Updated: Gators softball, baseball teams return to diamond

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Florida outfielder Amanda Lorenz (18) stands in the middle of the huddle before the start of Wednesday's game against the Florida State Seminoles in Gainesville. [Lauren Bacho/Gainesville Sun]

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The eighth-ranked Florida softball team prepares for its fourth Southeastern Conference series of the season, as it hosts No. 14 Arkansas today through Sunday at Katie Seashole Pressly Stadium.

The Gators (29-9, 3-6 SEC) are in search of their first SEC series victory of the season against the Razorbacks (26-11, 6-6). UF enters the series with a 27-game win streak over Arkansas that dates back to April 7, 2007, and over that span has outscored the opposition 180-23 with 14 shutouts.

Today’s 6 p.m game is available on SEC Network +, while Saturday’s second game of the series (6 p.m.) is on the SEC Network and Sunday’s 1 p.m. game is on ESPN2. Fans can also listen to the series this weekend on 92.1-FM/1230-AM and 100.1-FM/900-AM.

Several Gators hitters enter on streaks: Jade Caraway is on a nine-game hit streak and over that span has compiled four multi-hit games. Over the last 10 games, Kendyl Lindman has cranked out 15 hits and has produced five multi-hit games. She ranks second on the team with 11 multi-hit games and leads the team with 12 home runs.

In Wednesday’s 2-0 loss to FSU, 2,403 fans attended, which makes it the eighth highest attended game in Katie Seashole Pressly Stadium history.

Baseball: One thing is for sure in the No. 21 Gators’ (21-10, 4-5 SEC) weekend series at No. 18 Ole Miss (20-10, 5-4 SEC), Tommy Mace (5-2, 3.42 ERA) will start tonight’s 7:30 game. No starters have been named for Saturday’s doubleheader.

[Update:] Due to the likelihood of rain on Sunday, Florida and Ole Miss will now play a doubleheader on Saturday to conclude their weekend series in Oxford. The first game will start at 1 p.m. ET and the second game of the doubleheader will begin about one hour following the conclusion of the first game.

Both games of the series will be broadcast on the Gators Sports Network and streamed online via SEC Network+.

Ole Miss is throwing righty Will Etheridge (4-2, 1.72 ERA) tonight and lefty Doug Nikhazy (2-2, 3.23 ERA) in the first game Saturday.

Super Soph: Shortstop Brady McConnell has led the offense this season with a .370 average. On the year, he leads UF with 15 multi-hit games, 44 hits and 29 runs scored. He ranks eighth in the SEC in batting average (.370) and third in total hits (44) entering the weekend. In three games against Alabama, he went 7-13 (.538) with two homers.

Calilao Producing: Freshman first baseman Kendrick Calilao has a team-high 35 RBI, tied for fifth overall in the SEC and most among all freshman nationally entering the weekend.

RBI Totals

Freshmen (Nationally)

35

Kendrick Calilao, Florida

34

Adrian Del Castillo, Miami

33

Alex Martinez, Prairie View

33

Taylor Smith, Incarnate Word

Mace’s Complete Game: Last Friday’s complete game by Tommy Mace was the first for the Gators since Brady Singer last year at Texas A&M (May 14, 2018). Singer shut out TAMU and allowed six hits with no walks. On the season, Mace has pitched into the seventh inning six times in seven starts. He ranks first in the SEC with 47.1 innings pitched entering the weekend.

Great Scott: Freshman Christian Scott was named the SEC Freshman of the Week for his performance last week against FSU and Alabama. He went 2-0 with 8.0 innings out of the bullpen, allowing just two hits and one unearned run. On the season, Scott is 3-1 with a 1.71 earned run average in 21.0 innings.

Juniors Picking Up Pace: Wil Dalton and Austin Langworthy had their best weekends of the season thus far against Alabama. They each had two multi-hit games against the Tide. Dalton went 4-12 with a homer, double and two RBI. Langworthy went 5-12 with a home run, double and three RBI.

Compiled by UF Sports Information Department.