Florida baseball is the No. 4 national seed in the 2015 NCAA Tournament.
Fresh off a victory over Vanderbilt in the SEC Tournament final on Sunday, the Gators were awarded that seeding on the NCAA Tournament selection show broadcast by ESPNU early Monday afternoon.
The national seed isn't surprising: Florida was considered likely to earn one even prior to that SEC Tournament performance, and was announced as a Regional host Sunday night. But Florida seemed more like a No. 7 seed entering play in Hoover; four wins in four days, including wins over No. 2 national seed LSU and Regional host Vanderbilt, probably propped up the Gators.
Florida will begin its 2015 NCAA Tournament run in the Gainesville Regional, in which the Gators will host three in-state teams: No. 2 seed Florida Atlantic, No. 3 seed USF, and No. 4 seed Florida A&M, which is making its first NCAA Tournament appearance. The Gators will meet the Rattlers on Friday, May 29, at 7 p.m., in a game broadcast by ESPNU, and the team left standing after double-elimination play all weekend will move on to face the winner of Florida State's Tallahassee Regional.
If both No. 1 seeds move on, Florida will host the Seminoles in a Gainesville Super Regional for the first time since 2005, when the Gators won both games between the two rivals en route to finishing their year in the championship series of the 2005 College World Series.
Florida is 66-42 all-time in NCAA Regional play and 8-5 in Super Regional play. But Florida failed to advance from a Gainesville Regional in 2014, when cold bats produced four runs in two games against College of Charleston and North Carolina, and hasn't won an NCAA Tournament game since 2012.