Baseball Preview: Florida Gators @ Tennessee Volunteers – April 13-15, 2012

Fresh off of a victory over No. 1 Florida State, the No. 7 Florida Gators are back to the SEC and conference rivals Tennessee. The three-game weekend series is an important one for the Gators who are 5-5 over their last 10. Three strong wins over the Volunteers will restore confidence in the orange and blue camp.

The Facts

Opponent: Tennessee Volunteers
When: Friday, April 13 – 6:00pm; Saturday, April 14 – 3:00pm; Sunday, April 15 – 2:00pm
Where: Knoxville, TN
Broadcast: Fox Sports Florida (Game Two)
Records: Florida: 26-7, Tennessee: 20-13
Rankings: Florida: 7, Tennessee: NR
Current Streak: Florida: W1, Tennessee: L3

The Preview

The Gators head into this series in need of three wins. What was once considered the nation’s dominant team has taken a step back in recent weeks after that .500 record over the last 10. Florida is still among the few considered to be real contenders for the national title, but confidence isn’t as high as it once was.

The Gators need to get back on track in virtually every aspect of the game, but mostly need to find their offensive consistency. The last time Florida scored 10 or more runs in a game was March 16 against Vanderbilt. Close games must also turn in the Gators favor eventually. Three of the last four defeats have come by only one run.

Make no mistake; this is still a very talented squad and one that can go far this season. That consistency just needs to return. The runs are starting to come back (the Gators have scored five or more runs in each of the last seven), but the wins needs to as well (Florida is 3-4 over that same stretch). This weekend will be a test for the Gators, but also a chance to pick up some much needed momentum.

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