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Thursday May 2, 2013No. 2/3 Softball Columbia-Bound for Regular-Season Finale at South Carolina

Gainesville, Fla.

The No. 2/3 Florida softball squad hits the road Thursday for its final regular-season series – and conference finale – at South Carolina with the SEC regular-season title and conference tournament seeding on the line. The Gators visit the Gamecocks for a three-game set beginning May 3 at the newly constructed Carolina Softball Stadium at Beckham Field in Columbia.

 

FLORIDA vs. SOUTH CAROLINA BROADCAST INFORMATION

DATE

TIME

LIVE STREAM

RADIO

STATS

5/3

6 pm

USC Video

LISTEN

TRACK

5/4

2 pm

USC Video

LISTEN

TRACK

5/5

1 pm

USC Video

LISTEN

TRACK

 

The Gators, 47-6 overall and 16-5 in SEC play, are just three wins shy of their fifth 50-win season in program history. UF’s 47 victories pace the nation. The final weekend of SEC play throughout the league will help determine SEC Tournament seeding, along with hashing out the SEC regular-season champion. Tennessee (15-4, .789), Florida (16-5, .762) and LSU (15-6, .714) round out the top three institutions in the standings heading into the final regular-season weekend May 3-5, with both SEC Tournament seeding and the regular-season title up for grabs.

 

The No. 4/2 Lady Vols will visit No. 11 Missouri this weekend; the Gators face the Gamecocks on the road in Columbia and No. 8/11 LSU will head to Athens to finish up conference play at No. 24 Georgia. Florida has three SEC Championships (1998, 2008 and 2009), has won the SEC Eastern Division five times (1998, 2008, 2009, 2010 and 2011) and has been a top-five national seed in the NCAA Tournament the past five years.

 

The weekend is equally as important for the Gamecocks, as USC is hoping to stay in contention for a SEC Tournament berth, which would be its first since the 2007 season.

 

Florida, ranked No. 3 in the country in the latest RPI, now has 16 come-from-behind wins this season (six in SEC play). The Gators are 4-2 in extra innings, 11-4 (.733) against top-25 opponents. The Orange and Blue own 14 run-rules and 17 shutouts this season. Florida is one of 12 programs, four in the SEC (LSU, Tennessee, Missouri), to have a winning record versus RPI 1-25, RPI 26-50 and RPI 51-100 this season.

 

Florida is 9-3 versus 1-25 RPI opponents, 11-2 against opponents ranked 26-50 in the RPI rankings and 16-1 against teams 50-100 in the most recent RPI standings, released Monday.

 

THE ROAD TO LEXINGTON (2013 SEC TOURNAMENT)

With the SEC regular-season race set to be determined this weekend, seeding for the 2013 SEC Tournament – hosted by Kentucky May 8-11 – will be released on Sunday evening.

 

Team

Record  

Pct.      

Games Back

Games Remaining

1. Tennessee* 

15-4        

.789     

--               

3 – at MIZ

2. Florida*  

16-5        

.762      

--                 

3 – at SC

3. LSU*

15-6

.714

1

3 – at UG

4. Missouri*

13-7

.650

2.5

3 – vs. UT

5. Alabama*

12-9

.571

4

3 – vs. UK

6. Georgia*

12-9

.571

4

3 – vs. LSU

7. Kentucky*

11-10

.524

5

3 – at UA

8. Arkansas

9-10

.474

6

3 – vs. AU

9. Texas A&M

8-12

.400

7.5

3 – vs. MS

10. South Carolina

7-14

.333

9

3 – vs. UF

11. Auburn           

7-14        

.333     

--                 

3 – at AR

12. Mississippi State 

7-14        

.333      

--          

3 – at TAMU   

X13. Ole Miss         

3-21        

.125      

5.5         

0   

 

[*] Clinched SEC Tournament berth

[X] Eliminated from SEC Tournament

 

Possible Tournament Seedings Heading into Weekend

1. UT, UF, LSU, MIZ

2. UT, UF, LSU, MIZ

3. UT, UF, LSU, MIZ, UG

4. UT, UF, LSU, MIZ, UA, UG, UK

5. LSU, MIZ, UA, UG, UK, AR

6. LSU, MIZ, UA, UG, UK, AR

7. MIZ, UA, UG, UK, AR, TAMU

8. UA, UG, UK, AR, TAMU, SC, AU, MS

9. UK, AR, TAMU, SC, AU, MS

10. AR, TAMU, SC, AU, MS

 

