Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

Timely Hot Streak Lifts Gators' NCAA Hopes

Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

Timely Hot Streak Lifts Gators' NCAA Hopes

Article excerpt

GAINESVILLE -- These days in college baseball, it's all about

numbers and letters. Wins and RPI.

As in, Rating Percentage Index. At the University of Florida,

they're both finally beginning to mesh.

The 19th-ranked Gators, in the middle of a hot run when it

matters most, battered South Florida 17-7 yesterday at McKethan

Stadium to move one game closer to 35 wins -- the likely number

of wins needed for a spot in the NCAA Tournament.

Florida hit a season-high six home runs -- including three from

shortstop Mark Ellis -- and continued a monthlong turnaround

going into a key Southeastern Conference series this weekend.

The Gators (34-19 overall, 15-12 SEC) play host to rival

Tennessee (40-13, 16-11) for the East Division title.

"They say [the NCAA Tournament committee] looks at RPI's, they

look at how a team finishes," said Florida coach Andy Lopez. "I

hope they do, because if that's the case, our chances are

getting better. …

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