Florida didn't look like one of the nation's best baseball teams in March.
But the Gators bounced back from a mediocre start to earn the No. 1 seed in this week's Southeastern Conference tournament in Hoover, Alabama.
Florida (37-19, 21-9 SEC) thrived during league play despite a young roster and constantly changing roles for the pitching staff. The Gators are one of a handful of SEC teams — along with Vanderbilt, South Carolina and Ole Miss — still hoping to earn one of the eight national seeds for the NCAA tournament.
Play begins on Tuesday with the No. 5 through No. 12 seeds facing off in a single-elimination knockout round. The top four seeds receive a bye to Wednesday's second round, which is the beginning of a double-elimination format.