Florida’s amazing softball run at the SEC Tournament obviously made quite an impression on the NCAA Selection Committee.
Florida (44-15) received the No. 5 national seed on Sunday night and will play host to Boston University (37-18) on Friday at 2:30 p.m.
Florida finished the regular season with a 12-12 SEC record and was not expected to be a national seed, but swept through the conference tourney in College Station, Texas, behind tournament MVP Kelly Barnhill.
Barnhill won three straight games and only allowed one run in those games.
The first game in the Gainesville Regional will pit Boise State (34-14) against Stanford (32-18) at noon. The winners and losers from the first day will play on Saturday in the double elimination tournament.
Florida will be playing in the NCAA Tournament for the 20th time and 17th consecutively. The Gators are 84-42 in tournament play, 79-30 under Tim Walton.
Florida has hosted the first round of the regionals every year the Gators have advanced to the tournament.
Walton’s UF teams have only failed to get out the regional play twice — in his first season (2006) and in 2012.
By securing a national seed, Florida would play host to the Super Regionals if the Gators advance out of this weekend.
The regional opposite Florida’s side includes 12th-seeded Tennessee, meaning Florida could face an SEC team in the Super Regionals for the fifth straight season.
The other teams in that regional are North Carolina, Ohio State and Longwood.
Florida is the highest seed from the SEC as regular-season champ Alabama is the eighth seed despite sweeping Florida in the regular season. LSU (10th seed), Ole Miss (11) and Kentucky (14) also will host regionals from the SEC. The conference ended up with 13 of the 64 teams in the NCAAs.
Defending national champion FSU is the fourth seed.
All fans will be able to order tickets beginning Tuesday at 1 p.m. while Florida softball season ticket holders still have the opportunity to put in their order now.
To order, visit www.FloridaGators.com/tickets, call the Gator Ticket Office at (352) 375-4683, ext. 6800 or toll free (800) 344-2867 or visit the Gator Ticket Office, located at Gate 1 of Ben Hill Griffin Stadium.