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Barnhill powers Florida Gators softball to NCAA semifinals

Special report on the Florida Gators softball team:

OKLAHOMA CITY – Behind a balanced offensive attack, some stellar defense and a dominant performance from Kelly Barnhill, the University of Florida softball team blanked LSU, 7-0, to reach the semifinals of the Women's College World Series on Friday evening at ASA Hall of Fame Stadium.

After defeating Texas A&M on Thursday, 8-0, Florida (57-8) exploded for seven runs on nine hits on Friday. UF's 15 runs are the most its scored to open the WCWS since...

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Florida Gators softball starts WCWS with a run-rule win

Special report on the Florida Gators softball team:

OKLAHOMA CITY – The University of Florida softball team defeated Texas A&M, 8-0 (5 innings), on Thursday in the first game of the Women's College World Series. Florida (56-8) used two runs in the first, two in the second, one in the third and three in the fourth to defeat the ninth-seeded Aggies (47-12) in front of a large crowd at ASA Hall of Fame Stadium.

Sophomore Kelly Barnhill found herself in some immediate trouble on Thursday as a walk and an...

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WCWS preview for the Florida Gators softball team

The Women’s College World Series will get underway on Thursday morning in Oklahoma City when the number one seed Florida Gators softball team takes the field for the first game.

Joining the Gators in the World Series are Texas A&M, LSU, UCLA, Oregon, Washington, Oklahoma and Baylor. Florida will take on Texas A&M in game one on Thursday.

On Florida’s side of the bracket is Texas A&M, UCLA and LSU. The Gators only faced UCLA this year and they defeated the Bruins 9-4 in California.

GatorCountry.com will preview the Gators side of the bracket in this preview of the...

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SEC spring meetings and Florida Gators diamond sports: Podcast

GatorCountry brings you a new podcast as we discuss the Florida Gators diamond sports as the baseball team was selected as a national seed on Monday.

Andrew Spivey and Nick de la Torre also break down the SEC spring meetings that are taking place in Destin this week and the big topic is the graduation transfer rule. Andrew and Nick discuss that and Malik Zaire possibly choosing Florida if the rule is changed.

Andrew and Nick finish the podcast by talking recruiting and the Gators softball team in the Women's College World Series starting on Thursday...

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Florida Gators softball prepares for familiar foe in Alabama

It almost felt wrong to look at this season’s Florida Gators softball schedule and not see the Alabama Crimson Tide on it. Softball fans were deprived of one of the most iconic matchups not only in the SEC but in all of college softball.

“I think the one thing with the way the formula of the league schedule is it seems like every year you have someone you’re accustomed to playing every year, not on your schedule,” head coach Time Walton said of not playing Alabama in the regular season. “We’ve played them a bunch in the past few years. We’ve had some very meaningful...

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Florida Gators softball lands seven on NFCA All-Region Teams

The Florida Gators dominated the Southeast Region in this year’s NFCA D1 All-Region Teams, with seven players on the list between First Team and Second Team. In-state rival FSU was just behind Florida with six players receiving honors.

Sophomore pitcher Kelly Barnhill was named one of two pitchers on First-Team. This one was a no-brainer as Barnhill has not only been the best pitcher in the region but the best in the country all year long.

Barnhill is chasing records this season and even breaking some records already set by her. She has posted a 22-1 record with a nation-leading 0.33...

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Florida Gators softball dominates SEC postseason awards

The Florida Gators softball team ended the regular season last weekend and on Tuesday several players and coach Tim Walton received big accolades.

Walton won SEC coach of the year for the fifth time after leading the Gators to a 50-5 regular season record that included winning the SEC regular season title.

"Today is a very special day for the Gators softball program. I'm extremely proud of our players for being honored by the SEC and the SEC coaches." Walton told FloridaGators.com. "Our entire program shares these special awards from starters to non-starters and from managers to...

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Recapping the Florida Gators softball senior weekend

GatorCountry.com brings you this week’s Florida Gators softball review as the Gators finished the regular season by going 3-1 this past week. In this recap, we will break down the past week’s games, plus name a player of the week from the past week.

The Gators started the week off by dropping an extra inning game to Florida State on Wednesday before sweeping the weekend’s series. Florida played a rare out of conference weekend series that featured North Texas for three games and FAMU for one game.

