Gators, USF to play in Lakeland

A Gators baseball players swings at a pitch.

A Gators baseball players swings at a pitch.

Two top-ranked college baseball teams will play in Lakeland this Sunday.

And one just happens to be the Florida Gators.

Publix Field at Joker Marchant Stadium will play host to the University of Florida and University of South Florida baseball teams in an exhibition game on Sunday, Oct. 28, at 2 p.m.

The game is possible thanks to a recent NCAA rule change that allows Division I collegiate baseball teams permission to play two exhibition games during the non-championship segment of the season.

The 2017 National Champion Florida Gators were the No. 1 ranked team in the country for most of the 2018 season, earning their fourth consecutive trip to the College World Series and finishing the season with a 49-21 record.

The Bulls, nationally ranked in the top 25 for part of the 2018 season, finished the season with a 36-22-1 record.

Tickets are available online at or by calling the BayCare box office at (863) 413-4140. Tickets can also be purchased at the BayCare box office weekdays from 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. Group sales of more than 20 tickets are possible by calling (863) 413-4115.

The Florida Gators will play as the home team and occupy the third base dugout.

For more information, contact the BayCare box office at (863) 413-4140.