supporting me the whole time. I was just happy that these guys kept staying behind me.”

O’Sullivan said it is still too early to know what Toledo’s role on the team will be. He could earn his way back into the starting rotation, but for now his likely destination seems to be to the bullpen where the Gators could use a consistent right-handed arm. O’Sullivan did compare what Toledo is going through now to a spring training as he needs to continue building up his arm strength to go deep into games.

For a bullpen that has struggled, the boost of energy from Toledo could be exactly what it needs to get on track. The right-hander doesn’t care what his role will be—he is just happy to be back on the mound.

“It’s just obstacles,” Toledo said. “There’s just some things you have to deal with. Baseball is like that, and life is like that also. There’s obstacles you’ve got to get over and it’s just a speed bump in the road.”

O’Sullivan said Toledo was so excited to return, he wanted to make his debut in Tuscaloosa over the weekend in the series against Alabama. The coaches decided it would be best for him to make his season debut at home in a comfortable environment.

“It was a special moment,” O’Sullivan said. “As a coach, you get a little choked up. You know how tough it was for him to get back here. He was chomping at the bit. Obviously, he’ll be a huge part of our success down the stretch. I’m awfully proud of him. He has handled it like a champ. There has never been a day that goes by where he has looked at the past. He has always looked forward to the next day.”

There was plenty to be happy about for the Florida coach.

“Barfield (3-0) was outstanding tonight,” O’Sullivan said. “He sunk the ball, put it on the ground and there wasn’t a lot of deep counts.”

Six of the seven runs the Gators scored came courtesy of home runs. After they scratched one across in the first inning on a Brian Johnson sacrifice fly, freshman Austin Maddox tied the game in the third inning with a two-run home run. The home run was Maddox’s 16th of the year, tying the school record for home runs by a freshman with Jason Dill, who did it in 1998.

Matt den Dekker’s two-run blast in the fifth inning landed in the back window of a car parked behind right field, and it also gave the Gators a 5-3 lead. Two innings later, Nolan Fontana followed with a two-run home run, his first since Feb. 25 against Siena, to give Florida a 7-3 lead.

The scoring for the Owls stopped after their first three batters hit. Raymond Church led off the game by reaching on a fielding error by third baseman Maddox. After Mike Albaladejo walked, Andy Mee hit a three-run home run to center field off Florida starting pitcher Steven Rodriguez.

The Gators outhit the Owls, 8-7. Fontana had a pair of hits.

The Gators will play their final SEC series this weekend against Georgia. The Gators will send sophomore left-hander Alex Panteliodis (8-2, 3.19 ERA) to the mound to face Georgia’s right-handed junior Justin Grimm (2-7, 5.66 ERA). First pitch is set for 8 p.m.

BASEBALL

SOUTHEASTERN CONFERENCE

Eastern Division Conference Overall

(Rank) Team W-L Pct. GB W-L Pct.


(10) South Carolina 17-7 .708 — 38-11 .776

(5) Florida 17-7 .708 — 34-12 .739

(19) Vanderbilt 12-10 .545 4 36-13 .735

Tennessee 11-13 .458 6 28-21 .571

Kentucky 9-15 .375 8 26-23 .531

Georgia 3-19 .136 13 14-33 .298

Western Division Conference Overall

(Rank) Team W-L Pct. GB W-L Pct.


(12) Arkansas 16-8 .667 — 38-11 .776

(16) Mississippi 15-9 .625 1 35-15 .700

(18) Auburn 15-9 .625 1 33-16 .673

(24) Louisiana State 12-12 .500 4 34-15 .694

Alabama 10-14 .417 6 29-20 .592

Mississippi State 5-19 .208 11 21-28 .429

(Rank) Ranking in the GatorCountry.com Top 30

RESULTS

WEDNESDAY / May 12


Florida 7, Florida Atlantic 3

South Carolina 10, Charleston Southern 2

Mississippi 5, Arkansas State 2

Samford 8, Alabama 7

Lipscomb 10, Kentucky 8

Tennessee 12, Middle Tennessee State 7

Mississippi State 8, Northwestern State 5

TUESDAY / May 11

Indiana 18, Kentucky 17 (10)

Georgia 13, Georgia State 9

South Alabama 10, Auburn 9

South Carolina 17, Wofford 4

Vanderbilt 11, Louisville 10 (17)

Arkansas 5, Louisiana Tech 4 (10)

SCHEDULE

FRIDAY / May 14


Georgia at Florida, 8 p.m. (ESPNU)

Louisiana State at Kentucky, 6:30 p.m.

Tennessee at Auburn, 7:30 p.m.

Vanderbilt at Mississippi State, 7:30 p.m.

South Carolina at Arkansas, 7:35 p.m. (Cox)

Mississippi at Alabama, 7:35 p.m.

SATURDAY / May 15

Georgia at Florida, 1 p.m. (CSS)

Louisiana State at Kentucky, 3 p.m. (SUN)

Vanderbilt at Mississippi State, 3 p.m.

South Carolina at Arkansas, 3:05 p.m.

Tennessee at Auburn, 4 p.m.

Mississippi at Alabama, 4:05 p.m. (ESPN2)

SUNDAY / May 16

Georgia at Florida, 1 p.m.

Louisiana State at Kentucky, 1 p.m.

South Carolina at Arkansas, 1:05 p.m. (CSS)

Tennessee at Auburn, 2 p.m.

Vanderbilt at Mississippi State, 2:30 p.m.

Mississippi at Alabama, 3:05 p.m.

RANKINGS

May 10, 2010

GATOR COUNTRY.com TOP 30

The Gator Country.com Top 30 ranking is determined by combining four polls of USA Today / ESPN Coaches, Baseball America, Collegiate Baseball and the National Collegiate Baseball Writers Association:

Rk School Rcd Pts LW

1. Texas (3) 41-8 119 1

2. Virginia (1) 40-9 115 2

3. Arizona State 39-5 114 3

4. Coastal Carolina 41-9 105 4

5. Florida 33-12 103 5

6. Texas Christian 36-10 94 8

7. Florida State 36-12 93 7

8. Georgia Tech 39-9 87 9

9. Louisville 40-8 86 10

10. South Carolina 36-11 84 6

11. Miami, Fla. 36-11 82 11

12. Arkansas 37-11 78 12

13. UCLA 34-10 77 13

14. Cal St. Fullerton 30-14 76 15

15. Oklahoma 35-13 62 16

16. Mississippi 34-15 61 14

17. Virginia Tech 34-15 54 18

18. Auburn 33-15 44 23

19. Vanderbilt 35-13 43 23

19. Connecticut 36-10 43 19

21. Rice 30-17 33 26

21. San Diego 30-16 33 26

23. Clemson 31-17 28 28

24. Louisiana State 34-15 25 20

25. California 27-17 20 22

26. Pittsburgh 34-12 18 29

27. Oregon 30-18 17 17

28. Kansas State 32-15 13 25

29. North Carolina 31-17 11 NR

29. Stanford 35-18 11 NR

Others receiving votes: Arizona 10; UC Irvine 9; Fresno State 6, Southern Mississippi 4, Texas State 2.

