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Weekend Open Thread: Gators in action

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Lacrosse and men’s tennis hope for SEC titles; while baseball and softball hope for SEC series wins.

The schedule keeps getting a bit smaller as several sports wind down their seasons or enter the postseason. It’s the men’s tennis team’s turn this week to compete in the SEC Tournament, Florida’s baseball and softball teams both travel to face SEC foes in three-game road series, track and field hosts an event, and lacrosse has a chance to secure the Big East regular season title for the third year in a row.

Below you’ll find what is happening in Gator sports this weekend, as well as how to follow along.

Friday, April 28

Men’s tennis
Florida vs. Ole Miss, SEC Tournament Quarterfinals, 9:00 a.m.: Rather than offer you a preview of this match, since it happened earlier this morning, I’ll go ahead and tell you that the Gators were victorious. The Gators shut out the Rebels, 4-0, and advanced to tomorrow’s tournament semifinals.

Track and field
Tom Jones Memorial, 11:00 a.m.: Florida hosts the Tom Jones Memorial today, and will look to add more NCAA East preliminary qualifiers to the SEC Outdoor Championships, occurring in May. This is the Gators’ second and final home meet of the 2017 campaign.

Softball
Florida vs. Tennessee, 6:00 p.m. (SEC Network+/WatchESPN, Listen, Stats): The 44-3 Gators face the 41-6 Volunteers in the first game of a three-game series in Knoxville. The series marks the end of regular season SEC play for Florida, who currently sits atop the SEC standings with an opportunity to clinch their third-straight regular season title.

Baseball
Florida vs. Georgia, 7:00 p.m. (SEC Network+/WatchESPN, Listen, Stats): The Gators head to Athens for a three-game series with the Bulldogs. It’s Faedo Friday again. Faedo pitched up his 25th career win with 8.2 shutout innings against South Carolina last week.

Saturday, April 29

Men’s tennis
Florida vs. TBD, SEC Tournament Semifinals, 10:00 a.m. (Watch, Stats): The Gators will face the winner of the the quarterfinal match between Georgia and Arkansas, and hope to advance for a shot at the tournament title.

Lacrosse
Florida vs. Georgetown, 1:00 p.m. (Watch, Listen, Stats): The Gators host the Hoyas for their regular season home finale. Florida clinched at least a share of the Big East regular season title with their win over Temple last week, but can win the conference championship outright with a win over Georgetown. The Gators will also honor their seniors on Saturday.

Baseball
Florida vs. Georgia, 2:00 p.m. (SEC Network+/WatchESPN, Listen, Stats): The Gators and Bulldogs face off in game two of the series. Coming into the weekend, Kevin O’Sullivan had a 21-8 overall record against UGA, including an 8-1 record in regular-season series. Brandy Singer will be on the mound for Florida.

Softball
Florida vs. Tennessee, 2:00 p.m. (SEC Network+/WatchESPN, Listen, Stats): The Gators continue competition in Knoxville. Coming into this week, the Volunteers had been riding a nation-best 20 game win streak, which came to an end last Sunday against LSU.

Sunday, April 30

Baseball
Florida vs. Georgia, 1:00 p.m. (SEC Network+/WatchESPN, Listen, Stats): The Gators wrap up their series with the Bulldogs, with Jackson Kowar getting the start.

Men’s tennis
SEC Tournament Championship, 1:00 p.m. (Watch, Stats): Should Florida pick up a semifinal win on Saturday, the Gators would compete for the SEC Tournament title.

Softball
Florida vs. Tennessee, 1:00 p.m. (ESPN2 / WatchESPN, Listen, Stats): The Gators conclude regular season conference play, and their series with the Vols. Since 2007, Florida is the winningest NCAA Division I softball program with a total of 609 wins to 106 losses for a staggering 0.851 win percentage

And here are your schedule tables for this weekend’s events:

Schedule for Friday, April 28, 2017

Time Team Opponent TV Streaming Radio Follow Stats
Time Team Opponent TV Streaming Radio Follow Stats
9:00 a.m. Men's Tennis Ole Miss / SEC Tournament Quarterfinals none UT Sports none @GatorsMTN UT Sports
11:00 a.m. Track and field Tom Jones Memorial none none none @GatorsTF none
6:00 p.m. Softball Tennessee SEC Network+ WatchESPN Fox Sports @GatorsSB Sidearm Stats
7:00 p.m. Baseball Georgia SEC Network+ WatchESPN Florida Gators @GatorsBB Georgia Dogs

Schedule for Saturday, April 29, 2017

Time Team Opponent TV Streaming Radio Follow Stats
Time Team Opponent TV Streaming Radio Follow Stats
10:00 a.m. Men's Tennis SEC Tournament Semifinals none UT Sports none @GatorsMTN UT Sports
1:00 p.m. Lacrosse Georgetown none YouTube Florida Gators @GatorsLAX Sidearm Stats
2:00 p.m. Baseball Georgia SEC Network+ WatchESPN Florida Gators @GatorsBB Georgia Dogs
2:00 p.m. Softball Tennessee SEC Network+ WatchESPN Fox Sports @GatorsSB UT Sports

Schedule for Sunday, April 30, 2017

Time Team Opponent TV Streaming Radio Follow Stats
Time Team Opponent TV Streaming Radio Follow Stats
1:00 p.m. Baseball Georgia SEC Network+ WatchESPN Florida Gators @GatorsBB Georgia Dogs
1:00 p.m. Men's Tennis SEC Tournament Championship none UT Sports none @GatorsMTN UT Sports
1:00 p.m. Softball Tennessee ESPN2 WatchESPN Fox Sports @GatorsSB UT Sports