The fifth ranked Florida Gator softball team (6-0) returns to action later today when they play host to UNC Wilmington and Savannah State in the season home opening tournament, The Lipton Invitational. The Gators are coming off an 11-3 victory against Jacksonville University on Wednesday. Florida trailed 1-0 in the third, but two home runs, including a Briana Little grand slam to put Florida past the Dolphins.
Florida is on quite a roll, outscoring their opponents 53-13 in just six games. Kelsey Stewart leads the way for the club, batting an impressive .565 with 13 hits, 11 runs scored, and seven RBI. Florida as a team is batting .307 with 50 hits, ten homers, and 44 RBI.
Florida has beaten several highly ranked teams, including top ten teams Oregon and Cal, and 16th ranked Arizona. Despite being undefeated on the season, Gator coach Tim Walton says they have a long way to go and still have room for improvement.
The Gators have a combined 2.10 ERA in the circle and have only allowed 12 earned runs on the season. Coach Walton thinks the entire season will come down to the pitching staff.
Senior utility player Ensley Gammel has played in limited action thus far and has pitched some too but Walton says Ensley is a great leader and contributes a lot when she's in the game.
First pitch against UNC Wilmington is set for 4 pm followed by Savannah State at 6pm from Katie Seashole Pressly Softball Stadium.