NCAA baseball tournament 2016: Top seed Florida moves on

The Florida Gators came into the 2016 NCAA baseball tournament looking to avoid the same fate their softball counterparts suffered. The No. 1 national seed avoided that by winning the Gainesville Regional and advancing to the Super Regional for the sixth time in the last nine years.


It's trip #8 to Supers for the Gators. #RoadToOmaha

— NCAA Baseball (@NCAACWS) June 6, 2016

The Gators pulled off the win in their region by rolling over Bethune-Cookman in the first game and then slipping past UConn in the second. They met up with the Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets in their final game and swung their way to a big 10-1 win.

They used a near-perfect execution of small-ball throughout the game, putting up seven runs across the fifth and sixth innings. In those innings, four different players put up RBIs with first baseman Peter Alonso bringing home three and designated hitter JJ Schwarz brought home two.

Florida will now host in-state rival Florida State for the Super Regional this weekend. That series begins on Friday, June 10.

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