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Wednesday May 8, 2013No. 1 Seed Gator Softball Ready for 2013 SEC Tournament Play in Lexington

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The 2013 SEC softball regular-season champion Florida Gators head to Lexington Wednesday for competition in the SEC Softball Tournament, hosted this year by Kentucky at newly constructed John Cropp Stadium. After clinching its fourth regular-season title in program history Sunday, the Gators will be aiming for their third-ever SEC Tournament title after sweeping both the regular season and tournament titles in both 2008 and 2009.

 

The Orange and Blue, ranked No. 2/3 nationally in this week’s polls, embark upon Lexington as the No. 1 overall seed in the SEC Tournament, giving them a first-round bye. Florida will play the winner of the No. 8 vs. No. 9 seed contest between Alabama and Texas A&M on Thursday, May 9 at 11 a.m. (ET). The Crimson Tide and Aggies take to the field Wednesday at 4 p.m. (ET).

 

The contest between the Gators and either Alabama or Texas A&M will be broadcast live on ESPNU, as the complete 2013 SEC Tournament will once again air on the ESPN family of networks, with the Championship Game slated to be broadcast on ESPN Saturday, May 11, at 8 p.m. ESPN’s softball crew of Beth Mowins, Holly Rowe, Michele Smith, Jessica Mendoza and Cara Capuano will handle coverage through the duration of the tournament.

 

Gator fans can also keep track of all Florida’s games live locally and online on the radio at 105 The Game, with Adam Schick and Megan Bush on the call. For all broadcast information throughout the week, stay posted to UF’s schedule page on GatorZone.com.

 

Florida enters the conference tournament at 49-7 overall on the season, just one win shy of the fifth 50-win program in Gator softball history. UF ranks second in the NCAA in win-loss percentage (.875), fourth in fielding percentage (.979), sixth in ERA (1.64) and 13th in scoring (6.61/game).

 

Eighth year UF head coach Tim Walton, the 2013 SEC Coach of the Year, will lead a young Gator squad featuring five All-SEC student-athletes through the next several days at the league tournament. Walton became the 10th University of Florida head coach to pick up conference Coach of the Year honors this season, while UF’s SEC Championship was a school and league-record tying eighth of the campaign for Florida athletics.

 

Florida is 19-23 (.452) all-time in the SEC Tournament and advanced to the SEC Tournament Championship last season for the fifth time in program history. The Orange and Blue have played in the SEC Championship Game five times, three of those occasions against SEC Western Division rival Alabama.

 

The Orange and Blue faced Alabama earlier this season, knocking off the then-No. 1 team in the land with a mid-week, non-conference 8-4 victory to kick off UF’s spring break road trip in the Heart of Dixie. Alabama leads the all-time history of the series, 30-24, including a 6-3 edge on neutral ground.

 

While Florida didn’t face SEC newcomer Texas A&M as part of its regular-season slate in 2013, the Gators and Aggies met just last season in 2012 at the Cathedral City Classic in Palm Springs. UF opened play in California with a 6-4 victory over the Aggies at the Big League Dreams Sports Complex. UF and TAMU have met just seven times and the Gator victory Feb. 23, 2012, gave the Gators the 4-3 all-time advantage in the history of the series. Florida leads 2-1 on neutral ground.

 

Notably, Alabama won the three-game series against Texas A&M March 29-31 in College Station. The Aggies took the series opener, 3-2, at home before the Crimson Tide rebounded with 6-2 and 4-1 victories in games two and three, respectively.

 

The Gators are 11-4 (.733) against top-25 opponents, tops in the SEC, own 17 come-from-behind wins – seven in SEC play – and are 5-2 (.714) in extra-inning games in 2013. Florida owns 18 shutouts, paced by junior ace Hannah Rogers’ (Lake Wales, Fla.) nine. Florida is 9-3 versus 1-25 RPI opponents, 13-3 against opponents ranked 26-50 in the RPI rankings and 16-1 against teams 50-100 in the most recent RPI standings.

 

Tickets for the single-elimination tournament can be purchased through the Kentucky Athletic Ticket Office by visiting www.ukathletics.com.      

 

2013 SEC SOFTBALL TOURNAMENT BRACKET

Wednesday, May 8

 

Game 1: #8 Alabama vs. #9 Texas A&M (ESPNU)                

4:00 p.m. ET

Game 2: #7 Kentucky vs. #10 South Carolina (ESPNU)

6:30 p.m. ET

 

 

Thursday, May 9

 

Game 3: #1 Florida vs. Winner of game 1 (#8 vs. #9) (ESPNU) 

11:00 a.m. ET

Game 4: #4 LSU vs. #5 Georgia (ESPNU)                                   

1:30 p.m. ET

Game 5: #3 Missouri vs. #6 Arkansas (ESPNU)                

4:00 p.m. ET

Game 6: #2 Tennessee vs. Winner of game 2 (#7 vs. #10) (ESPN)

7:30 p.m. ET

 

 

Friday, May 10

 

Game 7: Game 3 winner vs. Game 4 winner (ESPNU)         

3:00 p.m. ET

Game 8: Game 5 winner vs. Game 6 winner (ESPNU)    

5:30 p.m. ET

 

 

Saturday, May 11

 

Championship Game (ESPN)                                                                         

8:00 p.m. ET

 

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