FLORIDA IN THE NATION AND SEC

UF enters the final conference clash of the season ranked second in the country in win-loss percentage (.887), fourth in fielding percentage (.978), seventh in ERA (1.66), eighth in triples per game (.340), 10th in scoring (6.81), 14th in homers per game (1.34) and 15th in slugging percentage (.525). Individually, junior ace Hannah Rogers (Lake Wales, Fla.) ranks sixth in the country in wins (26), 12th in shutouts (8) and 17th in ERA (1.38). Freshman Kelsey Stewart (Wichita, Kan.) continues to pace the country with seven triples and sophomore Briana Little’s (Middleburg, Fla.) 17 HBP (0.35 per game) rank 18th in the country.

 

Entering this week of play, the Orange and Blue pace the SEC in wins (47), ERA (1.66), walks (268), triples (18), hit by pitch (63), while ranking second in sac bunts (42), batters struck out (350), saves (5), innings pitched (354.2), fielding percentage (.977) and double plays (21). Florida is third in the conference in RBI (317), on-base percentage (.425), runs (361), doubles (71), total bases (703) and home runs (71).

 

Rogers highlights UF’s individuals among the SEC standings, ranking first in the conference in wins in the circle and second in the league in ERA (1.38).

 

LAST TIME OUT FOR THE GATORS

The No. 2/3 Florida Softball squad won its seventh league series of the year, clinching its second-to-last conference series of the season with Saturday (5-2) and Sunday (5-0) wins against the No. 23 Georgia Bulldogs after the Dawgs took the series opener, 3-2. UF improved to 47-6 overall, 16-5 in SEC play and celebrated its two seniors in a pregame ceremony Saturday before Sunday’s finale. Haeger paced the Gators at the plate through the weekend series against UGA with a .556 batting clip (5-for-9) and a team-best five RBI on the weekend, including the game-winning three-run blast Saturday for UF. Haeger then went yard Sunday with a solo shot, finishing the weekend with two long balls. Junior Stephanie Tofft (Lincoln, Calif.) batted .375 (3-for-8), while freshmen Stewart (.364) and Taylor Schwarz (Palm Beach Gardens, Fla.) (.222) followed in suit. Schwarz accounted for four of UF’s five runs Sunday, forcing a UGA error that allowed two to score before ripping a two-RBI triple for runs three and four of the day. Rogers earned two decisions on the weekend, going 1-1 with a 1.00 ERA, nine strikeouts and two complete games, including a two-hit shutout Sunday to improve to 26-4 on the season with a 1.38 ERA on the year. Haeger handled Saturday’s win in the circle for UF, working a complete game, allowing just two runs and fanning nine on the day.

 

FLORIDA | SOUTH CAROLINA STATISTICALLY

UF

Category

USC

47-6

Record

30-20

16-5

Conference Record

7-14

.286

Batting Average

.312

1338

At Bats

1371

361

Runs

315

383

Hits

428

71

Doubles

74

18

Triples

10

71

Home Runs

41

316

Runs Batted In

273

.525

Slugging Percentage

 .470

94-108

Stolen Bases/Attempts

66-75

268

Walks

146

322

Strikeouts

206

.425

On-Base Percentage

 .395

1.66

Team ERA

3.50

6.47

Opponent ERA

5.02

5

Saves

3

127

Walks

123

350

Strikeouts

191

.204

Batting Average Against

 .255

33

Errors

50

 

SCOUTING SOUTH CAROLINA

The Gamecocks earned their first SEC road three-game sweep since 2008, taking three games at Mississippi State to help the Gamecocks put themselves in position to make the SEC Tournament for the first time since 2007. Redshirt senior Audrey Broyles pitched a pair of shutouts on the week, including tossing a three-hit gem on Saturday against the Bulldogs to clinch South Carolina’s second straight SEC series. Junior Ashlyn Masters hit two homers, both providing the game-winning RBI on Saturday and Sunday, and drove in six runs on the weekend, while senior Samie Garcia scored three times and hit two doubles in the series. Garcia drove in the game-tying run on Sunday in the fourth and went 4-for-4 to help lead the Gamecocks to the win. Redshirt sophomore Julie Sarratt tossed two complete-game wins on the week as well, while freshman Katie Marks came in on Sunday and silenced the Bulldog offense to get the relief win. The Gamecock defense played stellar all weekend as well, not committing an error in helping to keep the speedy Bulldogs off the basepaths. Garcia advanced on many career charts, including into 10th in both hits and total bases.