USA TODAY/ESPN COACHES

1. Texas (41-8); 2. Arizona State (39-5); 3. Virginia (40-9); 4. Coastal Carolina (41-6); 5. Florida (33-12); 6. Georgia Tech (39-9); 7. Texas Christian (36-10); 8. Florida State (36-12); 9. Louisville (40-8); 10. Arkansas (37-11); 11. UCLA (34-10); 12. (tie) South Carolina (36-11) and Miami, Fla. (36-11); 14. Cal State-Fullerton (30-14); 15. Oklahoma (35-13); 16. Mississippi (34-15); 17. Vanderbilt (35-13); 18. Virginia Tech (34-15); 19. Connecticut (37-10); 20. Louisiana State (34-15); 21. Auburn (33-15); 22. Clemson (31-17); 23. Rice (30-17); 24. Kansas State (32-15); 25. San Diego (30-16).

BASEBALL AMERICA

1. Virginia (40-9); 2. Texas (41-8); 3. Arizona State (39-5); 4. Florida (33-12); 5. Florida State (36-12); 6. Coastal Carolina (41-6); 7. Texas Christian (36-10); 8. South Carolina (36-11); 9. Louisville (40-8); 10. Cal State Fullerton (30-14); 11. UCLA (34-10); 12. Arkansas (37-11); 13. Miami, Fla. (36-11); 14. Mississippi (34-15); 15. Virginia Tech (34-15); 16. Georgia Tech (39-9); 17. Oklahoma (35-13); 18. Auburn (33-15); 19. San Diego (30-16); 20. Connecticut (37-10); 21. Rice (30-17); 22. Oregon (30-18); 23. Vanderbilt (35-13); 24. Pittsburgh (34-12); 25. Stanford (35-18).

COLLEGIATE BASEBALL

1. Texas (41-8); 2. Arizona State (39-5); 3. Virginia (40-9); 4. Coastal Carolina (41-6); 5. Miami, Fla. (36-11); 6. Florida (33-12); 7. South Carolina (36-11); 8. Georgia Tech (39-9); 9. Cal State Fullerton (30-14); 10. Florida State (36-12); 11. Louisville (40-8); 12. Texas Christian (36-10); 13. UCLA (34-10); 14. Arkansas (37-11); 15. Mississippi (34-15); 16. Oklahoma (35-13); 17. San Diego (30-16); 18. Auburn (33-15); 19. California (27-17); 20. Connecticut (37-10); 21. Virginia Tech (34-15); 22. Pittsburgh (34-12); 23. Rice (30-17); 24. Vanderbilt (35-13); 25. Fresno State (30-20); 26. Clemson (31-17); 27. Southern Mississippi (29-17); 28. Kansas State (32-15); 29. Texas State (30-16); 30. UC Irvine (29-16).

NATIONAL COLLEGE BASEBALL WRITERS ASSOCIATION

1. Texas (41-8); 2. Virginia (40-9); 3. Arizona State (39-5); 4. Texas Christian (36-10); 5. Coastal Carolina (41-6); 6. Florida (33-12); 7. Georgia Tech (39-9); 8. Florida State (36-12); 9. Louisville (40-8); 10. Arkansas (37-11); 11. Miami, Fla. (36-11); 12. UCLA (34-10); 13. South Carolina (36-11); 14. Oklahoma (35-13); 15. Cal State Fullerton (30-14); 16. Virginia Tech (34-15); 17. Vanderbilt (35-13); 18. Mississippi (34-15); 19. Clemson (31-17); 20. Louisiana State (34-15); 21. North Carolina (31-17); 22. Connecticut (37-10); 23. Auburn (33-15); 24. Rice (30-17); 25. Arizona (30-16); 26. Stanford (25-18); 27. UC Irvine (29-16); 28. Oregon (30-18); 29. Kansas State (32-15); 30. San Diego (30-16).

NCAA MEN’S BASEBALL RATINGS PERCENTAGE INDEX

May 11, 2010

1. Arizona State (Pac-10); 2. Florida (SEC); 3. Virginia (ACC); 4. Louisville (Big East); 5. Texas (Big 12); 6. Coastal Carolina (Big South); 7. Arkansas (SEC); 8. UCLA (Pac-10); 9. Miami, Fla. (ACC); 10. Cal State Fullerton (Big West); 11. Georgia Tech (ACC); 12. Florida State (ACC); 13. Clemson (ACC); 14. Texas Christian (MWC); 15. Louisiana State (SEC); 16. Vanderbilt (SEC);

17. Auburn (SEC); 18. Alabama (SEC); 19. South Carolina (SEC); 20. Mississippi (SEC); 21. San Diego (West Coast); 22. Kentucky (SEC); 23. Oklahoma (Big 12); 24. Connecticut (Big East); 25. Arizona (Pac-10); 26. Rice (C-USA); 27. Virginia Tech (ACC); 28. North Carolina (ACC); 29. Oregon (Pac-10); 30. California (Pac-10); 31. Oregon State (Pac-10); 32. New Mexico (MWC);

33. Florida Atlantic (Sun Belt); 34. College of Charleston (Southern); 35. Texas State (Southland); 36. Pittsburgh (Big East); 37. Louisiana-Lafayette (Sun Belt); 38. Texas A&M (Big 12); 39. Stanford (Pac-10); 40. Western Kentucky (Sun Belt); 41. Citadel (Southern); 42. Liberty (Big South); 43. Kansas State (Big 12); 44. Texas Tech (Big 12); 45. Tennessee (SEC); 46. Elon (Southern); 47. Washington State (Pac-10); 48. Boston College (ACC);

49. Southeastern Louisiana (Southland); 50. Baylor (Big 12); 51. Florida Gulf Coast (Atlantic Sun); 52. UC Irvine (Big West); 53. Kansas (Big 12); 54. Georgia Southern (Southern); 55. Appalachian State (Southern); 56. Western Carolina (Southern); 57. Washington (Pac-10); 58. Southern Mississippi (C-USA); 59. South Alabama (Sun Belt); 60. Rutgers (Big East); 61. Middle Tennessee (Sun Belt); 62. Southern California (Pac-10); 63. Nebraska (Big 12); 64. Wichita State (Missouri Valley).

