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Friday May 10, 2013SEC Softball Tourney Semifinals Postponed Until Saturday; Florida vs. Georgia is 11 a.m. on ESPNU

Lexington, Ky.

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Southeastern Conference officials have announced that the SEC Softball Tournament Semifinals have been moved to Saturday, May 11 at 11 a.m. and 1:30 p.m. ET, respectively, due to continuing inclement weather in the Lexington, Ky. area. 

 

Saturday’s semifinal between Georgia and top-seeded Florida will air live on ESPNU while the second semifinal featuring Missouri and Tennessee will air on ESPN3. The championship game slated for Saturday at 8 p.m. ET remains as scheduled and will air live on ESPN.

 

Session four semifinal tickets will be honored on Saturday, and the stadium will be cleared following the conclusion of the second semifinal game. Re-entry will be allowed at 6:30 p.m. with session five ticket stubs.

 

FLORIDA vs. GEORGIA PREVIEW

Florida softball freshman centerfielder Kirsti Merritt (Lake Panasoffkee, Fla.) went a career tying 3-for-4 with five RBI to help lead the top-seeded Gator softball squad to an 8-4 victory over Alabama Thursday in the quarterfinals of the 2013 SEC Tournament at John Cropp Stadium in Lexington.

 

Florida became the first team in the country to 50 wins with the victory, as the Gators are now 50-7 overall on the year. UF advances to the conference tournament semifinals and will face Georgia for a fourth time this season, as the Bulldogs defeated LSU, 7-0, in the second quarterfinal Thursday.

 

FLORIDA | GEORGIA SERIES HISTORY

Florida leads, 32-22

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

·          Last meeting: April 26-28 (Katie Seashole Pressly Stadium in Gainesville, Fla.)           

·          Game One: Georgia 3, Florida  2 | Game Two: Florida 5, Georgia 2 | Game Three: Florida 5, Georgia 0

 

UF’s semifinal contest will air live on ESPNU, as 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.

 

With a tie game heading into the bottom of the sixth after the Gators and Crimson Tide each put up four runs – Florida with a run in the first and three in the fourth and Alabama a four-run fifth inning – Merritt drilled her fifth homer of the season off the left-field foul pole for the eventual game-winner, her sixth of the season.

 

In addition to Merritt’s stellar day, freshman leadoff and second baseman Kelsey Stewart (Wichita, Kan.) took sole possession of UF’s single-season stolen bases record, swiping second in the fourth inning after a RBI infield single. Stewart was 2-for-4 on the day with one RBI to aid UF’s winning efforts.

 

VIDEO: Sights and Sounds from UF’s SEC Tourney Win over Bama

VIDEO: Recap of UF’s win over Alabama

PHOTO GALLERY: UF vs. Alabama

 

Florida is now 20-23 (.465) 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 (1997, 2007, 2008, 2009 and 2012).

 

The Gators are 12-4 (.750) 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 10-3 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.

 

Florida Pre SEC Tournament Game Notes

SEC Tournament Schedule & Bracket

SEC Tournament Central

 

2013 SEC SOFTBALL TOURNAMENT BRACKET (remaining)

Saturday, May 11

 

Game 7: FLORIDA vs. Georgia (ESPNU)         

11:00 a.m. ET

Game 8: Missouri vs. Tennessee (ESPN3)    

1:30 p.m. ET

Championship Game (ESPN)                                                                         

8:00 p.m. ET

 

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