Florida didn't produce quite as much pop at the plate in its Sunday game against Florida Atlantic in the Gainesville Regional as it did in its first two games of NCAA Tournament.
But the Gators didn't need to.
Florida's staff combined to limit the Owls to one run and six hits, and the Gators offense produced two runs from JJ Schwarz hits, which was enough to secure a 2-1 win that sees Florida through to the Super Regional round of play for the first time since 2012.
Florida will host the winner of the Tallahassee Regional — Florida State, College of Charleston, or Auburn — next weekend in that Super Regional.
The Gators will go into it with a surplus of momentum, especially on the mound. Florida set a new record for fewest runs allowed in a regional round of play, conceding just three in 27 innings, and starters Logan Shore, A.J. Puk, and Alex Faedo yielded just one of those runs combined. Florida's 29 runs in three games were its most in a regional since the Gators churned out 33 in 2011, and its 26-run composite margin of victory is its largest in a regional since winning by a combined 27 runs in 2010.
These Gator boys are just hot, frankly, as hot as any team in the sport. Not even a lightning delay that postponed the victory over the Owls — strikes in the area halted play for more than an hour after the completion of the eighth inning — could cool Florida down.
With one more week of this sort of heat in Gainesville, the Gators should be able to enjoy a different kind of heat in Omaha.