Saturday April 20, 2013'The Tim Walton Show' Set to Debut Monday, April 22, from Ballyhoo Grill in Gainesville
Florida softball head coach Tim Walton, the University of Florida Athletic Association, IMG College and 105 The Game, the home of Florida softball, have teamed up for a special three-show series, The Tim Walton Show, to talk softball as the 2013 Gator softball squad wraps up the regular-season slate and heads towards the postseason.
The Tim Walton Show will debut Monday, April 22, from 6 p.m. to 7 p.m. at Ballyhoo Grill in Gainesville and will be hosted by Adam Schick, Gator soccer, women’s basketball and softball play-by-play commentator and co-host of The Midday Tailgate on WYGC – 104.9FM, 105 The Game, each weekday.
Gator fans will be able to attend the show live at Ballyhoo and ask questions on air. Fans can also call 352-372-3700 to ask questions to Coach Walton during the broadcast.
In his eighth year at Florida, Walton boasts a 421-98 (.811) record at the helm of the Gator softball program, having accumulated a career record of 544-162 (.771) in his 11th year as a head coach. Walton, three times the SEC Coach of the Year, has led the Gators to two SEC Championships in 2008 and 2009, while UF made an unprecedented four straight trips to the Women’s College World Series in Oklahoma City, Okla., 2008-11. Under Walton’s watch, Florida played for the WCWS National Championship in both 2009 and 2011.
Walton has tutored 11 All-Americans and Academic All-Americans during his time in Gainesville and became the fastest active coach in the Southeastern Conference to 500 career wins last season, notching the honor in his 654th game coaching with an extra-innings victory against Tennessee in the 2012 SEC Tournament, propelling Florida into the SEC Tournament Championship Game.
The Orange and Blue have just three series left in the 2013 regular season, as the No. 3/4 Gators will wrap up non-conference play with a three-game set against Longwood April 20 & 21 at home in Gainesville before hosting SEC Eastern Division rival Georgia April 26-28 in the Gators’ home finale. UF will wrap up conference play on the road at South Carolina May 3-5 before heading to Lexington, Ky., May 8-11 for the 2013 SEC Tournament.
Florida will then be looking for its 11th straight NCAA Tournament bid, having been a top-five national seed for five consecutive years from 2008-12.
Ranked No. 2 in the latest RPI rankings, Florida has put together an impressive season thus far, including a 9-3 (.750) record over ranked opponents. The Gators have won all six SEC series, including two sweeps and UF has already tapped into the record book, downing multiple team and individual single-season records. Florida boasts a 42-5 overall record and 14-4 mark in league play; the first team in the country to 42 wins, while also leading the SEC with its 14 Ws.
Florida entered this week ranked third in the country in win-loss percentage, sixth in fielding percentage, 11th in triples per game, 12th in ERA, 14th in homers per game and 19th in both stolen bases per game and slugging percentage. The Orange and Blue pace the SEC in wins (42), innings pitched (313.1), walks (245), HBP (60) and triples (16).
THE TIM WALTON SHOW
Dates: Monday, April 22 & Monday, April 29 (Show 3 - TBA)
Location: Ballyhoo Grill (3700 W. University Ave. | Gainesville, FL 32607)
Station: 105 The Game (WYGC – 104.9FM)
Host: Adam Schick
Fan Involvement: Fans will be able to attend the show live at Ballyhoo and ask questions to coach on the air | Fans can also call 352-372-3700 to ask questions