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Friday, May 30, 2008

Good Evening Gator Fans!!

Today we all woke up with a taste of disappointment in our mouths, but as we prepared for the day ahead of us, we knew we had to start focusing on the next step … the next game. Our practice consisted of a light batting practice followed by some quick fielding drills. As we wrapped up our day at the field we had to battle the Oklahoma City winds that felt like a far too familiar hurricane wind. We fought against the strong winds as Coach Walton hit fly balls to the infield that were a mystery of who would catch it and which way it would curve. Today was a refreshing day for our team to relax and get ready for tomorrow as we fight to win our first game at the College World Series in our school’s history. Until tomorrow, we will spend our day focusing on that one goal that we worked all year to accomplish.

Go Gators!

#31 Kristina Hilberth

Thursday, May 29, 2008

Hello Gator Fans!!!

Well, today was both a fun and difficult day, but tomorrow is a new day and we have not lost out confidence. When I got up this morning, I was so excited to play our first game in the World Series as the first team at Florida to ever make the World Series. We had breakfast at our hotel and then headed to the stadium for the game. We had to change our routine just a little, there weren’t batting cages to hit in, so we hit on the practice field. Everyone was SO ready to play! This is what we have all been waiting for. We walked into the stadium after our pre-game BP to see the stands starting to fill up and hear our families and fans cheering for us. I was thinking, “So this is what it feels like.” I have watched this event on TV so often it seemed like a dream to be here playing. Other than that, everything felt pretty routine for us. TD (Tiffany DeFelice) got on base in the second inning and I was able to bring her in for the 1-0 lead. “Wow! I just got the first RBI of the College World Series!” It is always nice to score first because scoring runs just gives us all a little more room to breathe. When we got the second run, I thought we really had it made. But Louisiana is a scrappy team and Soto got a good hit on a good pitch. It was a clutch hit and they tied the game. I wasn’t really worried though because we had been in this position and got it done before. After the home run, we started to question just a little. TD’s 23-pitch at bat in the last inning was awesome! I wish it would have had a better result though. She had done that last summer when we played the Firecrackers too, at this same stadium! We obviously were all disappointed with the loss, but know that we didn’t make the adjustments we needed to. We are going to work on that for Saturday!!! Tomorrow we will practice to get ready for Saturday and Virginia Tech. Now is the time to put today in the past and think about what is ahead! We hope you all will cheer us on at noon on Saturday!

#27 Corrie Brooks

Tuesday, May 27 and Wednesday, May 28

Hello from OKC Gator Fans!!!

The flight was amazing. It is always fun just to fly with your teammates and people that you know are there to support your team. Oklahoma City so far has been a blast. Bricktown area where we are staying has a lot to offer. It is a very nice downtown area with a lot of shops and places to eat. The Party at the Park was fun. We got to walk in as a team, see all the other teams and see the stadium for the first time. Even when it was empty it was impressive. The stadium itself is huge and the outfield bleachers add even more to it. The Party at the Park was a big time party. Luke Bryan was excellent and the fireworks afterward were amazing! It was great to kick back and just have fun for the night. Wednesday morning we headed to the stadium for ESPN interviews and practice. Everyone gets nervous about what they will say and how they look for ESPN. We had fun with it! We did our normal practice. We are still going be us no matter the situation. It is important to get feel for playing surface and get the jitters out before it counts. In the afternoon, Coach Walton and I went to a press conference with the coaches and players from the other three teams in our half of the bracket. The media here is into this event with very strong commitment to it. There were a lot of video cameras going and flash bulbs popping. Most teams really don’t get that unless you are on this stage. It was an honor to be the player there representing the Gators. I am impressed by people of Oklahoma City, the have been so welcoming and I can tell they are excited to host this event. Now its off to bed for rest and then time to get ready to go. Since we won Super Regionals we have been saying our goal is to win game one and go from there, with a new goal after we have achieved each one. We are focused on Louisiana-Lafayette because we will have our hands full with them. We are treating this like we would any other game in the regular season, preparing one game at a time. I can’t wait for tomorrow’s game. GO GATORS!!!

#23 Mary Ratliff

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