Florida, which finished runner-up in the College World Series this past season and won a share of the SEC regular-season title, have a tough conference schedule for the 2024 campaign.
The SEC announced Wednesday its conference baseball schedule for the 2024 season. Conference play starts March 15 and concludes May 18.
Florida Gators Opponents
Coming off a 20-10 SEC regular season and a league tournament semifinal appearance, the Gators will look to improve on this record. Their most notable matchup is a College World Series final rematch at LSU set for March 22-24. Another notable matchup is a Super Regional rematch at home against South Carolina on April 12-14.
The rest of the Gators home matchups consist of Texas A&M on the opening weekend (March 15-17), Mississippi State (March 29-31), Tennessee (May 3-5) and Kentucky (May 10-12). The rest of the away matchups are Missouri (April 5-7), Vanderbilt (April 19-21), Arkansas (April 26-28) and Georgia (Thursday May 16-Saturday May 18).
What a stretch of games for @gatorsbb
April 12-14: South Carolina
April 19-21: at Vanderbilt
April 26-28: at Arkansas
May 3-5: Tennesseehttps://t.co/p6G6IPWucX
— Nick de la Torre (@delatorre) September 13, 2023
The Home Matchups
The Gators start their home schedule against Texas A&M, which finished 38-27 overall and 14-16 in conference play last season, but won two out of three games against the Gators in College Station. The Gators won the first game 6-5 then lost the next two 15-2 and 3-2.
Their next home matchup is against Mississippi State, which finished 27-26, but went 9-21 in conference play. South Carolina comes to Gainesville for the next matchup looking to avenge a two-game sweep in the Super Regional. The Gamecocks finished 42-21 and 16-13 in conference play.
The Gators take on Tennessee in their next series. The Vols went 44-22 and 16-14 in conference play. The Gators won the series in Knoxville in last season’s matchup. Their final home series is against Kentucky, which went 40-21 and 16-14 in conference play. The Gators won two games in Lexington last season.
The Away Matchups
Florida’s away slate starts at LSU. The Gators are looking to avenge the CWS loss. LSU went 54-17 and 19-10 in conference play last season.
The Gators also travel to Missouri, which they swept in the season series last year. Missouri went 30-24 overall and 10-20 in conference play.
The Gators also travel to Vanderbilt, which eliminated them in the SEC tournament semifinal. The Gators, however, swept Vanderbilt in the regular season. Vanderbilt finished 42-20 and 19-11 in conference play.
Florida travels to Arkansas, which went 43-18 and 20-10 in conference play to earn a share of the conference title with the Gators.
The last SEC matchup before the league tourney is against Georgia. Despite Georgia finishing 29-27 overall and 11-19 in conference play, they played the Gators tough last season. Florida won two out of three, but the Bulldogs won the first game 13-11.