UF roundup: 2018 baseball schedule released




2018 schedule released

Florida baseball fans looking to make plans for the spring can mark their calendars. The 2018 schedule has been released in full, with opening weekend set for Feb. 16-18 against Siena at McKethan Stadium.

The home schedule features 34 games with five Southeastern Conference series’ on tap. In 10 seasons under coach Kevin O’Sullivan, UF holds a 296-84 (.779) record at McKethan Stadium.

Florida will travel to Miami for a weekend series in Week 2 and wrap up non-conference play at home against Stony Brook (March 2-4) and Rhode Island (March 9-11). The Gators begin league play on the road at South Carolina (March 16-18).

Series against Arkansas, Vanderbilt, Missouri, Auburn and Georgia make up the SEC home schedule. In addition to South Carolina, UF will make road trips to Tennessee, Kentucky, Texas A&M and Mississippi State.

The annual “Fresh from Florida” Sunshine Showdown against Florida State has three dates: March 13 in Gainesville, March 27 at the Baseball Grounds of Jacksonville and April 10 in Tallahassee.


The Gators begin fall practice Oct. 11.

Season tickets can be purchased through the Gator Ticket office, online (FloridaGators.com/tickets) or on phone 1-800-34-GATOR or (352) 375-4683.


No. 9 Florida faces Missouri today at home

The Gator soccer team begins four consecutive Thursday home appearances when Missouri visits for UF’s annual Kicking for the Cure match (cancer awareness match). Match time is 6 p.m. at the James G. Pressly Stadium. Admission is free for all Gator soccer regular-season matches.

School colors will be set aside today, as the Gators will wear pink to show their support for the fight against breast cancer.

The first 250 fans receive a pink Kicking for the Cure T-shirt. Also, take advantage of the Thursday Soccer $1 Concession deal — 12 ounce drink and a large popcorn for just $1 each.

Florida (9-2, 3-1 SEC) is Missouri’s second top-25 opponent of 2017. Defending NCAA champion and then No. 7 Southern California defeated Missouri 2-0 on Sept. 1. UF and MU (5-7-1, 1-3) have faced three common opponents – Iowa State (UF and MU wins), Texas A&M (UF and MU losses) and Georgia (UF and MU wins). Missouri is coming off a 5-3 road loss to Vanderbilt last Friday.

Freshman Tess Rellihan leads the Tigers with five goals and 11 points.