RPI BY CONFERENCE

Southeastern: 2. Florida; 7. Arkansas; 15. Louisiana State; 16. Vanderbilt; 17. Auburn; 18. Alabama; 19. South Carolina; 20. Mississippi; 22. Kentucky; 45. Tennessee; 71. Mississippi State; 117. Georgia.

America East: 195. Maine; 197. Binghamton; 228. Stony Brook; 279. Albany (N.Y.); 282. Hartford; 291. UMBC.

Atlantic 10: 100. Charlotte; 177. Rhode Island; 191. Massachusetts; 212. Xavier, Ohio; 223. St. Joseph’s; 224. George Washington; 225. Richmond; 229. Fordham; 235. Saint Louis; 251, St. Bonaventure; 255. Dayton; 264. Temple; 269. Duquesne; 275. La Salle.

Atlantic Coast: 3. Virginia; 9. Miami, Fla.; 11. Georgia Tech; 12. Florida State; 13. Clemson; 27. Virginia Tech; 28. North Carolina; 48. Boston College; 67. North Carolina State; 70. Duke; 140. Maryland; 141. Wake Forest.

Atlantic Sun: 51. Florida Gulf Coast; 99. North Florida; 106. Jacksonville; 115. East Tennessee State; 126. Kennesaw State; 150. Mercer; 154. Stetson; 181. Belmont; 196. Lipscomb; 216. Campbell; 226. South Carolina Upstate.

Big Ten: 69. Michigan; 91. Ohio State; 94. Michigan State; 108. Indiana; 138. Illinois; 149. Penn State; 155. Purdue; 169. Minnesota; 172. Iowa; 194. Northwestern.

Big 12: 5. Texas; 23. Oklahoma; 38. Texas A&M; 43. Kansas State; 44. Texas Tech; 50. Baylor; 53. Kansas; 63. Nebraska; 85. Oklahoma State; 98. Missouri.

Big East: 4. Louisville; 24. Connecticut; 36. Pittsburgh; 60. Rutgers; 84. St. John’s; 96. Villanova; 109. West Virginia; 114. South Florida; 125. Cincinnati; 146. Georgetown; 184. Seton Hall; 205. Notre Dame.

Big South: 6. Coastal Carolina; 42. Liberty; 68. Virginia Military Institute; 83. Radford; 102. High Point; 131. Charleston Southern; 142. Winthrop; 159. Gardner-Webb; 221. UNC Asheville; 261. Presbyterian.

Big West: 10. Cal State Fullerton; 52. UC Irvine; 75. UC Riverside; 79. Long Beach State; 82. Pacific; 123. Cal State Northridge; 161. UC Santa Barbara; 168. UC Davis; 170. Cal Poly.

Colonial: 74. James Madison; 113. George Mason; 122. UNC Wilmington; 139. William & Mary; 162. Georgia State; 164. Virginia Commonwealth; 189. Delaware; 198. Hofstra; 207. Towson; 236. Old Dominion; 243. Northeastern.

Conference USA: 26. Rice; 58. Southern Mississippi; 78. East Carolina; 80. Tulane; 88. Houston; 89. UCF; 103. Marshall; 112. Memphis; 129. UAB.

Horizon: 175. Wright State; 213. Illinois-Chicago; 232. Milwaukee; 267. Youngstown State; 268. Valparaiso; 277. Butler; 284. Cleveland State.

Ivy Group: 127. Dartmouth; 136. Columbia; 185. Cornell; 220. Pennsylvania; 230. Harvard; 237. Brown; 238. Yale; 248. Princeton.

Metro Atlantic: 87. Manhattan; 147. Marist; 152. Canisius; 160. Rider; 192. Siena; 239. Fairfield; 260. Niagara; 271. St. Peter’s; 289. Iona.

Mid-American: 101. Ball State; 128. Bowling Green; 130. Central Michigan; 143. Kent State; 145. Toledo; 163. Miami, Ohio; 193. Eastern Michigan; 208. Northern Illinois; 233. Akron; 234. Buffalo; 247. Ohio; 263. Western Michigan.

Mid-Eastern: 104. Bethune-Cookman; 240. North Carolina A&T; 283. Norfolk State; 290. Coppin State; 292. Delaware State; 294. Florida A&M; 295. Maryland-Eastern Shore.

Missouri Valley: 64. Wichita State; 95. Illinois State; 97. Evansville; 111. Indiana State; 156. Creighton; 176. Missouri Valley; 186. Missouri State; 250. Bradley.

Mountain West: 14. Texas Christian; 32. New Mexico; 93. San Diego State; 118. Brigham Young; 121. UNLV; 165. Utah; 265. Air Force.

Northeast: 201. Bryant; 214. Monmouth; 218. Sacred Heart; 219. Central Connecticut State; 252. Wagner; 266. Mount St. Mary’s; 273. Quinnipiac; 276. Long Island; 287. Fairleigh Dickinson.

Ohio Valley: 119. Jacksonville State; 133. Austin Peay; 153. Murray State; 166. Southeast Missouri State; 178. Eastern Kentucky; 200. Morehead State; 202. Tennessee Tech; 231. UT Martin; 241. Eastern Illinois.

Pacific-10: 1. Arizona State; 8. UCLA; 25. Arizona; 29. Oregon; 30. California; 31. Oregon State; 39. Stanford; 47. Washington State; 57. Washington; 62. Southern California.

Patriot: 137. Army; 209. Holy Cross; 215. Lehigh; 227. Bucknell; 253. Lafayette; 258. Navy.

Southern: 34. College of Charleston; 41. Citadel; 46. Elon; 54. Georgia Southern; 55. Appalachian State; 56. Western Carolina; 81. Samford; 187. UNC Greensboro; 190. Wofford; 199. Davidson; 249. Furman.

Southland: 35. Texas State; 49. Southeastern Louisiana; 66. Northwestern State; 90. McNeese State; 92. Stephen F. Austin; 120. Texas-Arlington; 148. Lamar; 151. USTA; 171. Nicholls State; 180. Sam Houston State; 182. Texas A&M-Corpus Christi; 211. Central Arkansas.