Florida finishes the regular season with a 50-5 record and is SEC regular season...

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Barnhill sends Florida Gators softball to a win

Special report on the Florida Gators softball team:

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. – The No. 1-ranked University of Florida softball team shut out No. 8 Tennessee for the first time in Knoxville since 2012 with a 5-0 victory at Sherri Parker Lee Stadium. A stadium record crowd of 2,218 attended the series-opening win.

Reigning SEC Pitcher of the Week, Kelly Barnhill (21-0) was electric in the circle once again for the Gators (45-3, 19-2 SEC) and was backed up offensively by SEC Player of the Week Kayli Kvistad, who crushed a pair of solo home runs to bookend the teams scoring.

It all started...

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Recapping the Florida Gators softball team’s 4-0 week

GatorCountry.com brings you this week’s Florida Gators softball review as the Gators finished another perfect 4-0 week.. In this recap we will break down the past week’s games, plus name a player of the week from the past week.

The Gators started the week off by defeating UCF at home and then finished the week by sweeping Ole Miss. The Gators allowed just one run in four games this week.

Florida is now 44-3 on the year and will not play a midweek game before heading to Tennessee this weekend.

Results

Florida defeated UCF 9-1- winning pitcher Aleshia...

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Florida Gators softball sweeps away Ole Miss

Special report on the Florida Gators softball team:

GAINESVILLE, Fla. – No. 1-ranked Florida shut out No. 18 Ole Miss for the third consecutive game in a 5-0 decision to complete the series sweep at Katie Seashole Pressly Stadium. It’s the first time the Gators have shut out the Rebels in a three game series since the 2009 season.

Florida (44-3, 18-2 SEC) returned with sophomore Kelly Barnhill (20-0) in the circle in the final game and she hurled five innings before being relieved by junior standout Aleshia Ocasio for the final two innings of play. Barnhill...

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Florida Gators softball series preview for Ole Miss series

The No. 1 ranked Florida Gators softball team went 3-1 last week and knocked off Central Florida on Wednesday night to start this week off on a high note.

The Gators take their 41-3 record into a big SEC weekend series against no. 20 ranked Ole Miss starting on Friday.

This weekend the Gators will look to extend their SEC lead that is just one game over Texas A&M right now.

Entering this weekend the SEC has 8 teams ranked in the top 25 with Arkansas just outside of the top 25 this weekend.

How the teams have fared in conference play:

Florida comes...

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Recapping the Florida Gators softball series against Kentucky

GatorCountry.com brings you this week’s Florida Gators softball review as the Gators finished the week with a 3-1 record. In this recap we will break down the past week’s games, plus name a player of the week from the past week.

The Gators started the week off by defeating top ranked Florida State and then finished the week in Lexington, Kentucky. The Gators went 2-1 in the series and lost for just the third time this year.

Florida is now 40-3 on the year and head home for the next four games including a weekend SEC series.

Results

Florida defeated #1 FSU...

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Florida Gators softball wins behind Barnhill’s no-hitter

Special report on the Florida Gators softball team:

LEXINGTON, Ky. – Sophomore pitcher Kelly Barnhill (18-0) fueled the Florida softball team to its sixth-straight conference series win with her second career no-hitter in a 2-0 victory over No. 21 Kentucky at John Cropp Field. Barnhill struck out 15 Wildcats for the second time this series and issued one walk to Sarah Rainwater in the sixth.

This is first individual no-hitter of the season and second overall as Delanie Gourley and Aleshia Ocasio combined for one against South Carolina March 19. Gourley also...

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Kvistad pushes Florida Gators softball past FSU

Special report on the Florida Gators softball team:

GAINESVILLE, Fla. – The Fresh from Florida Sunshine Showdown was truly a showdown as No. 3 Florida walked-off to defeat No. 1 Florida State. Kayli Kvistad drove home Justine McLean for the most important and only run of the contest. The top of the seventh started with McLean as she reached  with a one-handed bunt single, her first of the year, to start the inning and two batters later was plated via Kvistad’s RBI single to right field.

The Gators (38-2) answered the bell against another Top 25 opponent,...

