The Baseball Grounds of Jacksonville will host a matchup of top 10 teams tonight when the 8th-ranked Florida Gators play as the home sqaud against the 4th-ranked Florida State Seminoles.
The two teams have already faced off twice this year, once in Tampa and once in Gainesville. The Seminoles (19-4) claimed the first meeting 10-5, while the Gators (18-5) won the second game 8-5.
The Gators are led by freshman catcher Austin Maddox, a product of Jacksonville's Eagle's View Academy. Maddox leads the team with a .378 batting average and seven home runs. Aside from Maddox, the Gator's have five other starters currently hitting over .300.
Florida will be looking to rebound from their first series loss of the season this past weekend. The Gators dropped the first two of a three game series at Ole Miss, although they came back with an emphatic 13-1 victory on Sunday.
Besides the hot bats, the success the Gators have enjoyed this year has been largely attributable to the relief pitching. UF relievers are 7-0 on the season, and the Gators have yet to lose a game when leading after the seventh inning.
This is now the fourth straight year that Jacksonville has played host to a baseball game between these two rivals. Florida State won 2 of the first 3 meetings, including a rain-shortened 3-2 triumph in 2009. The Gators will look to improve on their 3-4 2010 record when away from Gainesville.
Tonight's game will start at 7pm, and tickets are available at Ticketmaster outlets or at the stadium.