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UConn Baseball Headed to Gainesville Regional

The Huskies received a 3-seed and will play their first NCAA Tournament game against Georgia Tech.

Photos: UCF Knights @ UConn Huskies Baseball - 5/14/16 Ian Bethune/The UConn Blog

The NCAA Tournament bracket has been announced and UConn is headed to Florida. The Huskies have drawn the third seed in the Gainesville Regional, hosted top-seeded University of Florida. UConn will be playing No. 2 Georgia Tech. 4-seed Bethune Cookman rounds out the regional.

Florida comes into the tournament after losing the SEC Championship Game to Texas A&M, who is also a one seed. The Gators have a 47-13 record and finished fourth in the SEC standings, with regular season series wins against Miami (FL), Texas A&M (sweep) and Vanderbilt, all regional hosts. Florida is the No. 1 overall team in RPI.

Georgia Tech went 36-23 in the regular season, with a 13-16 ACC record, good for ninth in the conference standings. The Yellow Jackets won their play-in game in the ACC Tournament against Boston College, but went 0-3 in pool play, losing to three regional hosts; Miami (FL), Florida State and NC State. Georgia Tech comes into the tournament with a 1-5 record in its last six games. They are 20th in RPI.

The Huskies are one of the hottest teams in the country. They finished 37-23, third in the American Athletic Conference. After getting swept by ECU on Commencement Weekend, UConn flipped a switch. The Huskies bumped their RPI up more than 30 spots to 52nd, won their final nine regular season games and only lost once in the AAC Tournament, getting the automatic bid by winning the tournament. UConn is 13-1 in their last 14 games.

Bethune-Cookman, of the Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference, earned the conference's automatic bid by winning the conference tournament after finishing third in the MEAC standings. They finished with a 29-25 record and have won six straight heading into the NCAA Tournament. Bethune-Cookman sits at 162 in RPI.

UConn's opening game of the tournament is against Georgia Tech on Friday at 1 p.m. and will be televised on ESPN 3.