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Gators reassert themselves as title contenders

Published on NewsOK Modified: May 7, 2014 at 3:55 pm •  Published: May 7, 2014
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Florida has bounced back from a disappointing 2013 baseball campaign to regain its customary status as a Southeastern Conference heavyweight and national title contender.

The Gators (33-16, 18-6 SEC) have won 11 straight conference games to tie a 46-year-old school record. Florida had won six straight games overall before falling 4-2 to Mercer on Tuesday.

Florida owns a three-game advantage over Mississippi in the overall league standings and is four games up on defending league regular-season champion Vanderbilt in the Eastern Division. Florida hosts Vanderbilt (36-13, 14-10) in a three-game series beginning Thursday.

The Gators' surge represents quite a change from last year, when Florida finished 29-30 despite making a sixth straight NCAA regional appearance. Florida is one of a handful of SEC teams showing marked improvement this year.