Gators open homestand with Team USA exhibition

Former UF standout Kelsey Stewart takes the throw to second during a drill that was part of the first practice for the upcoming Stand Beside Her Tour at the softball complex on the campus of Florida Southern College in Lakeland last month. USA Olympic Softball team is preparing for the 2020 Summer Olympics in Tokyo. [PIERRE DUCHARME/THE LEDGER]

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No. 7 Florida will play nine games in the next nine days at Katie Seashole Pressly Stadium and it starts Tuesday afternoon at 6 p.m. with an exhibition contest against the USA Softball Women’s National Team.

The program will welcome back former standouts Michelle Moultrie, Aubree Munro and Kelsey Stewart to Gainesville. The trio will have the chance to play on the same dirt they once competed on as Gators in front of the fans that cheered them on to numerous SEC and national championships.

In October, the trio was selected as a part of the 15-player roster that will compete for Olympic gold at the 2020 Tokyo Olympics this summer. The group will also be the first to represent the program at an Olympics.

The Gators opened their 2020 season last weekend at the USF-Rawlings Invitational and compiled a 4-1 record through the five game stretch, while the WNT started its “Stand Beside Her Tour” presented by Major League Baseball in Tampa against USF and recently competed in the National Fastpitch Coaches Association Division I Leadoff Classic in Clearwater.

This will be the first time that Florida and Team USA will meet in an exhibition. The game can be watched online on SEC Network + with Kyle Crooks and Francesca Enea in the booth on the call.

The first 500 fans will receive a rally towel for the game and all fans will have a chance to win a Florida softball jersey, T-shirt, a signed softball and airpods. There will also be an autograph signing session at the conclusion of the game by Team USA.