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Tuesday April 2, 2013Softball Hosts UCF in Mid-Week Tilt Wednesday, 6 p.m.

Gainesville, Fla.

The No. 3 Florida softball team will take a brief break from conference action Wednesday to play host to in-state opponent UCF in a mid-week tilt at UF’s Katie Seashole Pressly Stadium, the beginning of a five-game home stand for the Orange and Blue. 

 

First pitch between the Gators (35-3, 10-2 SEC) and Knights (18-20, 1-11 C-USA) is slated for 6 p.m.

 

Florida will look to junior captain and two-time reigning SEC Pitcher of the Week Hannah Rogers (Lake Wales, Fla.) to lead the way in the non-conference clash. UF holds the series edge, 12-3, over UCF, including an 8-6 advantage at home in Gainesville. The Gators were 1-1 against the Knights last season, dropping a 2-0 decision in Orlando in April before knocking UCF out of the 2012 NCAA Tournament with a 7-1 victory in the Gainesville Regional May 19.

 

Rogers has been on fire in the circle for UF, having allowed just four earned runs in her last 44.0 innings pitched. The righty leads UF with a 1.12 ERA and is 20-2 in the circle.

 

Florida, No. 2 in this week’s softball RPI rankings released Monday, owns a .921 win-loss percentage, second in the country. The Gators check in sixth in fielding percentage (.979), sixth in scoring (7.13), eighth in ERA (1.53), homers per game (1.37) and stolen bases per game (2.24) entering the week. Florida boasts a .531 slugging percentage, 10th in the nation, while the Gators’ 0.34 triples per game are 12th overall in the country.

 

Freshman Kelsey Stewart (Wichita, Kan.) ranks first in the NCAA in triples this season, with seven, having already eclipsed the UF single-season school-record five two weeks ago against Arkansas. Stewart also swipes 0.71 bases per game, 16th most in the country.

 

Rogers ranks fourth in the country with her 20 wins in the circle (20-2), ninth with six shutouts and checks in 12th in ERA (1.12), while sophomore Lauren Haeger’s (Peoria, Ariz.) 12 long balls this season place her 16th in the country.

 

UF vs. UCF BROADCAST INFORMATION

DATE

TIME

VIDEO

RADIO

STATS

4/3

6 pm

WATCH (GVO)

LISTEN

TRACK

 

LAST TIME OUT FOR FLORIDA

The No. 3 Gators improved to 35-3 overall, 10-2 in SEC play over the last week, including an extra-innings walk-off win against Sunshine State opponent FSU Wednesday before securing a series sweep at Ole Miss last weekend. Florida is 6-2 against the top 25, added its 13th come-from-behind and fifth walk-off win of the year with sophomore Bri Little’s (Middleburg, Fla.) grand slam against FSU in eight innings Wednesday. The Gators are now 4-2 in extra innings in 2013, have smashed eight grand slams this season, including two last week, own 10 mercy-rule wins and 14 shutouts. Florida’s sweep over Ole Miss made it four SEC series wins, two by sweep – Arkansas and Ole Miss. The Gators were lead by Rogers, who has allowed just four earned runs in her last 44.0 innings pitched. Rogers turned in a 1.12 ERA through the last week of play, picking up three complete-game wins and her second save of the season. Rogers’ three wins last week made her 20-2 overall on the season, ranking first in the SEC overall in wins (20) and second in ERA (1.12), as the righty checks in first in the SEC through league play in ERA (0.84), saves (2) and wins (7). Sophomore Alyssa Bache (Clearwater, Fla.) turned in the Gators’ fourth win in the circle, her sixth of the season (6-0). Florida used five doubles, a triple and seven homers on the offensive side to go 4-0 last week, as sophomore Jess Damico (Gray Summit, Mo.) (4-for-9) paced UF at the plate with a .444 clip. The Orange and Blue knocked in 23 RBI to opponents’ 10 and out-scored its opposition 27-11.

