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Friday April 19, 2013No. 3 Softball Hosts Longwood April 20 & 21 to Wrap Up Non-Conference Slate

Gainesville, Fla.

Coming off an 8-0 run-rule victory at No. 23 FSU Wednesday, the No. 3/4 Gator softball squad will wrap up 2013 non-conference play April 21 & 22 at home with a three-game series against Longwood from the BIG SOUTH.

 

The Gators and Lancers (33-11, 13-5 BIG SOUTH) will meet in a Saturday doubleheader, with first pitch slated for 1 p.m. from UF’s Katie Seashole Pressly Stadium, before the Sunday series finale at 1 p.m.

 

The Gators are a nation-best 42-5 so far this season and boast a 14-4 (.778) league record, the most wins among SEC institutions. With just six conference games remaining for the Gators – three-game series against Georgia and South Carolina, Florida is .5 games behind league leader Tennessee (12-3, .800), with the Vols still set for three more conference sets against Ole Miss, Arkansas and Mizzou in the next three weeks leading up to the 2013 SEC Tournament in Lexington, Ky.

 

UF vs. LONGWOOD BROADCAST INFORMATION

DATE

TIME

TV | VIDEO

RADIO

STATS

4/20

1 pm

GatorVision

LISTEN

TRACK

4/20

3:30 pm

GatorVision

LISTEN

TRACK

4/21

1 pm

GatorVision

LISTEN

TRACK

 

Freshman leadoff Kelsey Stewart (Wichita, Kan.), the reigning SEC Player of the Week, has led the Gators at the plate all season and is creeping on UF’s freshman single-season hits record (75), while her nation-leading seven triples are nearly half of UF’s 16 as the Gators are knocking on the door for the single-season record 17. Stewart is additionally just one stolen base away from tying former Gator All-American Michelle Moultrie’s single-season record 31. UF has already eclipsed the school-record 59 hit-by-pitches, now owning 60 this season, paced by sophomore Briana Little’s (Middleburg, Fla.) record 17.

 

Florida enters the non-conference series against Longwood 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. Individually, junior ace Hannah Rogers (Lake Wales, Fla.) ranks fifth in the NCAA in wins (23) and 14th in shutouts (6). Stewart boasts a nation-leading seven triples and checks in ninth in triples per game (0.15). The second baseman is additionally 20th in the nation in stolen bases per game. Little’s 17 HBP rank eighth in the country.

 

Entering this week of play, the Orange and Blue pace the SEC in wins, innings pitched, walks, HBP, plate appearances, at bats and triples, while ranking second in ERA, strikeouts looking, saves, runs scored, sac bunts, doubles, fielding percentage and double plays. Florida is third in the conference in RBI, stolen bases and home runs entering this week’s games.

 

LAST TIME OUT FOR FLORIDA

The No. 3/4 Gator softball squad posted an 8-0, mercy-rule victory at No. 23 Florida State in Tal­lahassee in midweek action April 17 to improve to 42-5 overall this sea­son, the first team in the country to 42 wins. For the Gators, the run-rule was their 13th of the season, the shutout their 15th. UF blanked FSU in Tallahassee for the first time ever and served the Seminoles their first run-rule loss of the season and largest margin of defeat. Sophomore righty Alyssa Bache (Clearwater, Fla.) tossed a two-hit shutout to improve to 8-0 overall in the circle for Florida this season, her second win over a top-25 op­ponent after earning the victory at No. 18/19 Kentucky Sunday. Flor­ida delivered 10 hits, as six Gators connected in the mid-week clash, while UF drew four walks on the evening. Freshman Taylor Schwarz (Palm Beach Gardens, Fla.) was 2-for-2 with a career-high four RBI, including a two-run homer for UF’s first two runs of the game in the second inning. The Gators never looked back, scattering three runs in the third, two in the fourth and one in the fifth. Junior Stephanie Tofft (Lincoln, Calif.) and senior Kelsey Horton (Valrico, Fla.) were 2-for-3 and Stewart was 2-for-4 Wednesday.

