UF softball team ready for Women’s College World Series

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The Gators are in the Women's College World Series for the ninth time in the program's history.[Cyndi Chambers/Correspondent]

Special to Gatorsports.com

OKLAHOMA CITY – The second-seeded Florida softball team will take on No. 7-seed and Southeastern Conference foe Georgia at 7 tonight in its first game of the Women’s College World Series. ESPN2 will provide game coverage.

“They’re a good team, so we have to do what we do, and as a pitcher, I have to hit my spots and make the ball move,” UF pitcher Kelly Barnhill said. “After that, it’s just play ball.”

The Gators (55-9) advanced the WCWS after winning three-straight during the NCAA Gainesville Regional with decisions over Bethune-Cookman and Ohio State twice. UF advanced the its ninth overall WCWS after taking a thrilling three-game series against No. 15-seed Texas A&M.

Jordan Matthews crushed a walk-off three-run home run in the seventh inning to win the deciding game three 5-3 over the Aggies.

Every game that the Gators play at the WCWS will be broadcast on 92.1-FM/1230-AM and 100.1-FM/900-AM.


NCAA Division I Softball World Series Glance

At ASA Hall of Fame Stadium

Oklahoma City

All Times EDT

Double Elimination; x-if necessary

Today

Game 1 — Oregon (52-8) vs. Arizona State (48-11), Noon, ESPN

Game 2 — Oklahoma (55-3) vs. Washington (49-8), 2:30 p.m., ESPN

Game 3 — Florida (55-9) vs. Georgia (48-11), 7 p.m., ESPN2

Game 4 — UCLA (56-5) vs. Florida State (52-11), 9:30 p.m., ESPN2

Friday

Game 5 — Game 1 winner vs. Game 2 winner, 7 p.m.

Game 6 — Game 3 winner vs. Game 4 winner, 9:30 p.m.

Saturday

Game 7 — Game 1 loser vs. Game 2 loser, Noon

Game 8 — Game 3 loser vs. Game 4 loser, 2:30 p.m.

Game 9 — Game 6 loser vs. Game 7 winner, 7 p.m.

Game 10 — Game 5 loser vs. Game 8 winner, 9:30 p.m.

Sunday

Game 11 — Game 5 winner vs. Game 9 winner, 1 p.m.

Game 12 — Game 6 winner vs. Game 10 winner, 3:30 p.m.

x-Game 13 — Game 5 winner vs. Game 9 loser, 7 p.m.

x-Game 14 — Game 6 winner vs. Game 10 loser, 9:30 p.m.

NOTE: If only one game is necessary, it will be played at 7 p.m.

Championship Series

(Best-of-3)

Monday: Teams TBD, 7 p.m.

Tuesday: Teams TBD, 8 p.m.

x-Wednesday: Teams TBD, 8:30 p.m.


Notable Notes:

  • Kelly Barnhill, Amanda Lorenz and Nicole DeWitt each earned NFCA All-American honors today. This is Lorenz’s third All-American accolade while it’s Barnhill’s second and DeWitt’s first.
  • The nine Women’s College World Series appearances are the most by any program in the country since 2008. During that span, the Gators have made the championship series five times and have won two national titles (2014, 2015).
  • UF leads the nation with 348 walks on the season and is just two away from breaking the current NCAA single-season record, which Auburn set in 2016 with 349.
  • Amanda Lorenz is hitting .615 (8-for-13) in NCAA postseason play with six RBI, six runs scored, 12 walks and 1.000 slugging percentage.

3 COMMENTS

  1. Florida gator girls hold your head high you played a good game last night you can’t beat a team with the ref not calling the game right then need to just stop this play off because the refs can be paid off the girl was out at the plate and y’all got screwed the whole game Kelly picked up her heel and they called her out but UCLA girl never keep her foot down the whole game but was never called on it