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Florida Gators softball sweeps UGA behind a dominant Barnhill

Special report on the Florida Gators softball team:
GAINESVILLE, Fla. – The Gators swept Georgia after the team put the finishing touches on the series with a 3-0 victory at Katie Seashole Pressly Stadium. Sophomore Kelly Barnhill struck out 14 Bulldogs for her 15th win of the season.

The 14 strikeouts was Barnhill’s second highest total in a game this season as her highest came in a game against Auburn earlier this year where she sat down 16 batters.

Florida (37-2, 13-1 SEC) broke the scoreless tie in the bottom of the third inning after the defense made an outstanding play at home...

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Florida Gators softball defeats Georgia at home

Special report on the Florida Gators softball team:

GAINESVILLE, Fla. – In front of a Katie Seashole Pressly Stadium record crowd of 2,497 people, the University of Florida softball team shutout Georgia 5-0 Saturday, April 8. It’s the first time the Gators have shutout the Bulldogs since April 28, 2013 in Gainesville.

The tone was set from start with starting pitcher Kelly Barnhill (14-0) and the Florida defense working out of a jam where Georgia put their first two batters on with no outs. Barnhill dealt back-to-back strikeouts and catcher Janell Wheaton gunned...

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Previewing the Florida Gators softball series against Georgia

The No. 3 ranked Florida Gators softball team went 4-0 last week and knocked off North Florida on Wednesday night to start this week off on a high note.

The Gators take their 34-2 record into a huge weekend series against number 19 Georgia starting on Saturday.

This weekend the Gators will look to get revenge against Georgia after the Bulldogs eliminated Florida at home in the super regionals last year.

Entering this weekend the SEC has 11 teams ranked in the top 25 with South Carolina just outside of the top 25 this weekend.

How the teams have fared in...

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Recapping the Florida Gators softball series against Arkansas

GatorCountry.com brings you this week’s Florida Gators softball review as the Gators finished the week with a perfect 4-0 record. In this recap, we will break down the past week’s games, plus name a player of the week from the past week.

The Gators went on the road to Fayetteville to take on Arkansas and swept the Razorbacks in SEC play. Florida also run-ruled Bethune-Cookman on Wednesday at home last week.

Florida is now 33-2 on the year and head home for the next five games including a weekend SEC series.

Results

Florida defeated Bethune-Cookman...

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Florida Gators softball preview for Arkansas series

The No. 2 ranked Florida Gators softball team went 3-1 last week and run ruled Bethune-Cookman on Wednesday night to start this week off on a high note.

The Gators take their 30-2 record on a long road trip to take number 24 ranked Arkansas.

This weekend the Gators will take on an Arkansas team that has improved tremendously and have a record of 22-9 this year.

Entering this weekend the SEC has 8 teams ranked in the top 25 with Ole Miss and Missouri are just outside of the top 25 this weekend.

How the teams have fared in conference play:

Florida...

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Florida Gators softball wins series and game 2 against AU

Special report on the Florida Gators softball team:

GAINESVILLE, Fla. – The University of Florida softball team clinched the series for the ninth-consecutive time against Auburn with a 7-0 victory in the second game Sunday, March 26, at Katie Seashole Pressly Stadium. The Gators have won every three-game series dating back to the 2005 season.

Sophomore Kelly Barnhill fueled the Gators (29-1, 7-0 SEC) to their 20th-straight victory behind a season-high 16 strikeouts. Barnhill limited a potent Tigers (27-5, 2-3 SEC) offense to just two hits, both of which recorded by Kasey...

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Florida Gators softball preview for the Auburn series

The No. 2 ranked Florida Gators softball team went a perfect 4-0 last week and run-ruled USF on Wednesday night to start this week off on a high note.

The Gators take their 27-1 record and 19 game winning streak into a tough home series against number 4 ranked Auburn this weekend.

This weekend the Gators will take on an Auburn team who is 27-3 and 2-1 in conference play.

Entering this weekend the SEC has 10 teams ranked in the top 25 and Missouri is just outside of the top 25 this weekend.

How the teams have fared in conference play:

Florida comes...

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Recapping the Florida Gators softball sweep of South Carolina

GatorCountry.com brings you this week’s Florida Gators softball review as the Gators finished the week with a perfect 4-0 record. In this recap, we will break down the past week’s games, plus name a player of the week from the past week.