 

The sweep at Mississippi State is the first three-game sweep in Starkville for the Gamecocks in history and helped South Carolina tie both Auburn and Mississippi State in the SEC Tournament chase. The Gamecocks own the tiebreaker over both, meaning South Carolina just needs to match the two in wins over the final weekend of play to make the field of the conference tourney for the first time since 2007.

 

Garcia leads USC at the plate with a .424 clip, while Sarratt has tossed 101.2 innings for the Gamecocks with a team-low 2.96 ERA. Sarratt has 65 Ks and owns a 10-5 record. Broyles (9-8, 3.66 ERA) has 44 Ks in 97.2 IP.

 

FLORIDA | SOUTH CAROLINA SERIES HISTORY

Florida leads, 36-19

Gators at HOME: 16-5 | AWAY: 18-11| Neutral: 2-3

v  UF swept last year’s series in Gainesville | Florida has won 26 straight in the history of the series  

v  Game One: UF 9, USC 1 (5) | Game Two: UF1, USC 0 | Game Three: UF 7, USC 3

 

3/15/97

Gainesville, Fla.

L

5-0

3/15/97

Gainesville, Fla.

L

8-2

3/16/97

Gainesville, Fla.

L

1-0 (8)

3/16/97

Gainesville, Fla.

L

6-4

5/9/97

Columbus, Ga.

L

6-1

5/11/97

Columbus, Ga.

L

6-0

3/13/98

Columbia, S.C.

L

2-0

3/13/98

Columbia, S.C.

W

8-5

3/14/98

Columbia, S.C.

W

5-2

3/14/98

Columbia, S.C.

W

4-1

5/9/98

Columbus, Ga.

W

1-0 (9)

3/9/99

Gainesville, Fla.

W

4-3

3/9/99

Gainesville, Fla.

L

7-6

3/10/99

Gainesville, Fla.

L

5-1

3/10/99

Gainesville, Fla

L

6-5 (9)

3/12/00

Tampa, Fla.

L

9-2

3/17/00

Columbia, S.C.

L

7-1

3/17/00

Columbia, S.C.

W

7-0

3/18/00

Columbia, S.C.

L

6-1

3/18/00

Columbia, S.C.

W

12-0 (5)

4/21/01

Columbia, S.C.

W

4-1

4/21/01

Columbia, S.C.

L

3-0

4/22/01

Columbia, S.C.

L

3-1

4/20/02

Gainesville, Fla.

W

1-0 (8)

4/20/02

Gainesville, Fla.

W

2-1

4/21/02

Gainesville, Fla.

L

1-0

4/12/03

Columbia, S.C.

L

2-1

4/12/03

Columbia, S.C.

L

3-1

4/13/03

Columbia, S.C.

L

2-1

5/8/03

Plant City, Fla.

W

6-2

4/10/04

Gainesville, Fla.

W

2-0

4/10/04

Gainesville, Fla.

W

4-3

4/11/04

Gainesville, Fla.

W

5-3

4/9/05

Columbia, S.C.

W

1-0

4/9/05

Columbia, S.C.

W

3-0

4/10/05

Columbia, S.C.

W

4-2

5/6/06

Gainesville, Fla.

W

5-2

5/6/06

Gainesville, Fla.

W

3-2

5/7/06

Gainesville, Fla.

W

6-1

4/24/07

Columbia, S.C.

W

8-0

4/24/07

Columbia, S.C.

W

10-0

3/26/08

Gainesville, Fla.

W

6-0

3/26/08

Gainesville, Fla.

W

1-0

3/7/09

Columbia, S.C.

W

4-2 (8)

3/7/09

Columbia, S.C.

W

3-1

3/8/09

Columbia, S.C.

W

6-0

5/8/10

Gainesville, Fla.

W

20-0 (5)

5/8/10

Gainesville, Fla.

W

6-1

5/9/10

Gainesville, Fla.

W

9-0 (5)

4/29/11

Columbia, S.C.

W

5-0

4/30/11

Columbia, S.C.

W

6-1

5/1/11

Columbia, S.C.

W

6-1

3/16/12

Gainesville, Fla.

W

9-1 (5)

3/17/12

Gainesville, Fla.

W

1-0

3/18/12

Gainesville, Fla.

W

7-3

 

NEXT UP

The Orange & Blue will next head 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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