The Florida Gators have not missed the NCAA Tournament since Kevin O’Sullivan took over the team in 2008 and that won’t change in 2019.
The Gators (33-24/13-17 SEC) made it close but ultimately their strength of schedule (3) and RPI (27) helped them make a 12th consecutive NCAA Regional. Unlike the previous five seasons the Gators will have to hit the road for the post season. Florida will travel to Lubbock, Texas where Texas Tech hosts for the fourth consecutive season.
The Red Raiders will open the regional against Army on Friday at 4 pm ET. Florida will play Dallas Baptist at 8 pm.
Texas Tech and the Gators met last year in Omaha, Nebraska in the College World Series. Florida and Texas Tech met in the CWS opener with the Red Raiders taking the game, which Brady Singer started, 6-3. The two met again in an elimination game that Florida won 9-6.
The Lubbock Regional is paired with the Oklahoma City Regional, which features No. 1 Oklahoma State, No. 2 UConn, No. 3 Nebraska and No. 4 Harvard.