The Gators went on the road to South Carolina this weekend and swept the series while only allowing one run and also won a midweek game against North Dakota State.

Florida is now 26-1 on the year and head home for the next five games including a weekend SEC series.

Results

Florida defeated North Dakota State 13-0 –...

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Offense powers Florida Gators softball past South Carolina

Special report on the Florida Gators softball team:

COLUMBIA, S.C. – The University of Florida softball program clinched its 10th straight three-game series over the University of South Carolina with a 13-1 decision in five innings during the second game of the three-game series on Saturday, March 18, at Beckham Field. In 2007 & 2008, the Gators and the Gamecocks played doubleheaders during the midweek between conference weekends.

The Gators (25-1, 4-0 SEC) tallied 13 runs on nine hits while Gamecocks (19-9, 1-4 SEC) managed one run on just two...

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Florida Gators softball preview for South Carolina series

The No. 2 ranked Florida Gators softball team started SEC play by going 2-0 against Missouri before Monday’s game was canceled due to rain.

The Gators take their 23-1 record on the road this weekend to continue SEC play in a three-game series.

This weekend the Gators will take on South Carolina who enters with a 19-7 record and receiving votes in the top 25 poll this week.

Entering this weekend the SEC has 9 teams ranked in the top 25 and Arkansas is just outside of the top 25 this weekend.

How the teams have fared in conference play:

Florida comes...

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Florida Gators softball blows out North Dakota State 13-0

Special report on the Florida Gators softball team:

GAINESVILLE, Fla. – Behind career-high afternoons from Janell Wheaton and Chelsea Herndon, the University of Florida softball team defeated North Dakota State University 13-0 in five innings Wednesday, March 15 at Katie Seashole Pressly Stadium.
Junior Aleshia Ocasio (4-0) picked up the start in the circle for the Gators and combined with freshman Katie Chronister (2) to record the third-straight shutout and the 16th of the season.
The Florida offense started blazing hot as the team found itself in scoring position in the first inning...

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Florida Gators softball clinches series against Missouri

Special report on the Florida Gators softball team:

GAINESVILLE, Fla. – The No. 3-ranked University of Florida softball team clinched the series over No. 24 Missouri with a 1-0 victory in game two behind a strong pitching performance from sophomore Kelly Barnhill Sunday, March 12 at Katie Seashole Pressly Stadium.

Barnhill (9-0) scattered three hits and recorded 12 strikeouts on just 84 pitches in the complete-game effort that secured the Gators (22-1, 2-0 SEC) 15th shutout of the season in just 22 games.

Missouri (11-10, 0-2 SEC) never managed to move a runner into scoring...

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Recapping Judi Garman Classic for Florida Gators softball

GatorCountry.com brings you this week’s Florida Gators softball review as the Gators finished the Judi Garman Classic a perfect 5-0. In this recap, we will break down the past week’s games, plus name a player of the week from the past week.

The Gators defeated two top 25 teams and outscored the five teams 45-8 over the weekend.

Florida is now 20-1 on the year and head home for a little break before the Gators start SEC play on Saturday.

Results

Florida defeated Iowa 8-0 – winning pitcher Delanie Gourley
Florida defeated Long Beach State 17-0 – winning...

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Florida Gators softball finishes perfect weekend in California

Special report on the Florida Gators softball team:

No. 3-ranked University of Florida softball team concluded a 5-0 week at the Judi Garman Classic with a 9-4 win over Northwestern Saturday, March 4, at Anderson Family Field.

The entire week was much like a homecoming of sorts for the six California natives on the team along with coaches and staff with west coast ties. Fans tailgated and filed into Anderson Family Field for each day and game the Gators played in.

Today, the Gators (20-1) ended their trip to the west coast the same way that it started. With a win. The team produced...

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Florida Gators softball preview for Judi Garman Classic

The No. 3 ranked Florida Gators softball team went undefeated in the Citrus Classic last weekend in Orlando, Florida despite an extra inning game.

The Gators take their 15-1 record into another weekend tournament this time it’s the Judi Garman Classic in Fullerton, California where the Gators will be tested.

This weekend the Gators will play five games in three days against five different teams in California. The Gators will start play on Thursday before finishing on Saturday afternoon.

Florida will be facing these teams this weekend in Fullerton, California. Iowa, Long Beach State,...

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