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Thursday April 25, 2013No. 2|3 Softball Concludes 2013 Home Slate With No. 23 Georgia April 26-28; Honors Seniors Saturday

Gainesville, Fla.

The No. 2/3 Gator softball team will wrap up the 2013 regular-season home slate this weekend by welcoming in SEC Eastern Division rival No. 23 Georgia for a three-game series at Katie Seashole Pressly Stadium. Florida will bid farewell to two seniors, Ensley Gammel (Bakersfield, Calif.) and Kelsey Horton (Valrico, Fla.), Saturday in a pregame ceremony beginning at approximately 11:45 a.m.

 

Florida (45-5, 14-4 SEC) and Georgia (34-16, 11-7 SEC) will square off at 5 p.m. Friday and noon on both Saturday and Sunday, as all three games in the second-to-last league set will be broadcast on television. Friday’s series-opener will air on SunSports with Larry Vettel and Megan Bush on the call, while Saturday’s game will be UF’s third of the campaign on ESPNU with Cara Capuano and Cheri Kempf. Sunday’s series finale between the Gators and Bulldogs will air live on CSS, with Kempf and Bernie Guenther calling all the action to wrap things up in Gainesville.

 

FLORIDA vs. GEORGIA BROADCAST INFORMATION

DATE

TIME

TV | VIDEO

RADIO

STATS

4/26

5 pm

SunSports (GatorVision)

LISTEN

TRACK

4/27

Noon

ESPNU (WatchESPN.com)

LISTEN

TRACK

4/28

Noon

CSS (ESPN3.com)

LISTEN

TRACK

 

Gammel and Horton have accumulated a career record of 198-41 (.828) donning the Florida uniform since stepping on campus as Gators in 2010. The duo has made two Women’s College World Series appearances and helped led Florida to the national runner-up spot in 2011 in Oklahoma City. Horton, a 2013 Senior CLASS Award Finalist and recipient of a $5K scholarship from the SEC as part of the Brad Davis Award for community service, and Gammel have both shined for the Gators both on and off the field, in the classroom and in the community, embodying what it means to be both a student and athlete. Both are team captains this year.

 

UF’s clash with UGA will serve as UF’s 13th game against a top-25 ranked opponent this season. The Gators are 9-3 (.750) against the high-caliber competition, have won all six SEC series so far this season, including two by sweep, and are in the hunt for the SEC regular-season title as the season concludes in the next two weeks. Florida has won three SEC titles (1998, 2008, 2009) and owns five SEC Eastern Division titles (1998, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011).

 

THE ROAD TO LEXINGTON

The Gators are a nation-best 45-5 so far this season and boast a 14-4 (.778) league record. With just six conference games remaining for the Gators – the three-game series against Georgia this weekend and South Carolina next weekend, Florida is one game behind league leader Tennessee (15-3, .833), with the Vols set to face Arkansas and Mizzou in the next two weeks leading up to the 2013 SEC Tournament in Lexington, Ky. (May 8-11)

 

Team

Record  

Pct.      

Games Back

Games Remaining

1. Tennessee* 

15-3        

.833      

--               

6 – vs. AR (3); at MIZ (3)  

2. Florida*  

14-4        

.778      

1                 

6 – vs. UG (3); at SC (3)   

3. Alabama*  

12-6        

.667      

3             

6 – at LSU (3); vs. UK (3) 

4. LSU*   

12-6        

.667      

3

6 – vs. UA (3); at UG (3)  

5. Missouri*             

11-6        

.647      

3.5   

6 – at UK (3); vs. UT (3)   

6. Georgia* 

11-7        

.611      

4        

6 – at UF (3); vs. LS (3)     

7. Kentucky*       

10-8        

.556      

5                     

6 – vs. MIZ (3); at UA (3)

8. Arkansas       

8-10        

.444      

7              

6 – at UT (3); vs. AU (3

9. Mississippi State   

7-11        

.389      

8            

6 – vs. SC (3); at TAMU (3) 

10. Texas A&M       

 6-11    

.353      

8.5          

6 – at OM (3); vs. MS (3)

11. Auburn           

7-14        

.333     

1                   

3 – at AR (3)    

12. South Carolina 

4-14        

.222      

2.5          

6 – at MS (3); vs. UF (3)   

X13. Ole Miss         

2-19        

.095      

6          

3 – vs. TAMU (3)   

 

[*] Clinched SEC Tournament berth

[X] Eliminated from SEC Tournament

 

FLORIDA IN THE NATION AND SEC

No. 2/3 Florida enters the conference clash with No. 23 Georgia ranked second in the country in win-loss percentage (.900), sixth in fielding percentage (.977), 10th in both ERA (1.68) and scoring (6.98), 11th in triples per game (0.34), 12th in homers per game (1.38) and 13th in slugging (.533). Individually, junior ace Hannah Rogers (Lake Wales, Fla.) ranks fifth in the country in wins (25), 13th in shutouts (7) and 18th in ERA (1.41). Freshman Kelsey Stewart (Wichita, Kan.) continues to pace the country with seven triples and sophomore Briana Little’s (Middleburg, Fla.) 17 HBP (0.38 per game) rank 13th in the country.

