No. 5 Florida Gator softball (5-0) returns to the diamond tonight in Jacksonville to take on the Jacksonville University Dolphins (3-1). It will be the first of seven games for the Gators this week as they get set to host the Lipton Invitational this weekend.
The Gators are coming off an impressive performance over the weekend at the Kajikawa Classic in Tempe, Ariz. where they defeated three ranked teams. Florida freshman starting catcher Aubree Munro says last weekend’s games have raised the team’s confidence.
Florida has a young team with six freshmen, and the Orange & Blue has seen a lot of productivity from its younger players thus far. Infielder Kelsey Stewart was the most impressive Gator freshman last weekend as she went 10 for 18 at the plate with two home runs and five RBI.
Gators sophomore pitcher/first baseman Lauren Haeger said that the team is benefiting from its youth.
As for the Dolphins, they spent last weekend at the Panhandle Classic in Tallahassee where they rattled off three consecutive wins over Bethune Cookman and FAMU before falling to No. 24 Florida State 8-0.
Stewart said that Florida head coach Tim Walton wants the team to attack at the plate in order to have success tonight and throughout the rest of the season.
The Gators and Dolphins played once last year in Gainesville with Florida winning 10-2.
First pitch from Jacksonville is set for 7 p.m.