GAINESVILLE, Fla. -- The Florida baseball team, after 12 days on the road, finally arrived back to campus around 4 a.m. Monday.
Several hours earlier in Hoover, Ala., the Gators boarded a bus for home following a 2-0 loss to LSU in the SEC tournament championship game.
They were foggy and bleary-eyed by the time they made it home from their journey, first a three-game series at Tennessee and then the SEC tournament. But by mid-Monday afternoon the Gators had reason to be rejuvenated when it was announced they were the No. 2 overall seed in the NCAA tournament.
In a season that started with ample questions and few concrete answers, the Gators built an identity that resulted in the program's first SEC regular-season title in three seasons.
"We just know how to win, that's it," junior catcher Taylor Gushue said. "We're not going to impress you with a whole bunch of 'wow' factors, but take our 40-win season and the hardest schedule in the nation to be your 'wow' factor. It's just one ...