 

Entering this week of play, the Orange and Blue pace the SEC in wins (45), ERA (1.68), batters struck out (332), innings pitched (333.2), walks (257), doubles (70), triples (17), HBP (61) while ranking second in fielding percentage (.976), double plays (18), saves (5) and sac bunts (40). Florida is third in the conference in runs scored (349), on-base percentage (.428), RBI (307), homers (69).

 

LAST TIME OUT FOR FLORIDA

The Gators, jumping one poll position in each of the collegiate top 25 polls Tuesday to No. 2/3 this week, improved to a nation-best 45-5 in the past week of play, adding a ninth win over a top-25 opponent with an 8-0 run-rule against No. 23 FSU before sweeping a non-conference three-game series against Longwood, which entered the week ranked first in the country in scoring, last weekend. The Gators improved to 9-3 (.750) against top-25 competition and added their 14th run-rule and 16th shutout of the campaign. Junior ace Hannah Rogers tossed her second complete-game no-hitter of the 2013 campaign in Sunday’s series finale against the Lancers, the first Gator since Stacey Nelson in 2009 to have two in a season, bringing her weekend strikeout total versus Longwood to 19. The Gators’ ace improved to a staggering 25-3 in the circle (1.41 ERA), pacing the SEC in both categories, with two wins, while sophomores Lauren Haeger (Peoria, Ariz.) and Alyssa Bache (Clearwater, Fla.) both picked up wins in the circle in the past week, Bache (8-0) with her second over a top-25 team Wednesday versus No. 23 FSU, while Haeger fanned a season-high 10 batters in the nightcap of Saturday’s doubleheader to improve to 12-2 in the circle. Junior Stephanie Tofft (Lincoln, Calif.) batted an impressive .800 (8-for-10) in the series against the Lancers with two doubles, a triple and three homers, accumulating nine RBI through the two day set. On the week, including UF’s mid-week run-rule against the Seminoles, Tofft turned in a .769 clip at the plate (10-for-13). Freshman Taylor Schwarz (Palm Beach Gardens, Fla.) turned in a .500 batting clip on the week behind Tofft, going 6-for-12 with two homers and seven RBI. Florida used six doubles, a triple and seven homers in the sweep against the Lancers, connecting for 30 hits, while limiting Longwood to 11. The Gators knocked in 20 RBI to the Lancers’ five.

 

FLORIDA | GEORGIA STATISTICALLY

Florida

Category

Georgia

45-5

Record

34-16

14-4

Conference Record

11-7

.288

Batting Average

.348

1268

At Bats

1306

349

Runs

357

365

Hits

454

70

Doubles

71

17

Triples

14

69

Home Runs

84

306

Runs Batted In

327

.533

Slugging Percentage

 .616

93-106

Stolen Bases/Attempts

81-94

257

Walks

144

303

Strikeouts

167

.428

On-Base Percentage

 .424

1.68

Team ERA

3.11

6.64

Opponent ERA

6.93

5

Saves

2

115

Walks

146

332

Strikeouts

304

.206

Batting Average Against

 .224

32

Errors

58

 

SCOUTING NO. 23 GEORGIA

The No. 23 Georgia Bulldogs enter this weekend’s league series in Gainesville at 34-16 overall on the season, 11-7 in Southeastern Conference play. UGA dropped a tough mid-week game to Georgia State, 10-7, in eight innings Wednesday and will be looking to get back in the wins column in the second-to-last conference series for both teams. Georgia has won four of its six conference series, with sweeps against Texas A&M, Ole Miss and Auburn. The Bulldogs took the series at South Carolina two weeks ago. Both Arkansas and Tennessee swept the Bulldogs to round out Georgia’s conference slate. In non-conference action, the Gators and Bulldogs have two mutual opponents: Western Carolina and USC Upstate.

 

As a squad, the Bulldogs are batting .348 as a team with a .616 slugging percentage and .424 on-base mark. Paige Wilson (.415) and Kaylee Puailoa (.403) pace UGA at the plate, Wilson with a team-best 68 hits. Tess Sito (.348), Geri Ann Glasco (.388), Puailoa and Wilson all have double-digit doubles for the Bulldogs, led by Sito’s 12. Anna Swafford has a squad high five triples, while Glasco paces the team with 18 long balls. Puailoa owns 15 homers, Tina Iosefa has 14, Wilson boasts 12 and Swafford has knocked 10 round-trippers on the year. Swafford and Niaja Griffin are the biggest threats on the base paths for UGA, each 20-23 in stolen bases, while Sito is a perfect 14-14. Samantha LaZear is also boasts double digit stolen bases (10-12).