 

FLORIDA | LONGWOOD STATISTICALLY

Florida

Category

Longwood

42-5

Record

33-11

14-4

Conference Record

13-5

.282

Batting Average

.339

1190

At Bats

1202

327

Runs

344

335

Hits

407

64

Doubles

74

16

Triples

12

62

Home Runs

62

286

Runs Batted In

310

.518

Slugging Percentage

 .575

91-102

Stolen Bases/Attempts

67-85

245

Walks

170

296

Strikeouts

156

.426

On-Base Percentage

 .426

1.70

Team ERA

2.63

6.61

Opponent ERA

7.00

5

Saves

3

115

Walks

74

303

Strikeouts

174

.210

Batting Average Against

 .230

29

Errors

68

 

SCOUTING LONGWOOD

The Lancers enter the non-conference weekend series with the Gators boasting a 33-11 overall record, having strung together a 13-5 record in BIG SOUTH play so far this season. Longwood is riding a six-game win streak into the three-game set, most recently sweeping a midweek doubleheader against ACC foe Virginia Tech in Blacksburg April 17. The Lancers downed the Hokies, 6-5 in eight before taking game two of the twin bill, 5-4, Wednesday. Florida and Longwood boast two common opponents in Syracuse and Charleston Southern this season so far, while the Lancers will face conference institution Presbyterian following Florida, one of the Gators’ March home tournament opponents.

 

The Lancers are batting a staggering .339 as a squad, paced by Kori Nishitomi’s .470 clip, including a team-best 70 hits, 13 doubles. Alongside Nishitomi, two other Lancers are hitting over .400, including Brooke Short (.441) and the nation’s home-run leader Megan Baltzell (.421). Baltzell boasts 22 round-trippers, while Short has 12. Short and Baltzell each own 11 doubles and a triple in 2013 as well. Emily Murphy (.344) is the third Longwood player with double-digit long balls (10). On the base paths, three players have double-digit steals, led by Nishitomi (16-19) and followed by Baltzell (12-15) and Murphy (11-15).

 

A dual threat for Longwood, Short (17-5) has additionally handled the bulk of the innings in the circle for Longwood (131.0 IP) and boasts a 2.40 ERA with 85 Ks. Ashley Cornell (2-1) owns a team-best 2.07 ERA with 34 Ks in 44.0 IP. Libby Morris (14-5) rounds out the Longwood pitching staff with a 3.14 ERA and 55 Ks in 104.2 innings pitched.

 

FLORIDA | LONGWOOD SERIES HISTORY

Florida leads, 11-0

Gators at HOME: 11-0 | AWAY: n/a | Neutral: n/a

v  The Gators and Lancers are meeting for the first time since a three-game series in 2009

v  Last meeting; May 2-3, 2009           

v  Game One: UF 11, Longwood 0 (5) | Game Two: UF 6, Longwood 0 | Game Three: UF 3, Longwood 1

 

Date

Location

W/L

   Score

2/17/06

Gainesville, Fla.

W

13-3 (5)

2/19/06

Gainesville, Fla.

W

6-0

4/21/07

Gainesville, Fla.

W

7-1

4/21/07

Gainesville, Fla.

W

8-1

4/22/07

Gainesville, Fla.

W

5-0

3/22/08

Gainesville, Fla.

W

9-1 (5)

3/22/08

Gainesville, Fla.

W

6-0

3/23/08

Gainesville, Fla.

W

11-2 (5)

5/2/09

Gainesville, Fla.

W

11-0 (5)

5/2/09

Gainesville, Fla.

W

6-0

5/3/09

Gainesville, Fla.

W

3-1

 

NEXT UP

After the Orange and Blue wrap up conference play with Longwood this weekend, UF will complete the 2013 regular-season schedule with Georgia at home (4/26-28) before its conference finale at South Carolina (5/3-5/5). All three Georgia contests will air on television, with SunSports/FS Florida covering Friday, ESPNU Saturday and CSS Sunday. UF will then head back to Lexington, Ky., for the 2013 SEC Tournament May 8-11, hosted this year by Kentucky. The complete 2013 SEC Tournament will once again air on ESPNU, with the Championship Game slated to be broadcast on ESPN2.

 

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