Sunday May 15, 2011Florida Softball Picks Up No. 4 Seed in 2011 NCAA Tournament; Hosts Gainesville Regional May 20-22
For the ninth consecutive year, the Gator softball team will host a Regional at Katie Seashole Pressly Stadium after securing the No. 4 seed in the 2011 NCAA Tournament for the second consecutive season. The Gainesville Regional will feature the softball squads from UCLA (33-17), Jacksonville (43-13) and Bethune-Cookman (33-24), along with the 47-9 Gators.
Play will open with the first round of the tournament May 20 at 3:30 p.m. as UCLA and Jacksonville take to the field first, while Florida and Bethune-Cookman will square off at 6 p.m. Action will continue Saturday and Sunday in the double-elimination format. Florida’s selection marks the 12th year the Gators will host a Regional in the friendly confines of Pressly Stadium, including each year with head coach Tim Walton at the helm of the program.
The winner of the Gainesville Regional will play the winner of the University Park (Pa.) Regional, featuring the No. 13 seed Oregon (39-14), Albany (NY) (28-21), Fordham (41-17) and host institution Penn State (27-22). The highest remaining seed will host the Super Regional.
The Gators are 18-15 in NCAA Regional play, including 9-1 the past three seasons, advancing to an unprecedented three consecutive Women’s College World Series, including an appearance in the Championship Series in 2009. Under Walton’s tutelage, Florida is 13-3 in Regional play.
The Orange and Blue will welcome a tough match-up as defending National Champion UCLA will touch down in town for Regional play in what will potentially be the second match-up between the two squads this season. The Gators downed then- No. 2 UCLA, 4-1, as part of the Cathedral City Classic in Palm Springs, Calif. Both squads have spent time at No. 1 in the polls this season. UF is 2-3 all-time against the Bruins and has never played the team in Gainesville. Florida also took an early season mid-week road trip to visit the Jacksonville Dolphins, coming away with a 7-0 victory Feb. 16 to extend its advantage in the all-time history of the series to 9-0. Florida last faced Bethune-Cookman in last year’s NCAA Regional May 21, 2010, earning a 6-0 victory, and will look to add to its 13-2 all-time record against the Wildcats.
Gator fans can visit the Gator Ticket Office beginning Monday morning for ticket packages to this year’s 2011 NCAA Gainesville Regional. All session passes are $25 for adults and $10 for UF students, children 17 & under and seniors (55+). Single game tickets cost $10 for an adult ticket and $5 for UF students, children 17 & under and seniors (55+). For fans picking up tickets on game day, the purchaser’s picture ID is required to pick up tickets. For more information, please call the Ticket Office at 352-375-4683, ext. 6800.
Stay posted to www.GatorZone.com/softball for up-to-date information regarding the 2011 NCAA Softball Tournament, as well as the Gainesville Regional, in the coming days.
University Park Regional – May 20-22 at University Park, Pennsylvania
No. 13 seed Oregon (39-14) vs. Albany (NY) (28-21)
Fordham (41-17) vs. Penn St.* (27-22)
Gainesville Regional – May 20-22 at Gainesville, Florida
UCLA (33-17) vs. Jacksonville (43-14)
Bethune-Cookman (33-24) vs. No. 4 seed Florida* (47-9)