Florida Baseball: Gators bounced from SEC Tournament, now await NCAA Tournament fate

The Gators lost to Vanderbilt 6-3 and now must wait a week to learn their fate
Cyndi Chambers Sports?Special to the

After beating Georgia in two out of three games over the weekend, the NCAA Tournament hopes for Florida Baseball were in a much more positive place than they were a week ago. The Gators were hoping a run in Hoover could solidify that bid, but alas were bounced after one game.

Now Florida must wait a week to learn their fate and see if their streak of making of the NCAA Tournament continues.

Florida Baseball: One And Done

Florida lost to Vanderbilt 6-3 in the opening round of the SEC Tournament. Starter Pierce Coppola only made it 3.2 innings, giving up four runs along the way. Jake Clemente went three innings, giving up two runs, and Florida went into the 8th inning down 6-0

Florida did have runners in scoring position in the 2nd, 3rd, and 6th inning but couldn't get anything going. A late rally made the scoreline respectable, but the end result was a plane ride back to Gainesville.

Florida finishes the regular season 28-27, which does make them eligible for an at large bid. The debate over whether or not they deserve one is going to be one of the hotter debates in the college baseball world.

The Gators still have the number one strength schedule in country, though their RPI has fallen to 28th.

Heading into the week, D1Baseball projected Florida to make the tournament and placed them in the Tallahassee Regional with FSU, Southern Miss, and FAMU.

The site has Cincinnati, Louisville, California, and Xavier as their first four out. The ultimate question for the tournament committee is whether or not they believe those four teams would have done better if they were given Florida's schedule.

Florida has a better RPI than all of those team, bolstered by Florida having 13 Quad 1 victories. Xavier is the next closest with 8. In addition Florida had a winning percentage of 41% against Quad 1 opponents. Those four teams combined had a winning percentage of 36% against Quad 1.

Most seem to think the Gators will get in, but if they don't they have no one to blame but themselves.