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Chomping at Bits: Florida baseball opens NCAA Regional play

The road to Omaha begins.

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Florida baseball opens NCAA Regional play today: The Gators will face Bethune-Cookman today at 6:00 p.m. (on the SEC Network). 19 players on Florida's 31-player roster were on the team that went to Omaha last year. (Kevin Brockway, Gainesville SunIan Shore, Independent Florida AlligatorZach Abolverdi, SEC Country)

Peter Alonso returns: Alonso participated in batting practice Tuesday and should be able to play today. The first baseman is batting a team-high .352 with nine home runs and 47 RBI. He has been out since May 13th, when he suffered a broken hand after being hit by a pitch. (Kevin Brockway, Gainesville SunGarry Smits, Florida Times Union)

Logan Shore ready for regional: Shore's last two starts were disrupted by weather and his health. (Aaron Brand, Gainesville Sun)

SEC looks for ways to increase NCAA Tournament teams: The league has only put three teams in the tournament in three of the last four years. (Robbie Andreu, Gainesville Sun)

UF swimming and diving hires Jeff Poppell as associate head coach: Poppell recently served as head coach at Gulliver Preparatory School and Gulliver Swim Club. Prior to that, he was the women's swimming and diving head coach at Arkansas for six years. (Benjamin Schmitz, Florida Gators)

Will Muschamp discusses his time at Florida, returning to The Swamp: Muschamp mentioned Florida's lack of offensive production during his tenure with the Gators. He also said that he believes South Carolina AD Ray Tanner gave him a second chance as a head coach due to his own background as a coach; something he feels separates him from most ADs, who are "business managers" and "worried about the four or five emails you get on Monday." (Robbie Andreu, Gainesville Sun)

Unnamed SEC opposing coach says Gators' offense is "back to ground zero": The coach is not named, and is quoted in the upcoming edition of Lindy's College Football Southeastern edition magazine. (Kevin Ryan, 247 SportsPhilip Rossman-Reich, SEC Country)

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