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Tuesday March 5, 2013No. 4 Gator Softball Visits No. 1/2 Crimson Tide for Unique Tilt Wednesday

Tuscaloosa, Ala.

The No. 4 Gator softball team, 22-1 on the season so far, will kick off a spring break road trip in the Heart of Dixie Wednesday with a non-conference mid-week tilt with SEC Western Division rival and No. 1/2 Alabama (22-0) at Rhoads Stadium in Tuscaloosa. First pitch is slated for 7 p.m. ET.

 

One of the best rivalries in Division I College Softball, the Gators and Crimson Tide scheduled a one-game match-up after the two teams weren’t scheduled as part of 2013 Southeastern Conference play. After Florida’s visit to Tuscaloosa, the Orange and Blue will head southeast to Auburn, Ala., to open the 2013 league slate against the Auburn Tigers March 8-10 at Jane B. Moore Field.

 

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Florida used six wins in the last week – five tourney victories at the Gators’ second home tournament of the fall March 1-3 and UF’s 3-1 midweek win over USF last Wednesday – to jump out to a 22-1 overall record so far this season. The Gators concluded the weekend with an 11-0, combined perfect game victory over Presbyterian Sunday at Katie Seashole Pressly Stadium.

 

Gator hurlers Hannah Rogers (Lake Wales, Fla.), Lauren Haeger (Peoria, Ariz.) and Alyssa Bache (Clearwater, Fla.) collaborated to retire all 15 Blue Hose batters in the run-rule win. The combined perfect game was the first in UF history as UF has just five other perfect games by individual hurlers. The Gators defeated Drake twice and were victorious over Mount St. Mary’s, FAMU and Presbyterian in the three-day home tournament as all three pitchers picked up at least one win last week, with Rogers also adding her fourth career one-hitter versus Drake Saturday.

 

Florida head coach Tim Walton also highlighted the weekend, notching win No. 400 as UF’s head coach following Saturday’s 20-2 record-tying win over FAMU. Walton, the already the winningest coach in Gator softball history, is now 401-94 (.810) overall at Florida and 524-158 (.768) in his head coaching career.

 

UF used 13 bombs to contribute to 27 extra-base hits in the last week of play to help aid Florida’s winning efforts. In addition to her contributions in the circle on the defensive end, Haeger also led UF’s efforts at the plate through the past six games, going 10-for-21 (.476) last week with two doubles, four home runs and15 RBI. Against Presbyterian, Haeger put on a 3-for-4 performance and was a triple shy of hitting through the cycle. Her five RBI against FAMU, including a grand slam, were a career-best. Haeger is riding a career-long eight-game hit streak and has reached base in a team-best 20 straight games entering Wednesday’s match-up with the Crimson Tide.

 

Top Notch Competition

Florida’s contest with No. 1/2 Alabama Wednesday will be UF’s fourth fifth top-25 match-up of the season thus far. The Gators are 3-1 against top-25 opponents so far in 2013, having defeated the following ranked opponents (rankings respective to the dates played): No. 3 Cal, No. 5 Oregon and No. 13 Arizona. Florida came up on the short end in a 12-inning thriller against conference newcomer No. 7 Missouri on a neutral site in Palm Springs, Calif., falling shy 4-3 in the longest game in program history.

 

League Leaders

As a team, Florida paces the SEC in:

Florida ranks second in the SEC in:

Florida ranks third in the SEC in:

RBI: 156

Total bases: 338

Sac bunts: 17

Runs: 180

Plate appearances: 760

Hit by pitch: 31

Doubles: 40

Home runs: 34

Batters staff struck out: 170

Walks: 111

At bats: 595

 

Wins: 22

Steal attempts: 65

 

 

Stolen bases: 60

 

 

Innings pitched: 153.2

 

 

Fielding percentage: .981

 

 

Assists: 156

 

 

Fielded double plays: 7

 

 

Individually in the SEC:

                Kelsey Stewart    

·         First in triples (5)

·         First in total bases (61)

·         First in plate appearances (95)

·         First in at-bats (83)

·         Second in hits (35)

·         Second in stolen bases (19)

·         Third in steal attempts (19)

·         Fourth in doubles (7)

·         Fifth in runs scored (24)

 

Lauren Haeger

·         Third in RBI (27)

·         Fifth in homers (6)

 

Kelsey Horton

·         Second in walks (17)

·         Second in sac bunts (5)

 

Briana Little

·         First in hit-by-pitch (8)

 

Hannah Rogers

·         First in wins (10)

·         Third in innings pitched (73.2)

 

Scouting the Crimson Tide

The only undefeated Division I team in the country, the Crimson Tide enters Wednesday’s game at 22-0 on the season. Alabama is coming off its home-hosted Easton Classic this past weekend. Before entering the weekend to open the tournament, Alabama defeated Samford 11-0 and then downed South Alabama, 4-0. The Tide played a total of six games this past week in four days, all at Rhoads Stadium.