 

FLORIDA | CENTRAL FLORIDA STATISTICALLY

UF

Category

UCF

35-3

Record

18-20

10-2

Conference Record

1-11

.285

Batting Average

224

978

At Bats

926

271

Runs

117

279

Hits

207

58

Doubles

30

13

Triples

0

52

Home Runs

10

234

Runs Batted In

100

.531

Slugging Percentage

.288

85-94

Stolen Bases/Attempts

83-103

193

Walks

105

239

Strikeouts

206

.423

On-Base Percentage

.312

1.53

Team ERA

2.89

6.58

Opponent ERA

2.53

3

Saves

.4

91

Walks

121

261

Strikeouts

212

.198

Batting Average Against

.243

22

Errors

53

 

SCOUTING UCF

UCF enters the mid-week clash with the Gators at 18-20 overall on the season, while the Knights are 1-11 so far through 2013 Confer­ence USA play. Central Florida most recently dropped two consecutive three-game series to Marshall and Tulsa and will be looking to rebound in Gainesville Wednesday. The Knights’ lone conference win came March 16, 2013, when UCF took the series opener, 4-3, over Houston on the road. UCF owns wins this season over both South Carolina and Ole Miss from the SEC.

 

Jasmine Acevedo leads the Knights at the plate with a team-best .333 batting clip, while Farrah Sullivan (.270) and Maddy Schro­eder (.258) lead the squad with 24 hits each. Acevedo and Mariah Garcia each have seven doubles, while Garcia boasts a team-best three homers. Kahley Novak (25-30), Schroeder (15-19) and Lauren Aldridge (14-16) are the biggest threats on the base paths for UCF. The Knights have 103 steal attempts on the season, 83 of those successful.

 

In the circle, Mackenzie Audas (7-12, 3.18 ERA) has tossed a bulk of the innings for UCF, while freshman Shelby Turnier (10-7, 2.49 ERA) leads the pitching staff with a 2.49 ERA. Audas has 134 strikeouts through 132.0 innings pitched, while Turnier has fanned 68 in 98.1 innings pitched. Audas has three saves, while Lauren Dannelley has one. Mackenzie Huhn (1-0, 2.72 ERA) and Alex Hartshorn (0-1, 5.73 ERA) round out the UCF pitching staff.

 

FLORIDA | CENTRAL FLORIDA SERIES HISTORY

Florida leads, 12-3

Gators at HOME: 7-2 | AWAY: 4-1 | Neutral: 1-0

The Gators were 1-1 vs. UCF in 2012 | Florida is 8-2 against the Knights under head coach Tim Walton

 

1/25/03      Orlando, Fla.             W        6-5 (8)

1/25/03      Orlando, Fla.             W              1-0

2/11/04      Gainesville, Fla.       W              5-1

2/6/05         Clearwater, Fla.       W              6-1

5/21/05      Gainesville, Fla.       L                5-3

4/19/06      Orlando, Fla.             W              3-0

5/17/08      Gainesville, Fla.       W              3-0

5/18/08      Gainesville, Fla.       L          1-0 (8)

5/18/08      Gainesville, Fla.       W      10-0 (5)

4/15/09      Gainesville, Fla.       W              3-0

3/31/10      Orlando, Fla.             W        4-3 (9)

5/22/10      Gainesville, Fla.       W              6-0

4/20/11      Gainesville, Fla.       W              8-1

4/11/12      Orlando, Fla.             L                2-0

5/19/12      Gainesville, Fla.       W              7-1

 

NEXT UP

Following the match-up with the Knights Wednesday, Florida will continue a five-game home stand this weekend with a three-game conference set against Mississippi State April 5-7. The Gators will then play host to in-state opponent USF April 10 for the second mid-week contest between the two squads this season. Game times for the Gators | Bulldogs series:  6 p.m. Friday, 3 p.m. Saturday and 1 p.m. Sunday. UF and USF will square off at 6 p.m. at KSP April 10.

 

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