Southwestern: 244. Southern; 245. Jackson State; 254. Texas Southern; 272. Alcorn State; 280. Grambling; 285. Mississippi Valley State; 296. Arkansas-Pine Bluff; 297. Prairie View A&M; 299. Alabama State; 301. Alabama A&M.

Summit: 144. South Dakota State; 158. Oral Roberts; 174. Centenary; 242. Southern Utah; 257. Oakland; 278. IPFW; 281. North Dakota State; 288. Western Illinois.

Sun Belt: 33. Florida Atlantic; 37. Louisiana-Lafayette; 40. Western Kentucky; 59. South Alabama; 61. Middle Tennessee; 73. Troy; 75. FIU; 86. Arkansas State; 135. UALR; 173. Louisiana-Monroe; 217. New Orleans.

West Coast: 20. San Diego; 76. Portland; 124. San Francisco; 134. Loyola Marymount; 167. Pepperdine; 188. St. Mary’s (Calif.); 203. Gonzaga; 204. Santa Clara.

Western Athletic: 65. Fresno State; 77. New Mexico State; 105. Hawaii; 116. Nevada; 157. Louisiana Tech; 210. Sacramento State; 222. San Jose State.

Great West: 183. Utah Valley; 206. Northern Colorado; 256. Houston Baptist; 259. New York Institute of Technology; 262. SIU Edwardsville; 270. North Dakota; 274. Texas-Pan American; 293. New Jersey Institute of Technology; 298. Chicago State; 300. North Carolina Central.

Independents: 107. Dallas Baptist; 110. Le Moyne; 132. Cal State Bakersfield; 179. Longwood; 246. Seattle; 286. Savannah State.

FUTURE SCHEDULES

TUESDAY / May 18


North Florida at Florida, 6:30 p.m.

Furman at South Carolina, 7 p.m.

UNC Asheville at Tennessee, 7 p.m.

Kentucky at Murray State, 7 p.m.

Jacksonville State at Auburn, 7:30 p.m.

Louisiana State at Tulane, 7:30 p.m.

Arkansas at Oklahoma, 7:35 p.m.

Mississippi State at Southern Mississippi, 7:30 p.m.

THURSDAY / May 20

Florida at South Carolina, 7 p.m. (SUN)

Kentucky at Georgia, 6:30 p.m.

Alabama at Tennessee, 7 p.m.

Arkansas at Vanderbilt, 7 p.m.

Auburn at Mississippi, 7:30 p.m.

Mississippi State at Louisiana State, 8 p.m.

FRIDAY / May 21

Florida at South Carolina, 7 p.m. (SUN)

Kentucky at Georgia, 6:30 p.m.

Alabama at Tennessee, 7 p.m.

Arkansas at Vanderbilt, 7 p.m.

Auburn at Mississippi, 7:30 p.m.

Mississippi State at Louisiana State, 8 p.m.

SATURDAY / May 22

Florida at South Carolina, 4 p.m. (SUN)

Kentucky at Georgia, 2 p.m.

Alabama at Tennessee, 1 p.m.

Arkansas at Vanderbilt, 3 p.m.

Auburn at Mississippi, 5 p.m.

Mississippi State at Louisiana State, 4 p.m.

2010 SEC TOURNAMENT / Hoover Ala. / Regions Park

WEDNESDAY / May 26

Game 1: No. 7 seed vs. No. 2 seed, 10:30 a.m. (SUN)

Game 2: No. 6 seed vs. No. 3 seed, 1 p.m. (SUN)

Game 3: No. 8 seed vs. No. 1 seed, 5:30 p.m. (SUN)

Game 4: No. 5 seed vs. No. 4 seed, 8 p.m. (SUN)

THURSDAY / May 27

Game 5: Loser Game 1 vs. Loser Game 2, 10:30 a.m. (SUN)

Game 6: Loser Game 3 vs. Loser Game 4, 1 p.m. (SUN)

Game 7: Winner Game 1 vs. Winner Game 2, 5:30 p.m. (SUN)

Game 8: Winner Game 3 vs. Winner Game 4, 8 p.m. (SUN)

FRIDAY / May 28

Game 9: Winner Game 5 vs. Loser Game 7, 4 p.m.

Game 10: Winner Game 6 vs. Loser Game 8, 7 p.m.

SATURDAY / May 29

Game 11: Winner Game 7 vs. Winner Game 9, 10:30 a.m. (SUN)

Game 12: Winner Game 7 vs. Winner Game 10, 1 p.m. (SUN)

Game 13: Winner Game 11 vs. Loser Game 11, 6 p.m. (if necessary) (CSS)

Game 14: Winner Game 12 vs. Loser Game 12, 9 p.m. (If necessary) (CSS)

SUNDAY, May 30

Game 15: Winner Game 13 vs. Winner Game 14, 2 p.m. (ESPN2)

NCAA DIVISION I CHAMPIONSHIP

SUNDAY / May 30

Announcement of 16 regional hosts

MONDAY / May 31

Baseball Selection Show, 12:30 p.m. (ESPN)

FRIDAY-MONDAY / June 4-7

NCAA Regionals (16 sites)

FRIDAY-MONDAY / June 11-14

NCAA Super Regionals (8 sites)

SATURDAY-WEDNESDAY / June 19-30

College World Series, Johnny Rosenblatt Stadium, Omaha, Neb.

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Working in relief isn’t something Tommy Toledo is used to doing. But coming back from injury, Toledo’s return may give a struggling bullpen a shot in the arm.

After a rough weekend at Alabama, the bullpen went seven scoreless innings, led by a scoreless inning from Toledo, as Florida beat Florida Atlantic, 7-3, at McKethan Stadium before 3,147 fans Wednesday evening.

“We’ve been talking about it all year and we need a couple guys to step up,” Florida head coach Kevin O’Sullivan said. “We’ve changed some things and had some guys throwing batting practice if they were struggling to throw strikes. We’ve tried every possible thing that you could think of to try and get these guys going.”

Florida’s pitching depth was a strength coming into this season, and while the Gators still have enough depth to make a postseason run, the middle relief arms need to step up. They allowed 11 runs in 10.2 innings over the weekend in Alabama.

Wednesday night, the Florida bullpen didn’t walk or hit a batter in seven innings. The relievers only allowed three hits and totaled six strikeouts as Florida improved to 34-12. FAU fell to 31-19.

Senior Jeff Barfield, who has struggled of late, pitched four scoreless innings of one-hit ball. But the most important performance was the nine pitches thrown by Toledo, a sophomore right-hander out of Alonso High School in Tampa. Toledo, who sat out last season after shoulder surgery, was hit in the face by a line drive during a game with Charleston Southern on March 14.

