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Gator Softball now holds the No. 1 ranking in both national polls.

Tuesday February 18, 2014Gator Softball Ranked No. 1 in USA Today/NFCA Poll, Holds Top Spot in ESPN.com / USA Softball Survey

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Gator Softball now holds the No. 1 ranking in both national polls.

Following a 5-0 weekend at the Easton Desert Classic in Las Vegas, Gator Softball earned the No. 1 ranking in the USA Today/NFCA poll, announced Tuesday (Feb. 18) by the National Fastpitch Coaches Association. The Gators (11-0 overall) also maintained their No. 1 spot in the ESPN.com / USA Softball poll, released by the Amateur Softball Association of America.

 

Florida received 15 of 32 first-place votes in the USA Today/NFCA poll to overtake previous No. 1 Tennessee by six points, and the Orange and Blue earned 12 of 20 No. 1 votes in the ESPN.com / USA Softball survey to hold a 19-point lead over second-ranked Washington. 

 

During the Easton Desert Classic, the Gators hit 12 home runs in five games and outscored their opponents by a combined margin of 59-6. UF defeated Seattle University, Hawaii, Ohio State, Cal State Northridge and No. 24/22 Minnesota, including mercy-rule victories over the Rainbow Wahine, Buckeyes and Gophers. Junior Lauren Haeger led Florida with four home runs to win the Southeastern Conference Player of the Week award.

 

The full USA Today/NFCA poll can be found here, while the complete ESPN.com / USA Softball poll is available here.

 

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