 

UA freshman Haylie McCleney leads the way for Bama offensively with a .559 batting clip, seven doubles, three triples, three homers and 19 stolen bases. Dual threat pitcher and hitter Jackie Traina (10-0) is batting .488, while boasting a 0.64 ERA with 93 strikeouts in 65 1/3 innings pitched. Kaila Hunt paces Alabama with 28 RBI, a .947 slugging percentage, has connected for eight doubles, seven home runs and has drawn a team-leading 14 walks. Six Bama players are batting above .400 entering Wednesday’s contest in Tuscaloosa.

 

Series History

Alabama and Florida have a long and storied history, even beyond Southeastern Conference play, as the two powerhouses have matched up on a national stage, not only in league play, but at the Women’s College World Series and in several Southeastern Conference Tournament Title Games. Florida last visited Tuscaloosa last spring for a span of 10 days for a three-game set against the Crimson Tide – the regular-season finale for both teams – before staying for the 2012 Southeastern Conference Tournament, which Bama took on its home turf.

 

Alabama leads the series, 30-23

Florida

Home: 9-12 | Away: 8-15 | Neutral: 6-3

 

Date

Location

W/L

Score

4/12/97

Tuscaloosa, Ala.

W

4-1

4/12/97

Tuscaloosa, Ala.

W

2-0

5/9/97

Columbus, Ga.

W

6-2

3/6/98

Tampa, Fla.

L

9-8

3/31/98

Gainesville, Fla.

W

1-0

3/31/98

Gainesville, Fla.

L

11-2

4/16/99

Tuscaloosa, Ala.

L

2-1

4/16/99

Tuscaloosa, Ala.

L

6-1

5/14/99

Tuscaloosa, Ala.

L

4-0

3/4/00

Columbus, Ga.

L

4-3

4/15/00

Gainesville, Fla.

L

3-2 (9)

4/15/00

Gainesville, Fla.

W

4-0

5/11/00

Columbus, Ga.

L

1-0

3/27/01

Gainesville, Fla.

L

9-0

3/27/01

Gainesville, Fla.

L

2-1 (8)

3/28/01

Gainesville, Fla.

L

8-3

3/19/02

Tuscaloosa, Ala.

L

4-3

3/19/02

Tuscaloosa, Ala.

L

8-3

3/20/02

Tuscaloosa, Ala.

L

7-1

4/8/03

Gainesville, Fla.

L

2-1

4/8/03

Gainesville, Fla.

W

4-2

4/9/03

Gainesville, Fla.

L

4-2

3/23/04

Tuscaloosa, Ala.

W

4-3

3/23/04

Tuscaloosa, Ala.

L

3-2

3/24/04

Tuscaloosa, Ala.

W

5-1

3/29/05

Gainesville, Fla.

L

5-3

3/29/05

Gainesville, Fla.

W

6-4

3/30/05

Gainesville, Fla.

L

3-2

3/7/06

Tuscaloosa, Ala.

L

5-0

3/7/06

Tuscaloosa, Ala.

L

3-1

3/8/06

Tuscaloosa, Ala.

L

1-0

3/14/07

Gainesville, Fla.

L

6-2

3/14/07

Gainesville, Fla.

W

8-4

3/12/08

Tuscaloosa, Ala.

L

1-0

3/12/08

Tuscaloosa, Ala.

W

8-4

5/10/08

Baton Rouge, La.

W

4-1

3/28/09

Gainesville, Fla.

W

9-1 (6)

3/28/09

Gainesville, Fla.

W

10-1 (5)

3/29/09

Gainesville, Fla.

L

6-4

5/9/09

Knoxville, Tenn.

W

8-5

5/31/09

Oklahoma City

W

6-5

3/27/10

Tuscaloosa, Ala.

L

10-4

3/27/10

Tuscaloosa, Ala.

W

7-5 (8)

3/28/10

Tuscaloosa, Ala.

W

11-9

4/22/11

Gainesville, Fla.

L

5-0

4/23/11

Gainesville, Fla.

W

6-5

4/24/11

Gainesville, Fla.

W

3-2 (9)

6/5/11

Oklahoma City

W

16-2

6/5/11

Oklahoma City

W

9-2

5/4/12

Tuscaloosa, Ala.

W

4-1

5/5/12

Tuscaloosa, Ala.

L

9-1

5/6/12

Tuscaloosa, Ala.

L

5-3

5/12/12

Tuscaloosa, Ala.

L

10-1

 

 

 

 

 

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