No. 1 Florida baseball has just two wins to go 'til a third straight trip to Omaha, and must get them in withering heat against N.C. State this weekend in the Gainesville Super Regional of the 2012 NCAA Tournament. On this weekend, it won't be a gauntlet facing the Gators, but a cauldron that they must work in.
Florida will send ace Hudson Randall to the mound in Saturday's Game 1, which will be broadcast at 2 p.m. Eastern on ESPNU, and will look to continue its stellar play from the Gainesville Regional last weekend. The Gators got their first win of the Regional on Jonathon Crawford's no-hitter on Friday, then bludgeoned Georgia Tech twice by a 21-5 count on Saturday and Sunday to advance to their fourth straight (and fifth ever) Gainesville Super Regional.
Kevin O'Sullivan is responsible for four of those five occasions of Florida hosting Super Regional play, and his teams are 4-3 in Super Regional play, beating Mississippi State 2-1 in 2011, sweeping Miami 2-0 in 2010, and being swept 2-0 by Southern Mississippi in 2009.
I'll be at the game and tweeting/melting, if you would like to follow along.