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Chomping at Bits: Florida baseball opens NCAA Tournament play

The Gators face Marist tonight in Gainesville Regional action.

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Florida baseball opens NCAA Tournament play: The No. 3 seed Gators host this weekend’s Gainesville Regional, and begin the potential path to a third consecutive College World Series appearance by facing Marist tonight. (Scott Carter, Florida Gators)

Gainesville Regional overview: Florida baseball hosts a regional with Marist, USF, and Bethune-Cookman. (Teddy Cahill, Baseball America)

Gators overcoming injuries: Shortstop Dalton Guthrie will likely return this weekend, but center fielder Ryan Larson will miss regionals. Despite dealing with injuries this season, Florida has played well enough to secure a home field advantage in Regional and Super Regional tournament competition. (Kevin Brockway, Gainesville Sun)

Mike Rivera’s return from injury: Rivera returned to Florida's lineup in the SEC Tournament after missing six weeks with a broken hamate bone in his right hand.(Jordan McPherson, SEC Country)

Alex Faedo among 25 Golden Spikes Award semifinalists: The award is presently annually to the most outstanding collegiate baseball player. Last year, Florida right-hander Logan Shore was a finalist. (Daniel Apple, Florida Gators)

Grant Holloway named SEC Outdoor Freshman Runner of the Year: Holloway is the fourth Gator in history to win the award. (Zach Dirlam, Florida Gators)

Profile of cornerback Brad Stewart: The Louisiana native felt somewhat spurned by LSU offering him late. Stewart is one of six freshman DBs joining the Gators. (Ryan Young, SEC Country)

Lomas Brown named to 2018 College Football Hall of Fame Ballot: The former Florida offensive lineman was a First Team All-SEC and All-America selection in 1984. (Will Pantages, Florida Gators)

More on UF softball’s Women’s College World Series opener: The Gators shut out Texas A&M, 8-0. Florida’s eight runs were the most for the Gators in their last ten games against opponents from Power Five conferences. Florida has now tied the program record for shutouts in a season (39). The Gators continue their WCWS journey with LSU tonight. (Chris Harry, Florida Gators; Clint Brunt, Gainesville Sun)

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