UF SOFTBALL

Florida softball starts SEC tournament play against Georgia


Stephanie Tofft and the No. 5 Florida Gators begin SEC tournament play against Georgia at 4 p.m. on Thursday in Columbia, S.C.

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Published: Wednesday, May 7, 2014 at 8:06 p.m.
Last Modified: Wednesday, May 7, 2014 at 8:06 p.m.

No. 5 Florida looks to pad its NCAA resume when it takes on Georgia at 4 p.m. Thursday in the SEC softball tournament in Columbia, S.C. UF is the defending tournament champion and is trying to win back-to-back conference championships for the second time in program history (2008-09).

Facts

SEC tournament

Who: Georgia (42-12) vs. Florida (45-10)
When: 4 p.m. Thursday
TV: ESPN
Radio: AM-1230

The Gators (45-10) look to earn a spot as host of the first two weekends of the national tournament. With the No. 1 spot in the latest Ratings Percentage Index, the Gators are primed to accomplish that feat if they win the league tournament. Georgia (42-12) is No. 3 in the RPI.

Florida has won the SEC tournament three times in the last six seasons (2008, Baton Rouge, La.; 2009, Knoxville, Tenn.; 2013, Lexington, Ky.), the most in the conference in that span.

The Gators are 71-54 (.568) all-time in postseason games, including 22-23 (.489) in the SEC tournament and a 49-31 (.613) mark in the NCAA tournament.

A win would put Florida in Friday's semifinal against Alabama, South Carolina or Auburn at 5:30 p.m. on ESPNU. Saturday's championship game is set for 8 p.m. on ESPN2.

Following the SEC tournament, the Gators will learn their NCAA Regional site and opponents Sunday night, when the tournament field is revealed at 10 p.m. on ESPNU.

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