Florida Begins Road to Omaha in Gainesville

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How badly would you want to go visit Omaha, Nebraska?

When you live at or close to the beach, land-locked corn country doesn't seem super appealing.

But for the 64 teams in the NCAA baseball championships, they're desperate to hit the Road to Omaha and the College World Series. Good for Florida, their first stop on the trip is at home in Gainesville.

The SEC regular season champ Gators received the second overall seed in the tourney Monday morning, and also, will host regional action of the NCAA's beginning Friday at McKethan Stadium.

It's the fifth time in the last seven seasons UF is one of the eight squads nationally ranked in the championships. That's the most in the sport.

Florida is the top ranked squad of 10 SEC teams selected for the postseason, that's the most a single conference has ever received in the history of Baseball Championships.

In the region, top seed Florida leads off with number four and Colonial champ College of Charleston at 6 PM central. They're joined in Gainesville by number two Long Beach St and number three North Carolina. It's double-elimination, winner of the pool will face the winner of the Coral Gables regional hosted by Miami in the super regionals.