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Wednesday May 9, 2012SEC Softball Tournament Central; Gators Take on LSU in Tourney Opener Thursday

Tuscaloosa, Ala.

SEC TOURNAMENT CENTRAL

 

Florida Game Notes

LSU Game Notes

 

Florida senior All-American Michelle Moultrie (Jacksonville, Fla.), named the 2012 SEC Player of the Year and a Top-10 Finalist for USA Softball’s Player of the Year Wednesday, will lead the Gator softball team as the squad embarks upon the 2012 SEC Tournament at Rhoads Stadium in Tuscaloosa Thursday.

 

Florida will be looking for its third SEC Tournament title, having won in both 2008 and 2009. The Gators also won the SEC regular-season crown in 1998, 2008 and 2009, and own five SEC Eastern Division titles.

 

The No. 3 seed in this year’s tourney, the Gators will re-match with the No. 6 seed LSU in the first game of the Tournament Thursday at 11 a.m. (CT) on ESPNU, with the call by Cara Capuano, Michele Smith and Holly Rowe on the sideline. Gator fans can also catch the tilt on ESPN3.com, tune in to live stats online through Gametracker or turn the dial to WYGC 104.9-FM, 105 The Game in Gainesville and online, with the call on the radio by Adam Schick. For up-to-the-minute updates, follow along on Twitter @GatorZoneSBall. For all links and broadcast information, visit www.GatorZone.com/softball and check out the Game Day box.

 

Should the Gators advance, they would play the winner of Tennessee/Auburn Friday at 2 p.m. CT in a game broadcast on ESPNU in the SEC Tournament Semifinals.

 

UF and LSU last split a doubleheader in Gainesville April 24. Down, 1-0, heading to the seventh, UF junior Ensley Gammel (Bakersfield, Calif.) knocked a solo shot to send the game into extras. Moultrie then connected for a RBI double in the bottom of the eighth to walk the Gators off for their third extra-innings victory of the year. LSU claimed the nightcap, 1-0, for the split. Florida is 17-22 (.435) all-time in the SEC Tournament. LSU holds the all-time advantage in the history of the series, with a 29-19 edge, including a 5-2 advantage on neutral ground.

 

Florida is 17-22 (.435) all-time in the SEC Tournament and made an early exit last season with a 6-2 loss to Auburn in the quarterfinals.

 

Just a day before the Gators kick off conference tournament play, Moultrie became UF’s fourth SEC Player of the Year, picking up the award Wednesday from the league office. Moultrie also secured First Team All-SEC honors in the outfield, while sophomore hurler Hannah Rogers (Lake Wales, Fla.) and junior catcher Kelsey Horton (Valrico, Fla.) were named Second Team All-SEC selections. Horton was additionally named to the SEC Community Service Team earlier in the week. Rogers and Moultrie were additionally SEC All-Defensive picks. A total of four first year Gators were Freshman All-SEC selections in Alyssa Bache (Clearwater, Fla.) (p), Lauren Haeger (Peoria, Ariz.) (IF), Sami Fagan (Dunnellon, Fla.) (IF) and Jessica Damico (Gray Summit, Mo.) (OF). The quartet ties with 2008’s four Freshman All-SEC picks for the most in program history. Rogers makes it two-straight years as an All-SEC pick, Moultrie three straight. Horton is a league honoree for the first time since being a 2012 All-Freshman pick.

 

Gator head coach Tim Walton is approaching career win 500, and will achieve the milestone with two more victories this season.

 

The No. 7 Florida softball team wrapped up the 2012 regular-season campaign at Alabama May 4-6 in Tuscaloosa, with the SEC Championship on the line. The Gators took game one, 4-1, but Alabama capped off the weekend with two wins at home – 9-1 and 5-3 victories – to secure the 2012 regular-season title outright.

 

Scouting LSU

No. 22 LSU completed the regular season with a 34-21 record which included a15-13 mark in SEC action. The Tigers ended up in a fifth-place tie with Kentucky, but the Wildcats claimed all three games of the season series. LSU received a solo home run from Allison Falcon along with a Cassie Trosclair sacrifice fly in the opener. The Tigers were unable to hold a 3-0 advantage as Kentucky rallied for a quartet of runs over the final three innings. Over the final two games of the series, Brittany Mack and Rachele Fico were dealt tough luck losses. For the season, Fico is 16-11 with a stout 0.99 ERA which ranks third-best in the nation. The junior right hander has received seven total runs of support in her setbacks, and the Tigers have been shut out on seven occasions. Mack recently picked up SEC Community Service Team accolades.

 

Series History

LSU leads the series, 29-19

Florida at...

Home: 10-10        Away: 7-14            Neutral: 2-5

 

April 24 Doubleheader Results

Florida 2, Louisiana State 1 (Apr 24, 2012 at Gainesville, Fla.) (Game 1)

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Louisiana State..... 000 000 10 - 1 4 0 (32-16, 13-8 SEC)

Florida............. 000 000 11 - 2 5 2 (42-5, 19-2 SEC)

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Pitchers: Louisiana State - Fico and Russell. Florida - Hannah Rogers and Sami Fagan.

Win-Hannah Rogers(25-3) Loss-Fico(15-8) T-2:11 A-0

HR UF - Ensley Gammel (6).

 

 

Louisiana State 1, Florida 0 (Apr 24, 2012 at Gainesville, Fla.) (Game 2)

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Louisiana State..... 010 000 0 - 1 6 1 (33-16, 14-8 SEC)

Florida.............       000 000 0 - 0 4 0 (42-6, 19-3 SEC)

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Pitchers: Louisiana State - Mack and Houston. Florida - Lauren Haeger and Sami

Fagan.

Win-Mack (14-8) Loss-

Lauren Haeger(12-3) T-2:05 A-963

 

 

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