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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 advances to the Super Regionals

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GAINESVILLE, Fla. – The University of Florida softball team advanced to the NCAA Super Regional round for the 10th time in program history after the team downed Oklahoma State 5-0 in game seven of the NCAA Gainesville Regional.

The Gators (53-7) were upended 1-0 in the first game of the day by the Cowgirls (38-25) but rebounded with resounding force in a winner take all contest.

Senior Delanie Gourley (20-4) received the nod to start in the circle for the final game and set the tone as she struck out the side on just 12...

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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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Kvistad pushes Florida Gators softball past FSU

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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 defeats Georgia at home

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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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Lorenz powers Florida Gators softball past UNF

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GAINESVILLE, Fla. – Amanda Lorenz belted a pair of home runs and drew a bases loaded walk, which helped propel the University of Florida softball team to a 5-1 victory over North Florida Wednesday, April 5 at Katie Seashole Pressly Stadium.

The Gators (34-2, 10-1 SEC) struck first when Lorenz sent the second pitch from Osprey hurler Amanda Blanchard (4-3) over the center field wall. Jaimie Hoover capped off the scoring in the bottom of the first inning with her second SAC fly of the season, which scored junior Nicole...

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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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Offensive explosion leads Florida Gators softball to 15-7 win

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Florida Gators softball wins series and game 2 against AU

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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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Seventh inning rally pushes Florida Gators softball past AU

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GAINESVILLE, Fla. – It came down to the final at-bat and aggressive base running as junior Nicole DeWitt provided a walk-off single to complete the comeback and give the No. 2-ranked University of Florida softball team a 4-3 win over No. 4 Auburn in the initial game of the series Saturday, March 25 at Katie Seashole Pressly Stadium.

Alex Voss scored the tying run from second base while redshirt-freshman Sophia Reynoso raced home from first base for the go-ahead run. DeWitt’s game-winning single hit off the outstretched glove of...

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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

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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 the Aquafina Invitational

The No. 1 ranked Florida Gators softball team began the season with a perfect weekend in Tampa followed by a midweek win against Jacksonville.

The Gators take their perfect 6-0 record into their home opener this weekend when they host the Aquafina Invitational tournament.

This weekend the Gators will play five games in three days against four different teams in Gainesville. Despite none of them being ranked, the Gators competition will still be tough.

Joining Florida in Gainesville will be Northwestern State, Maryland, FIU and Florida A&M.

Here’s the schedule for this...

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Florida Gators softball recap from Regional play

GatorCountry.com brings you this week’s Florida Gators softball review as the Gators won the Gainesville regional and advanced to the Super Regionals. In this recap we will break down the past week’s games, plus name a player of the week from the past week.

Florida cruised through the regional this past weekend and for the third straight year finished the regional without giving up a run. The Gators have thrown 10 consecutive shutouts in regional play, which spans over 79.1 innings.

The Gators will participate in the Super Regional for the ninth time in 10 years and for the fourth...

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Florida Gators softball cruises to win Gainesville regional

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GAINESVILLE, Fla. -- The No. 1-seeded University of Florida softball team advanced to NCAA Super Regionals with an 8-0 run-rule victory over UCF in the Gainesville Regional Final Sunday at KSP Stadium. With the win, UF earned a Super Regional berth for ninth time in 10 seasons. The Gators (56-5) blanked UCF (38-22) for a second time this weekend behindAleshia Ocasio's (22-1) three-hit shutout. Ocasio fanned seven and gave up just one walk in Sunday's showdown. After...

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No. 1 Florida Gators softball defeats No. 20 USF

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GAINESVILLE, Fla. – The No. 1-ranked Florida softball team (42-3) defeated No. 23 USF (39-11), 3-0, on Wednesday night at KSP Stadium. The Gators recorded their second win this season over South Florida and UF is now unbeaten in 30 non-conference contests in 2016. After each team loaded the bases in the first inning and failed to push a run across home plate, the game remained scoreless until the fifth when Florida scored the game's only three runs on four hits. Amanda...

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Florida Gators softball recap following LSU sweep

GatorCountry.com brings you this week’s Florida Gators softball review as the Gators swept a weekend series. 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 swept its second consecutive SEC series and in the process of that they set a Florida program record for the best start in school history, as the Gators are now 33-1 on the year.

Florida has now outscored its opponents this year by a score of 220-30 and the Gators are now 8-1 in the SEC, which is the best record in the...

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Florida Gators softball finishes off sweep of LSU

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BATON ROUGE, La. - Freshman Amanda Lorenz went 3-for-3 with a career-high tying three RBI and freshman Kelly Barnhill picked up her 11th win as No. 1 Florida Gators defeated No. 7 LSU Tigers, 6-2, to sweep its second SEC series of the season. The Gators (33-1/8-1 SEC) swept the Tigers (26-8/3-6 SEC) for the first time since April 3-4, 2010.

In addition, this weekend marked the first time since April 18-19, 2009 that Florida recorded a three-game sweep of the Tigers in Baton Rouge, La. During that series, UF shutout the Tigers in all three...

