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Chomping at Bits: Florida baseball faces Florida State in Sunshine State Showdown

The two top-five teams meet in Gainesville tonight.

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Florida baseball hosts Florida State for top-five showdown: The No. 5 Gators take the field against the No. 3 Seminoles tonight at 6:30 p.m. The game will be televised on the SEC Network. This will be the first of three meetings scheduled between the schools this season. (Daniel Apple, Florida Gators; Ethan Bauer, Independent Florida Alligator)

Softball series finale cancelled due to weather: The final game in Florida’s SEC opening series with Missouri was cancelled last night due to heavy rain in Gainesville. The game will not be rescheduled per conference guidelines. The Gators had already clinched the series with wins in Saturday and Sunday’s games. Florida next plays Wednesday at home against North Dakota State. (Herb Brooks, Florida Gators)

Mike White on East Tennessee State, and Florida being an upset pick: Mike White notes that the Gators know that many are picking ETSU to defeat them in the first round. (Chris Hays, Orlando Sentinel)

Mike White on his players being exposed to predictions of Florida being one-and-done in the tournament:

“Our guys heard it. They saw it. I don’t know how much they’ll read this week. I hope none. I hope they all crack their phones and throw them in the garbage. Hopefully it’s a tiny, tiny bit more motivation. I don’t know how much more we need. We need a ‘W’ in the worst way.”

Mike White’s first NCAA tournament: Florida’s head coach is taking a team to the big dance for the first time. The only player on the Gators’ roster with tournament experience is Kasey Hill, who was a freshman when Florida made it to the Final Four in 2014. (Kevin Brockway, Gainesville Sun)

No. 1 Florida women’s tennis faces No. 2 Ohio State: The match between the nation’s top two teams will be held tonight at 6:30 p.m. in Orlando as part of the USTA College MatchDay series. The Gators currently have a 25-match regular season win streak. (Kathy Cafazzo, Florida Gators)

No. 3 Gator lacrosse hosts No. 5 Syracuse: Florida will play their fourth game in nine days this afternoon. The opening draw is set for 1:00 p.m. today. The game will be streamed live via YouTube. (Dustin Ciraco, Florida Gators)

Former Gator Cameron Dillard reportedly transferring to North Carolina: Dillard decided to transfer from Florida earlier this year. As a graduate transfer, he should be eligible to play for the Tar Heels this fall. (Nick Cole, SEC Country)

Florida QB signee Jake Allen works with Antonio Callaway: Callaway and Allen linked up while Callaway was home in Miami for spring break. LB Vosean Joseph was also on hand. (Zach Abolverdi, SEC Country)

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