 

In the circle, Morgan Montemayor (11-6) has a team-best 2.50 ERA with 93 strikeouts in 106.1 innings pitched, while newcomer Geri Ann Glasco (17-6) owns a 3.00 ERA. Chelsea Wilkinson (5-3, 3.81 ERA) and Tess Sito (1-1, 7.00 ERA) round out the Georgia pitching staff. Glasco has a squad-high 119 Ks in a team high 128.1 innings pitched, while Wilkinson has 84 strikeouts, Sito eight.

 

FLORIDA | GEORGIA SERIES HISTORY

Florida leads, 30-21

Gators at HOME: 13-12 | AWAY: 15-7 | Neutral: 2-2

v  Last meeting: March 30-April 1, 2012 (Jack Turner Stadium | Athens, Ga.)           

v  Game One: Georgia 3, Florida  2 | Game Two: Florida 4, Georgia 2 | Game Three: Florida 6, Georgia 3

 

5/3/97

Athens, Ga.

W

1-0

5/3/97

Athens, Ga.

W

1-0

5/4/97

Athens, Ga.

W

4-3

5/4/97

Athens, Ga.

W

4-3

5/1/98

Gainesville, Fla.

W

1-0 (8)

5/1/98

Gainesville, Fla.

W

4-0

5/2/98

Gainesville, Fla.

W

8-0 (6)

5/2/98

Gainesville, Fla.

W

4-0

5/8/98

Columbus, Ga.

W

3-1

5/7/99

Athens, Ga.

W

4-3

5/7/99

Athens, Ga.

W

4-2

5/8/99

Athens, Ga.

L

7-6 (9)

5/8/99

Athens, Ga.

W

2-0

5/6/00

Gainesville, Fla.

L

5-0

5/6/00

Gainesville, Fla.

L

2-1

5/7/00

Gainesville, Fla.

W

2-0

5/7/00

Gainesville, Fla.

W

5-0

4/14/01

Athens, Ga.

L

7-1

4/14/01

Athens, Ga.

L

8-7 (9)

4/13/02

Gainesville, Fla.

W

3-2

4/13/02

Gainesville, Fla.

L

10-5 (9)

4/14/02

Gainesville, Fla.

L

3-0

4/5/03

Athens, Ga.

W

4-2

4/5/03

Athens, Ga.

L

10-1 (6)

4/6/03

Athens, Ga.

W

1-0

5/9/03

Plant City, Fla.

W

1-0

4/3/04

Gainesville, Fla.

W

6-4

4/3/04

Gainesville, Fla.

L

4-3

4/4/04

Gainesville, Fla.

L

8-0 (5)

5/13/04

Tuscaloosa, Ala.

L

7-1

4/2/05

Athens, Ga.

L

12-4 (6)

4/2/05

Athens, Ga.

W

3-2

4/3/05

Athens, Ga.

L

4-3

4/14/06

Gainesville, Fla.

L

8-5

4/15/06

Gainesville, Fla.

L

8-3

4/15/06

Gainesville, Fla.

L

12-6 (8)

3/24/07

Gainesville, Fla.

W

5-2

3/24/07

Gainesville, Fla.

W

14-0 (5)

3/25/07

Gainesville, Fla.

W

5-1

4/12/08

Athens, Ga.

W

5-0

4/12/08

Athens, Ga.

W

9-5

4/13/08

Athens, Ga.

W

5-2

3/11/09

Gainesville, Fla.

W

15-0 (5)

3/11/09

Gainesville, Fla.

W

4-0

6/5/10

Oklahoma City

L

3-2

3/25/11

Gainesville, Fla.

L

10-7

3/26/11

Gainesville, Fla.

L

13-5

3/27/11

Gainesville, Fla.

L

5-1

3/30/12

Athens, Ga.

L

2-3

3/31/12

Athens, Ga.

W

4-2

4/1/12

Athens, Ga.

W

6-3

 

NEXT UP

Following UF’s final regular-season home series of the campaign this weekend against Georgia, the Gators will wrap up the 2013 regular season on the road with a three-game conference finale at South Carolina May 3-5.  The Orange & Blue 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.

 

For live updates, box scores, stats, pictures and recaps throughout the season, be sure to visit UF on GatorZone, follow the Gators on Twitter and visit the team on Facebook for all the latest on Gator softball. For broadcast and television information, visit the UF softball schedule page.

 

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