Before he could throw his first warmup pitch, emotions overtook Toledo. As he started to jog in from the bullpen, small patches of the crowd began to stand and applaud. When his name was announced over the stadium speakers, the entire crowd gave Toledo a standing ovation.

The two months of painful surgeries and rehabilitation, combined with the frustration of having to get his arm back in shape, now suddenly was worth it.

“That was probably one of the best feelings I’ve ever had here at Florida,” Toledo said. “I wasn’t expecting that at all. I was surprised that I kept throwing pitches for strikes in warmups. I was shaking out there. The fans were amazing.”

Once his nerves settled down, Toledo went one inning, giving up two hits and no runs while striking out one batter. Toledo exited the mound after a strikeout to end his inning of work with more emotion than he has ever shown in his Florida career. The strikeout came on a slider that Florida catcher Mike Zunino called “the best slider I’ve seen him throw all year.” Toledo made a few fist pumps and showed a lot of smiles in the short jog from the pitcher’s mound to the dugout, and it only intensified from there. The Florida team poured out of the dugout with high fives and congratulations for the pitcher who began the season as Florida’s ace.

“They’re the best,” Toledo said. “These guys have been supporting me the whole time. I was just happy that these guys kept staying behind me.”

O’Sullivan said it is still too early to know what Toledo’s role on the team will be. He could earn his way back into the starting rotation, but for now his likely destination seems to be to the bullpen where the Gators could use a consistent right-handed arm. O’Sullivan did compare what Toledo is going through now to a spring training as he needs to continue building up his arm strength to go deep into games.

For a bullpen that has struggled, the boost of energy from Toledo could be exactly what it needs to get on track. The right-hander doesn’t care what his role will be—he is just happy to be back on the mound.

“It’s just obstacles,” Toledo said. “There’s just some things you have to deal with. Baseball is like that, and life is like that also. There’s obstacles you’ve got to get over and it’s just a speed bump in the road.”

O’Sullivan said Toledo was so excited to return, he wanted to make his debut in Tuscaloosa over the weekend in the series against Alabama. The coaches decided it would be best for him to make his season debut at home in a comfortable environment.

“It was a special moment,” O’Sullivan said. “As a coach, you get a little choked up. You know how tough it was for him to get back here. He was chomping at the bit. Obviously, he’ll be a huge part of our success down the stretch. I’m awfully proud of him. He has handled it like a champ. There has never been a day that goes by where he has looked at the past. He has always looked forward to the next day.”

There was plenty to be happy about for the Florida coach.

“Barfield (3-0) was outstanding tonight,” O’Sullivan said. “He sunk the ball, put it on the ground and there wasn’t a lot of deep counts.”

Six of the seven runs the Gators scored came courtesy of home runs. After they scratched one across in the first inning on a Brian Johnson sacrifice fly, freshman Austin Maddox tied the game in the third inning with a two-run home run. The home run was Maddox’s 16th of the year, tying the school record for home runs by a freshman with Jason Dill, who did it in 1998.

Matt den Dekker’s two-run blast in the fifth inning landed in the back window of a car parked behind right field, and it also gave the Gators a 5-3 lead. Two innings later, Nolan Fontana followed with a two-run home run, his first since Feb. 25 against Siena, to give Florida a 7-3 lead.

The scoring for the Owls stopped after their first three batters hit. Raymond Church led off the game by reaching on a fielding error by third baseman Maddox. After Mike Albaladejo walked, Andy Mee hit a three-run home run to center field off Florida starting pitcher Steven Rodriguez.

The Gators outhit the Owls, 8-7. Fontana had a pair of hits.

The Gators will play their final SEC series this weekend against Georgia. The Gators will send sophomore left-hander Alex Panteliodis (8-2, 3.19 ERA) to the mound to face Georgia’s right-handed junior Justin Grimm (2-7, 5.66 ERA). First pitch is set for 8 p.m.

BASEBALL

SOUTHEASTERN CONFERENCE

Eastern Division Conference Overall

(Rank) Team W-L Pct. GB W-L Pct.


(10) South Carolina 17-7 .708 — 38-11 .776

(5) Florida 17-7 .708 — 34-12 .739

(19) Vanderbilt 12-10 .545 4 36-13 .735

Tennessee 11-13 .458 6 28-21 .571

Kentucky 9-15 .375 8 26-23 .531

Georgia 3-19 .136 13 14-33 .298

Western Division Conference Overall

(Rank) Team W-L Pct. GB W-L Pct.


(12) Arkansas 16-8 .667 — 38-11 .776

(16) Mississippi 15-9 .625 1 35-15 .700

(18) Auburn 15-9 .625 1 33-16 .673

(24) Louisiana State 12-12 .500 4 34-15 .694

Alabama 10-14 .417 6 29-20 .592

Mississippi State 5-19 .208 11 21-28 .429

(Rank) Ranking in the GatorCountry.com Top 30

RESULTS

WEDNESDAY / May 12


Florida 7, Florida Atlantic 3

South Carolina 10, Charleston Southern 2

Mississippi 5, Arkansas State 2

Samford 8, Alabama 7

Lipscomb 10, Kentucky 8

Tennessee 12, Middle Tennessee State 7

Mississippi State 8, Northwestern State 5

TUESDAY / May 11

Indiana 18, Kentucky 17 (10)

Georgia 13, Georgia State 9

South Alabama 10, Auburn 9

South Carolina 17, Wofford 4

Vanderbilt 11, Louisville 10 (17)

Arkansas 5, Louisiana Tech 4 (10)

SCHEDULE

FRIDAY / May 14


Georgia at Florida, 8 p.m. (ESPNU)

Louisiana State at Kentucky, 6:30 p.m.

Tennessee at Auburn, 7:30 p.m.

Vanderbilt at Mississippi State, 7:30 p.m.

South Carolina at Arkansas, 7:35 p.m. (Cox)

Mississippi at Alabama, 7:35 p.m.

SATURDAY / May 15

Georgia at Florida, 1 p.m. (CSS)

Louisiana State at Kentucky, 3 p.m. (SUN)

Vanderbilt at Mississippi State, 3 p.m.

South Carolina at Arkansas, 3:05 p.m.

Tennessee at Auburn, 4 p.m.

Mississippi at Alabama, 4:05 p.m. (ESPN2)

SUNDAY / May 16

Georgia at Florida, 1 p.m.

Louisiana State at Kentucky, 1 p.m.

