Well, this is interesting.
The No. 4 Florida baseball team opens play in the SEC Tournament against the one team that gave it the most trouble in the regular-season.
One of the few conference teams that tripped up the Gators, for that matter.
Florida (40-15, 21-9), the SEC’s top seed, starts the conference tournament with the late game Wednesday night at the Hoover (Ala.) Met against No. 8 seed Auburn (35-22, 16-14), which swept the Gators to open league play this spring.
Auburn advanced to the matchup with an opening-day 5-4 win over Ole Miss.
By virtue of their opening-day bye, the Gators are automatically in the double-elimination portion of the tournament
They closed the regular season with 12 wins in their final 13 SEC games to claim a share of the regular-season conference championship with LSU.
The Florida-Auburn showdown is scheduled as the last game of the day Wednesday, tentatively set for 9 p.m. ET.
The game will be shown on SEC Network and can be streamed online via WatchESPN.
Tom Hart is on the play-by-play call with Kyle Peterson and Laura Rutledge as the in-game reporter.
Looking at Auburn
The Tigers took two out of three games against Ole Miss to close the regular season before winning the SEC Tournament opener against the Rebels on Tuesday night.
Auburn is led offensively by junior Jonah Todd, who is batting .385 with 13 doubles, 5 triples and 35 RBIs. He is the only hitter in the lineup batting better than .300.
While Keegan Thompson and Casey Mize combined on the mound for game one, the Tigers have righty Davis Daniel (4-2, 4.91 ERA) among others available for Wednesday night.
Auburn swept the regular-season series with Florida, 14-3, 2-1 and 6-5, back in mid March.
-Florida is scheduled to use its normal weekend rotation with right-hander Alex Faedo (7-2, 2.89 ERA) starting the first game, righty Brady Singer (7-3, 2.67) going in the second game and righty Jackson Kowar (10-0, 3.84) starting the Gators’ third game if they advance.
-The Gators have won 7 SEC Tournament titles in program history with the most recent coming in 2015. That was one of two tournament championships under coach Kevin O’Sullivan.
-By tying atop the standings with LSU, Florida claimed its 14th SEC championship last weekend. The Gators won 15 of their final 18 league games after a 6-6 start.
-JJ Schwarz is batting .414 (24-for-58) with 5 home runs and 20 RBI in the last 17 games.