Sunday May 12, 2013Softball is No. 2 National Seed, Will Host USF, Georgia Southern and Hampton in NCAA Regional Play May 17-19
Photo by Chet White
Photo by Chet White
The 2013 SEC Champion Florida softball squad picked up the No. 2 National Seed in the 2013 NCAA Tournament, announced Monday evening on ESPNU, marking the Gators’ sixth straight top-five national seed. The Gators will open NCAA Tournament play Friday at 6 p.m. versus Hampton, the first-ever meeting between the two squads.
For the 11th consecutive season, the University of Florida softball team will host a NCAA Regional at Katie Seashole Pressly Stadium, and this year, the Gainesville Regional will feature MEAC Champion Hampton (33-24), SoCon Champion Georgia Southern (32-28) and Sunshine State rival and BIG EAST Champion USF (43-14), as the Bulls visit Gainesville for the second straight year in NCAA Regional action.
Play will open with the first round of the tournament in Gainesville May 17 at 3:30 p.m. as Georgia Southern and USF take to the field first, while Florida and Hampton will square off at 6 p.m. in the nightcap. Action will continue Saturday and Sunday in the double-elimination format. Florida’s selection marks the 14th year the Gators will host a Regional in the friendly confines of Pressly Stadium, including each year under 2013 SEC Coach of the Year Tim Walton.
The winner of the Gainesville Regional will play the winner of the Louisville Regional, featuring the No. 15 seed and host, Louisville (46-11), in addition to UCLA (37-18), UAB (37-16) and IPFW (32-14). The highest remaining seed will host the NCAA Super Regional round.
The Gators are 23-18 (.560) in NCAA Regional play, including 18-6 (.750) under Walton. Florida advanced to an unprecedented four-consecutive Women’s College World Series from 2008-11, including appearances in the WCWS Championship Series in both 2009 and 2011. The Orange and Blue own a 43-29 (.602) all-time record in the NCAA Tournament.
Florida is 2-0 this season against the Gainesville Regional field, having defeated USF twice, once in Tampa and once at home in Gainesville. The Gators are 1-0 against Georgia Southern (7-6 win on 3/2/01) and have the longest series history with Sunshine State rival USF. The Orange and Blue own a 35-13 all-time advantage over USF, including a 16-8 record at home. Last season, the Bulls advanced out of the 2012 NCAA Gainesville Regional and on to their first-ever WCWS.
A staggering 11 Southeastern Conference institutions were a part of the announced 64-team field, the most ever.
Florida fans can visit the Gator Ticket Office beginning Monday morning starting at 8:30 a.m. for ticket packages to the 2013 NCAA Gainesville Regional. All UF students gain free admission with Gator 1 ID card. All session passes are $25 for adults and $10 for children 12 & under, seniors (55+) and non-UF college students with proof of college ID. Single session tickets cost $10 for an adult ticket and $5 for children 12 & under, seniors (55+) and non-UF college students with proof of college ID. For fans picking up tickets on game day, the purchaser’s picture ID is required to pick up tickets. For more information, please call the Ticket Office at 352-375-4683, ext. 6800.
Stay posted to www.GatorZone.com/softball for up-to-date information regarding the 2013 NCAA Softball Tournament, as well as the Gainesville Regional, in the coming days. For live updates, box scores, stats, pictures, quotes and recaps through the postseason, 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.
2013 NCAA SOFTBALL REGIONAL INFORMATION
Gainesville Regional –May 17-19 at Gainesville, Fla.
Georgia Southern (32-38) vs. USF (43-14) | Friday, May 17, 3:30 p.m.
Hampton (33-24) vs. No. 2 seed Florida* (52-7) | Friday, May 17, 6 p.m.
Louisville Regional – May 17-19 at Louisville, Ky.
UAB (37-16) vs. UCLA (37-18)
IPFW (32-14) vs. No. 15 seed Louisville (46-11)