South Carolina at Arkansas, 1:05 p.m. (CSS)

Tennessee at Auburn, 2 p.m.

Vanderbilt at Mississippi State, 2:30 p.m.

Mississippi at Alabama, 3:05 p.m.

RANKINGS

May 10, 2010

GATOR COUNTRY.com TOP 30

The Gator Country.com Top 30 ranking is determined by combining four polls of USA Today / ESPN Coaches, Baseball America, Collegiate Baseball and the National Collegiate Baseball Writers Association:

Rk School Rcd Pts LW

1. Texas (3) 41-8 119 1

2. Virginia (1) 40-9 115 2

3. Arizona State 39-5 114 3

4. Coastal Carolina 41-9 105 4

5. Florida 33-12 103 5

6. Texas Christian 36-10 94 8

7. Florida State 36-12 93 7

8. Georgia Tech 39-9 87 9

9. Louisville 40-8 86 10

10. South Carolina 36-11 84 6

11. Miami, Fla. 36-11 82 11

12. Arkansas 37-11 78 12

13. UCLA 34-10 77 13

14. Cal St. Fullerton 30-14 76 15

15. Oklahoma 35-13 62 16

16. Mississippi 34-15 61 14

17. Virginia Tech 34-15 54 18

18. Auburn 33-15 44 23

19. Vanderbilt 35-13 43 23

19. Connecticut 36-10 43 19

21. Rice 30-17 33 26

21. San Diego 30-16 33 26

23. Clemson 31-17 28 28

24. Louisiana State 34-15 25 20

25. California 27-17 20 22

26. Pittsburgh 34-12 18 29

27. Oregon 30-18 17 17

28. Kansas State 32-15 13 25

29. North Carolina 31-17 11 NR

29. Stanford 35-18 11 NR

Others receiving votes: Arizona 10; UC Irvine 9; Fresno State 6, Southern Mississippi 4, Texas State 2.

USA TODAY/ESPN COACHES

1. Texas (41-8); 2. Arizona State (39-5); 3. Virginia (40-9); 4. Coastal Carolina (41-6); 5. Florida (33-12); 6. Georgia Tech (39-9); 7. Texas Christian (36-10); 8. Florida State (36-12); 9. Louisville (40-8); 10. Arkansas (37-11); 11. UCLA (34-10); 12. (tie) South Carolina (36-11) and Miami, Fla. (36-11); 14. Cal State-Fullerton (30-14); 15. Oklahoma (35-13); 16. Mississippi (34-15); 17. Vanderbilt (35-13); 18. Virginia Tech (34-15); 19. Connecticut (37-10); 20. Louisiana State (34-15); 21. Auburn (33-15); 22. Clemson (31-17); 23. Rice (30-17); 24. Kansas State (32-15); 25. San Diego (30-16).

BASEBALL AMERICA

1. Virginia (40-9); 2. Texas (41-8); 3. Arizona State (39-5); 4. Florida (33-12); 5. Florida State (36-12); 6. Coastal Carolina (41-6); 7. Texas Christian (36-10); 8. South Carolina (36-11); 9. Louisville (40-8); 10. Cal State Fullerton (30-14); 11. UCLA (34-10); 12. Arkansas (37-11); 13. Miami, Fla. (36-11); 14. Mississippi (34-15); 15. Virginia Tech (34-15); 16. Georgia Tech (39-9); 17. Oklahoma (35-13); 18. Auburn (33-15); 19. San Diego (30-16); 20. Connecticut (37-10); 21. Rice (30-17); 22. Oregon (30-18); 23. Vanderbilt (35-13); 24. Pittsburgh (34-12); 25. Stanford (35-18).

COLLEGIATE BASEBALL

1. Texas (41-8); 2. Arizona State (39-5); 3. Virginia (40-9); 4. Coastal Carolina (41-6); 5. Miami, Fla. (36-11); 6. Florida (33-12); 7. South Carolina (36-11); 8. Georgia Tech (39-9); 9. Cal State Fullerton (30-14); 10. Florida State (36-12); 11. Louisville (40-8); 12. Texas Christian (36-10); 13. UCLA (34-10); 14. Arkansas (37-11); 15. Mississippi (34-15); 16. Oklahoma (35-13); 17. San Diego (30-16); 18. Auburn (33-15); 19. California (27-17); 20. Connecticut (37-10); 21. Virginia Tech (34-15); 22. Pittsburgh (34-12); 23. Rice (30-17); 24. Vanderbilt (35-13); 25. Fresno State (30-20); 26. Clemson (31-17); 27. Southern Mississippi (29-17); 28. Kansas State (32-15); 29. Texas State (30-16); 30. UC Irvine (29-16).

NATIONAL COLLEGE BASEBALL WRITERS ASSOCIATION

1. Texas (41-8); 2. Virginia (40-9); 3. Arizona State (39-5); 4. Texas Christian (36-10); 5. Coastal Carolina (41-6); 6. Florida (33-12); 7. Georgia Tech (39-9); 8. Florida State (36-12); 9. Louisville (40-8); 10. Arkansas (37-11); 11. Miami, Fla. (36-11); 12. UCLA (34-10); 13. South Carolina (36-11); 14. Oklahoma (35-13); 15. Cal State Fullerton (30-14); 16. Virginia Tech (34-15); 17. Vanderbilt (35-13); 18. Mississippi (34-15); 19. Clemson (31-17); 20. Louisiana State (34-15); 21. North Carolina (31-17); 22. Connecticut (37-10); 23. Auburn (33-15); 24. Rice (30-17); 25. Arizona (30-16); 26. Stanford (25-18); 27. UC Irvine (29-16); 28. Oregon (30-18); 29. Kansas State (32-15); 30. San Diego (30-16).

