Gators News: Championship weekend ahead for Florida sports

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Another weekend is finally upon us, and while the final days of May fade away into the summer months, Gators sports are engaged in postseason play as the university’s athletic programs battle for their respective national titles. Over the next few days, the baseball team continues its grueling play in the SEC Tournament while the softball, men’s golf, and track and field teams all compete in their respective NCAA Tournaments. Then there is men’s tennis player Sam Riffice, who looks to become just the third-ever men’s player to win an individual national championship.

Here is a look at what happened on Thursday and what the weekend has in store for Gators sports.

Baseball

https://twitter.com/GatorsBB/status/1398078919228772352 The No. 6 seed baseball team continued its tear through the Southeastern Conference Tournament on Thursday with an authoritative 7-2 win over the No. 10 seed Alabama Crimson Tide. Florida's next stop is the semifinals on Saturday when the Gators will play the winner of the losers bracket match between 'Bama and No. 2-seeded Tennessee, with first pitch slated for 1 p.m. EDT.

Men's tennis

https://twitter.com/TennisONEApp/status/1398021364221677578 The men's tennis team's lone representative remaining in the 2021 NCAA Singles Tournament, No. 6-seeded Sam Riffice, advanced to the NCAA Singles Tournament finals after a 7-6 (5), 2-6, 6-1 victory over No. 1-seeded Liam Draxl of the Kentucky Wildcats. The title game is scheduled for Friday at noon EDT against No. 2-seeded Daniel Rodrigues of the South Carolina Gamecocks. A win would make Riffice just the third-ever Gators men's tennis player to win an individual national title.

Track and field

https://twitter.com/GatorsTF/status/1398069408761847814 https://twitter.com/GatorsTF/status/1398065735272996865 https://twitter.com/GatorsTF/status/1398046222997504002 https://twitter.com/GatorsTF/status/1398019182172721156 https://twitter.com/GatorsTF/status/1398012019081625603 The track and field teams continue competition in the 2021 NCAA Outdoor Championships taking place from Wednesday until Saturday, with the women earning two NCAA Outdoor Championships berths and advancing six runners at the NCAA East Preliminary in Jacksonville at the end of competition Thursday. Events continue today and tomorrow and can be watched here and here, respectively.

Men's golf

https://twitter.com/GatorsGolf/status/1397950916620439561 The men's golf team heads to Scottsdale, Arizona, for the 2021 NCAA Men's Golf Championships this weekend riding the No. 18 seed. The tournament is set to begin on Friday, May 28 and continue through Wednesday, June 2. The Gators will begin first-round play today at 9:10 a.m. EDT and their second-round tee time set for 2:30 p.m. EDT on Saturday.

Softball

https://twitter.com/GatorsSB/status/1397695928883089409 The softball squad kicks off its 13th NCAA Super Regional series against Southeastern Conference rivals the Georgia Bulldogs this weekend in a three-game set starting Friday. The Gators enter the tournament the No. 4 seed and hold an all-time record of 21-8 in 12 Super Regional appearances, having advanced to the Women's College World Series 10 times. First pitch today is at 5 p.m. EDT and can be watched on ESPNU, while Saturday is slated for a noon EDT start — as well as Sunday, if necessary. The latter two games will be broadcast on ESPN.

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