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Two shutouts push Florida Gators softball past LSU

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BATON ROUGE, La. – The No. 1-ranked University of Florida (32-1/7-1 SEC) softball team swept a Friday doubleheader against Southeastern Conference rival No. 7 LSU (26-7/3-5 SEC) with two shutout wins at Tiger Park. Florida scored six runs in the doubleheader, taking Game 1 by a 3-0 score before clinching the holiday weekend series with a 3-0 (nine innings) victory.

Tiger Park held an LSU-record 3,242 fans on Friday.

With the pair of victories, Florida is now 32-1 on the season, which is the best start in school history. In addition, UF has...

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Recap of the Florida Gators softball perfect week

GatorCountry.com brings you this week’s Florida Gators softball review as the Gators won four games last week. In this recap we will break down the past week’s games, plus name a player of the week.

The Gators won a mid week game against Winthrop on Wednesday, which was the 200th win for this senior class and places them eighth on the all-time Florida list.

Florida continued Wednesday’s momentum into a SEC series sweep against the visiting No. 16 Tennessee Volunteers

Florida has now outscored its opponents this year by a score of 208-28 and the Gators are now 30-1 on the year....

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#1 Florida Gators softball clinches series against #16 Tennessee

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GAINESVILLE, Fla. – Sophomores Nicole DeWitt and Kayli Kvistad drove in all four Florida runs, while freshman Kelly Barnhill earned her 10th win in the circle during Saturday's rain-delayed series-clinching win, as No. 1 Florida downed No. 16 Tennessee, 4-2.

With the win, UF continued its streak of not dropping a series against Tennessee in Gainesville since 2007. In addition, Florida has now opened Southeastern Conference play with back-to-back series victories for the first time since 2014.

Barnhill (10-0) allowed two runs on four...

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Florida Gators softball clinches series against Auburn

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GAINESVILLE, Fla. – Freshman Amanda Lorenz, sophomore Nicole DeWitt and senior Taylore Fuller all hit home runs and recorded a combined eight RBI in Sunday's series-clinching win, as No. 1 Florida downed No. 3 Auburn, 8-5.

UF has continued its streak of not dropping a series in Auburn, Ala. since 2005 and opens Southeastern Conference play with a series win for the first time since 2014.

Kelly Barnhill started in the circle for the Gators, but it was sophomore Aleshia Ocasio (9-0) who relieved the freshman and stole the show....

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New pieces must fill a void for the Gators line-up

Friday night will bring about an odd feeling for Tim Walton when he turns in the Florida Gators softball lineup card for their first game in Tampa, Florida.

For the time in four years Walton isn’t able to pencil in Lauren Haeger’s name or Bailey Castro’s name in that line-up. Not only will it be tough for Walton, but also it will force other players to step and produce what those two ladies did for the Gators the last four years.

Haeger and Castro were the home run hitters, the big hitters for this team and Walton says it will take multiple people to fill the 36 home run void they...

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Florida advances to the Championship series

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OKLAHOMA CITY – Freshman Nicole DeWitt sent the University of Florida softball team to the Women’s College World Series Championship Series with a single to left field which scored sophomore Justine McLean in the bottom of the ninth inning, to give the Gators a thrilling extra-inning victory over Auburn, 3-2, on Sunday at ASA Hall of Fame Stadium.

The Orange and Blue (58-6) have now advanced to the WCWS Championship Series four times (2009, 2011, 2014, 2015), winning the program’s first NCAA title and...

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Women’s College World Series Preview

The Florida Gators head back to the Women’s College World Series to defend their title and they do so with a perfect 5-0 record this postseason and are fresh off of a perfect two-game sweep of the Kentucky Wildcats last weekend in the Super Regionals.

Florida is one of five SEC teams in the College World Series and the Gators are in a bracket with all SEC teams.

The Gators are the No. 1 seed in the bracket but will open up against a tough Tennessee team that eliminated Florida in the SEC tournament.

Three Gators earn SEC weekly awards

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Birmingham, Ala. - After a 4-0 week when the Gators completed a season sweep of No. 10 Florida State and won all three games of a series against No. 25 Texas A&M, three members of the top-ranked University of Florida softball team received recognition from the Southeastern Conference on Monday. Junior Kelsey Stewart earned the Player of the Week award, senior Lauren Haeger<

Florida Gators Softball Gets Two Victories in San Diego

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San Diego - The No. 1-ranked University of Florida softball team ran its season-opening win streak to 21 games with a 9-0 (5 innings) win over UC Davis and an 8-0 (5 innings) victory against San Diego on Day 2 of the San Diego Classic I. Delanie Gourley and Lauren Haeger combined for a two-hit shutout against the Aggies, while Aleshia Ocasio blanked the Toreros in a one-hitter.

Two California-born freshmen led Florida at the plate in the first game, as Nicole DeWitt had three RBI and Janell Wheaton drove in a pair of runs. In the...

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Florida Gators Softball Sweep Doubleheader

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Tampa, Fla. - The University of Florida softball team improved to 3-0 on the season with a doubleheader sweep on the second day of the USF Softball Classic. No. 1 Florida defeated No. 8 Michigan, 2-1, in dramatic fashion in the first game before walking off with an 8-0 (5 innings) victory in the twinbill finale against Illinois State.

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