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No. 5 Gators Set for Top-25 SEC Showdown with No. 24 Tide

No. 5 Gators Set for Top-25 SEC Showdown with No. 24 Tide

GAINESVILLE, Fla. – SEC Opening Weekend officially gets underway on Thursday night, with No. 5 Florida set to host No. 24 Alabama at 7 p.m. on SEC Network in the first installment of a three-game series. 

The history between Florida (16-3) and Alabama (16-2) dates back to 1940 in Tuscaloosa. Although the Tide won the first six meetings and 10 of the first 12, the Gators are 20-2 in the series since 2011 and 26-6 under Head Coach Kevin O’Sullivan. Florida has won five-straight home games vs. Alabama, sporting victories in 11 of the last 12 in Gainesville.

Across the all-time series, the Orange & Blue hold a 67-58 advantage that features a 36-18 mark in home matchups. The Gators have won 13 of the last 14 meetings overall.

Pitching Matchups

The Gators moved up one spot to No. 5 in the D1Baseball Top-25 this week and rank as highly as No. 2 in the nation according to Baseball America and Perfect Game. Florida sits at No. 4 in the USA Today Poll.


The first 750 fans on Friday, March 17 will receive green Florida baseball script St. Patrick’s day T-shirts, presented by GFL Environmental. Shirts are available at Gates 1 and 2 for those in the Diamond Deck, as well as Gate 3. Green Kirspy Kreme donuts will also be handed out at Gate 1 to the first 250 fans.


There will be two food trucks located in the Dizney Grove area beyond the outfield wall on each day of the weekend series.

Thursday: Tony Dilla, Fat Tiki

Friday: Mayflower Cellars, B’z Gelati

Saturday: Frios, Cajun Knights


After opening the season with a 14-0 record, Alabama has dropped two of its last four contests. Picked to finish fifth in the SEC West, the Tide is hitting a robust .349/.468/.618 with 39 home runs and 16 stolen bases in 25 attempts. On the mound, Alabama hurlers have worked to a 3.43 ERA backed by a .970 fielding percentage.


The Gators and Tide faced four times last season, playing a series in Tuscaloosa during SEC Opening Weekend (W 6-4, W 13-6, L 7-8) and meeting again in Hoover at the SEC Tournament (W, 11-6).


Florida took all three against Siena (W 3-2, W 11-0, W 12-2) in a home weekend series to go 5-0 last week. UF then came from behind to defeat UNF, 7-2, in a midweek contest highlighted by catcher Rene Lastres’ go-ahead, two-run triple in the fifth. 


The Gators enter Thursday’s premiere riding a seven-game winning streak dating back to Sunday’s…

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