NCAA MEN’S BASEBALL RATINGS PERCENTAGE INDEX

May 11, 2010

1. Arizona State (Pac-10); 2. Florida (SEC); 3. Virginia (ACC); 4. Louisville (Big East); 5. Texas (Big 12); 6. Coastal Carolina (Big South); 7. Arkansas (SEC); 8. UCLA (Pac-10); 9. Miami, Fla. (ACC); 10. Cal State Fullerton (Big West); 11. Georgia Tech (ACC); 12. Florida State (ACC); 13. Clemson (ACC); 14. Texas Christian (MWC); 15. Louisiana State (SEC); 16. Vanderbilt (SEC);

17. Auburn (SEC); 18. Alabama (SEC); 19. South Carolina (SEC); 20. Mississippi (SEC); 21. San Diego (West Coast); 22. Kentucky (SEC); 23. Oklahoma (Big 12); 24. Connecticut (Big East); 25. Arizona (Pac-10); 26. Rice (C-USA); 27. Virginia Tech (ACC); 28. North Carolina (ACC); 29. Oregon (Pac-10); 30. California (Pac-10); 31. Oregon State (Pac-10); 32. New Mexico (MWC);

33. Florida Atlantic (Sun Belt); 34. College of Charleston (Southern); 35. Texas State (Southland); 36. Pittsburgh (Big East); 37. Louisiana-Lafayette (Sun Belt); 38. Texas A&M (Big 12); 39. Stanford (Pac-10); 40. Western Kentucky (Sun Belt); 41. Citadel (Southern); 42. Liberty (Big South); 43. Kansas State (Big 12); 44. Texas Tech (Big 12); 45. Tennessee (SEC); 46. Elon (Southern); 47. Washington State (Pac-10); 48. Boston College (ACC);

49. Southeastern Louisiana (Southland); 50. Baylor (Big 12); 51. Florida Gulf Coast (Atlantic Sun); 52. UC Irvine (Big West); 53. Kansas (Big 12); 54. Georgia Southern (Southern); 55. Appalachian State (Southern); 56. Western Carolina (Southern); 57. Washington (Pac-10); 58. Southern Mississippi (C-USA); 59. South Alabama (Sun Belt); 60. Rutgers (Big East); 61. Middle Tennessee (Sun Belt); 62. Southern California (Pac-10); 63. Nebraska (Big 12); 64. Wichita State (Missouri Valley).

RPI BY CONFERENCE

Southeastern: 2. Florida; 7. Arkansas; 15. Louisiana State; 16. Vanderbilt; 17. Auburn; 18. Alabama; 19. South Carolina; 20. Mississippi; 22. Kentucky; 45. Tennessee; 71. Mississippi State; 117. Georgia.

America East: 195. Maine; 197. Binghamton; 228. Stony Brook; 279. Albany (N.Y.); 282. Hartford; 291. UMBC.

Atlantic 10: 100. Charlotte; 177. Rhode Island; 191. Massachusetts; 212. Xavier, Ohio; 223. St. Joseph’s; 224. George Washington; 225. Richmond; 229. Fordham; 235. Saint Louis; 251, St. Bonaventure; 255. Dayton; 264. Temple; 269. Duquesne; 275. La Salle.

Atlantic Coast: 3. Virginia; 9. Miami, Fla.; 11. Georgia Tech; 12. Florida State; 13. Clemson; 27. Virginia Tech; 28. North Carolina; 48. Boston College; 67. North Carolina State; 70. Duke; 140. Maryland; 141. Wake Forest.

Atlantic Sun: 51. Florida Gulf Coast; 99. North Florida; 106. Jacksonville; 115. East Tennessee State; 126. Kennesaw State; 150. Mercer; 154. Stetson; 181. Belmont; 196. Lipscomb; 216. Campbell; 226. South Carolina Upstate.

Big Ten: 69. Michigan; 91. Ohio State; 94. Michigan State; 108. Indiana; 138. Illinois; 149. Penn State; 155. Purdue; 169. Minnesota; 172. Iowa; 194. Northwestern.

Big 12: 5. Texas; 23. Oklahoma; 38. Texas A&M; 43. Kansas State; 44. Texas Tech; 50. Baylor; 53. Kansas; 63. Nebraska; 85. Oklahoma State; 98. Missouri.

Big East: 4. Louisville; 24. Connecticut; 36. Pittsburgh; 60. Rutgers; 84. St. John’s; 96. Villanova; 109. West Virginia; 114. South Florida; 125. Cincinnati; 146. Georgetown; 184. Seton Hall; 205. Notre Dame.

Big South: 6. Coastal Carolina; 42. Liberty; 68. Virginia Military Institute; 83. Radford; 102. High Point; 131. Charleston Southern; 142. Winthrop; 159. Gardner-Webb; 221. UNC Asheville; 261. Presbyterian.

Big West: 10. Cal State Fullerton; 52. UC Irvine; 75. UC Riverside; 79. Long Beach State; 82. Pacific; 123. Cal State Northridge; 161. UC Santa Barbara; 168. UC Davis; 170. Cal Poly.

Colonial: 74. James Madison; 113. George Mason; 122. UNC Wilmington; 139. William & Mary; 162. Georgia State; 164. Virginia Commonwealth; 189. Delaware; 198. Hofstra; 207. Towson; 236. Old Dominion; 243. Northeastern.

Conference USA: 26. Rice; 58. Southern Mississippi; 78. East Carolina; 80. Tulane; 88. Houston; 89. UCF; 103. Marshall; 112. Memphis; 129. UAB.

Horizon: 175. Wright State; 213. Illinois-Chicago; 232. Milwaukee; 267. Youngstown State; 268. Valparaiso; 277. Butler; 284. Cleveland State.

Ivy Group: 127. Dartmouth; 136. Columbia; 185. Cornell; 220. Pennsylvania; 230. Harvard; 237. Brown; 238. Yale; 248. Princeton.

Metro Atlantic: 87. Manhattan; 147. Marist; 152. Canisius; 160. Rider; 192. Siena; 239. Fairfield; 260. Niagara; 271. St. Peter’s; 289. Iona.

Mid-American: 101. Ball State; 128. Bowling Green; 130. Central Michigan; 143. Kent State; 145. Toledo; 163. Miami, Ohio; 193. Eastern Michigan; 208. Northern Illinois; 233. Akron; 234. Buffalo; 247. Ohio; 263. Western Michigan.

Mid-Eastern: 104. Bethune-Cookman; 240. North Carolina A&T; 283. Norfolk State; 290. Coppin State; 292. Delaware State; 294. Florida A&M; 295. Maryland-Eastern Shore.

Missouri Valley: 64. Wichita State; 95. Illinois State; 97. Evansville; 111. Indiana State; 156. Creighton; 176. Missouri Valley; 186. Missouri State; 250. Bradley.

Mountain West: 14. Texas Christian; 32. New Mexico; 93. San Diego State; 118. Brigham Young; 121. UNLV; 165. Utah; 265. Air Force.

Northeast: 201. Bryant; 214. Monmouth; 218. Sacred Heart; 219. Central Connecticut State; 252. Wagner; 266. Mount St. Mary’s; 273. Quinnipiac; 276. Long Island; 287. Fairleigh Dickinson.

