Gators will play host to NCAA regional

GAINESVILLE, Fla. -- For the fourth year in a row, Florida's route to the College World Series will begin in Gainesville.

The NCAA announced Sunday that Florida is one of 16 teams that will play host to a four-team, double-elimination regional next weekend. The second-ranked Gators (42-18) will find out the other three teams that will be playing at McKethan Stadium when the NCAA announces the 64-team tournament field on Monday.

The NCAA also will announce the top seeds in the tournament on Monday. Should Florida win the regional, it would likely play host to a best-of-three Super Regional the following weekend for a berth in the CWS in Omaha, Neb.

"We’re extremely happy about hosting games in Gainesville," UF coach Kevin O'Sullivan said. "It is great news for the program, our players, the University and the fans, and we appreciate the support."

The Gators, who are coming off a loss to Vanderbilt in the Southeastern Conference tournament semifinals, are ranked No. 1 in the NCAA's latest RPI. Boyd's World has UF fifth in its strength of schedule rankings.

The Gators have won nine consecutive games in regional play and have played host to a regional the past three seasons. UF beat Bethune-Cookman and Miami (twice) in 2009, Bethune-Cookman, Miami and Florida Atlantic in 2010, and Manhattan and Miami (twice) last season.