Senior Preston Tucker needs only one hit to take the Florida record as the third-ranked Gators prepare for their final regular-season series. The Gators open their series at Auburn tonight at 7 p.m. with Tucker sitting at 319 career hits.
The UF outfielder tied Mark Ellis’ career mark on Tuesday by going 2-for-3 in a 12-7 loss at Samford. The Gators are on an extended road trip in Alabama, playing in Tuesday’s game, a three-game series vs. the Tigers ending Saturday and starting the SEC Tournament on Tuesday.
Tucker is hitting .304 this season with 13 doubles, 12 home runs and 38 RBI. Barring injury or a long slump, he should break the record some time during the road trip.
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