Thursday May 26, 2011No. 3 Gator Softball Team Set To Face Dangerous Oregon Squad In Super Regional
The No. 3 Florida Gator softball team will make their fifth straight Super Regional appearance as they host No. 11 Oregon beginning Friday. The Gators and Ducks will square off at 2 p.m. (ET) May 27 and at noon May 28, with the if necessary game scheduled for 2:30 p.m. (ET) Saturday.
ESPNU will provide television coverage Friday, while Saturday’s game will be broadcast live on ESPN, with Cara Capuano and Garland Cooper each day. ESPN3.com will stream all games, while Gator fans can hear UF’s games live on the radio with Adam Schick and Kristina Hilberth on 105 ‘The Game’ locally.
Friday’s meeting will be the first between the two universities in four years. UF is 2-2 all-time against Oregon, with all four games at neutral sites. The Gators and Ducks last met Feb. 9, 2007, in Tempe, Ariz., as part of the Kajikawa Classic. Then Florida pitcher Stacey Nelson struck out a career-high 10 batters during the Gators’ 2-1 victory over the Ducks.
No. 4 seed Florida advanced after downing defending national champion UCLA, 11-3, in a five inning ‘if necessary’ game Sunday. Florida’s two wins against UCLA propelled the Gators to a 50-10 season, marking the Gators’ fourth all-time 50-win season.
No.13 seed Oregon (42-14) advanced to the Gainesville Super Regional after winning the University Park Regional. The Gators will be playing their fourth straight Pac-10 opponent in a Super Regional tournament after hosting Cal in 2008 and 2009 and Arizona state in the 2010.
Two Florida wins this weekend will advance the Gators to the Women’s College World Series for the fourth consecutive season, making them the only SEC team to appear in the big show for four consecutive years since 1997. Head coach Tim Walton led the Gators to its past three appearances, the only three in UF history. Walton has a 30-14 record in the NCAA tournament, with Florida owning a 7-2 Super Regional record.
UF-Oregon Series History
Series Record Tied, 2-2
At Gainesville N/A
At Eugene N/A
Most Runs, UF 5 (2/25/00)
Margin, UF 3 (2/25/00)
Most Runs, Oregon 6 (2/11/06)
Margin, Oregon 4 (2/11/06)
Longest Win Streak, UF 1 game, 2x (2/25/00, 2/9/07)
Longest Win Streak, Oregon 2 games (2/10/06-2/11/06)
Regional Pass: Adult $15; UF students/Child (17 & under)/Senior (55+) $10
Day Tickets: Adult: $10; UF/Child/Senior $7
The purchaser's picture ID is required to pick up tickets at Will Call.
Fans may use the parking lot directly south of Katie Seashole Pressly Stadium on Hull Road outside the main entrance to Florida Lacrosse's Dizney Stadium. Gates for 2011 NCAA Gainesville Super Regional will open 90 minutes prior to first pitch. There will be additional parking in the Performing Arts Center parking garage and flat lot located on Hull Road.