Ohio Valley: 119. Jacksonville State; 133. Austin Peay; 153. Murray State; 166. Southeast Missouri State; 178. Eastern Kentucky; 200. Morehead State; 202. Tennessee Tech; 231. UT Martin; 241. Eastern Illinois.

Pacific-10: 1. Arizona State; 8. UCLA; 25. Arizona; 29. Oregon; 30. California; 31. Oregon State; 39. Stanford; 47. Washington State; 57. Washington; 62. Southern California.

Patriot: 137. Army; 209. Holy Cross; 215. Lehigh; 227. Bucknell; 253. Lafayette; 258. Navy.

Southern: 34. College of Charleston; 41. Citadel; 46. Elon; 54. Georgia Southern; 55. Appalachian State; 56. Western Carolina; 81. Samford; 187. UNC Greensboro; 190. Wofford; 199. Davidson; 249. Furman.

Southland: 35. Texas State; 49. Southeastern Louisiana; 66. Northwestern State; 90. McNeese State; 92. Stephen F. Austin; 120. Texas-Arlington; 148. Lamar; 151. USTA; 171. Nicholls State; 180. Sam Houston State; 182. Texas A&M-Corpus Christi; 211. Central Arkansas.

Southwestern: 244. Southern; 245. Jackson State; 254. Texas Southern; 272. Alcorn State; 280. Grambling; 285. Mississippi Valley State; 296. Arkansas-Pine Bluff; 297. Prairie View A&M; 299. Alabama State; 301. Alabama A&M.

Summit: 144. South Dakota State; 158. Oral Roberts; 174. Centenary; 242. Southern Utah; 257. Oakland; 278. IPFW; 281. North Dakota State; 288. Western Illinois.

Sun Belt: 33. Florida Atlantic; 37. Louisiana-Lafayette; 40. Western Kentucky; 59. South Alabama; 61. Middle Tennessee; 73. Troy; 75. FIU; 86. Arkansas State; 135. UALR; 173. Louisiana-Monroe; 217. New Orleans.

West Coast: 20. San Diego; 76. Portland; 124. San Francisco; 134. Loyola Marymount; 167. Pepperdine; 188. St. Mary’s (Calif.); 203. Gonzaga; 204. Santa Clara.

Western Athletic: 65. Fresno State; 77. New Mexico State; 105. Hawaii; 116. Nevada; 157. Louisiana Tech; 210. Sacramento State; 222. San Jose State.

Great West: 183. Utah Valley; 206. Northern Colorado; 256. Houston Baptist; 259. New York Institute of Technology; 262. SIU Edwardsville; 270. North Dakota; 274. Texas-Pan American; 293. New Jersey Institute of Technology; 298. Chicago State; 300. North Carolina Central.

Independents: 107. Dallas Baptist; 110. Le Moyne; 132. Cal State Bakersfield; 179. Longwood; 246. Seattle; 286. Savannah State.

FUTURE SCHEDULES

TUESDAY / May 18


North Florida at Florida, 6:30 p.m.

Furman at South Carolina, 7 p.m.

UNC Asheville at Tennessee, 7 p.m.

Kentucky at Murray State, 7 p.m.

Jacksonville State at Auburn, 7:30 p.m.

Louisiana State at Tulane, 7:30 p.m.

Arkansas at Oklahoma, 7:35 p.m.

Mississippi State at Southern Mississippi, 7:30 p.m.

THURSDAY / May 20

Florida at South Carolina, 7 p.m. (SUN)

Kentucky at Georgia, 6:30 p.m.

Alabama at Tennessee, 7 p.m.

Arkansas at Vanderbilt, 7 p.m.

Auburn at Mississippi, 7:30 p.m.

Mississippi State at Louisiana State, 8 p.m.

FRIDAY / May 21

Florida at South Carolina, 7 p.m. (SUN)

Kentucky at Georgia, 6:30 p.m.

Alabama at Tennessee, 7 p.m.

Arkansas at Vanderbilt, 7 p.m.

Auburn at Mississippi, 7:30 p.m.

Mississippi State at Louisiana State, 8 p.m.

SATURDAY / May 22

Florida at South Carolina, 4 p.m. (SUN)

Kentucky at Georgia, 2 p.m.

Alabama at Tennessee, 1 p.m.

Arkansas at Vanderbilt, 3 p.m.

Auburn at Mississippi, 5 p.m.

Mississippi State at Louisiana State, 4 p.m.

2010 SEC TOURNAMENT / Hoover Ala. / Regions Park

WEDNESDAY / May 26

Game 1: No. 7 seed vs. No. 2 seed, 10:30 a.m. (SUN)

Game 2: No. 6 seed vs. No. 3 seed, 1 p.m. (SUN)

Game 3: No. 8 seed vs. No. 1 seed, 5:30 p.m. (SUN)

Game 4: No. 5 seed vs. No. 4 seed, 8 p.m. (SUN)

THURSDAY / May 27

Game 5: Loser Game 1 vs. Loser Game 2, 10:30 a.m. (SUN)

Game 6: Loser Game 3 vs. Loser Game 4, 1 p.m. (SUN)

Game 7: Winner Game 1 vs. Winner Game 2, 5:30 p.m. (SUN)

Game 8: Winner Game 3 vs. Winner Game 4, 8 p.m. (SUN)

FRIDAY / May 28

Game 9: Winner Game 5 vs. Loser Game 7, 4 p.m.

Game 10: Winner Game 6 vs. Loser Game 8, 7 p.m.

SATURDAY / May 29

Game 11: Winner Game 7 vs. Winner Game 9, 10:30 a.m. (SUN)

Game 12: Winner Game 7 vs. Winner Game 10, 1 p.m. (SUN)

Game 13: Winner Game 11 vs. Loser Game 11, 6 p.m. (if necessary) (CSS)

Game 14: Winner Game 12 vs. Loser Game 12, 9 p.m. (If necessary) (CSS)

SUNDAY, May 30

Game 15: Winner Game 13 vs. Winner Game 14, 2 p.m. (ESPN2)

NCAA DIVISION I CHAMPIONSHIP

SUNDAY / May 30

Announcement of 16 regional hosts

MONDAY / May 31

Baseball Selection Show, 12:30 p.m. (ESPN)

FRIDAY-MONDAY / June 4-7

NCAA Regionals (16 sites)

FRIDAY-MONDAY / June 11-14

NCAA Super Regionals (8 sites)

SATURDAY-WEDNESDAY / June 19-30

College World Series, Johnny Rosenblatt Stadium, Omaha, Neb.

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