This weekend will feature a top-ten softball matchup at Katie Seashole Pressly Staduim as No. 3/3 Florida (25-2, 2-1 SEC) will host No. 6/7 (22-4, 2-1 SEC) Tennessee for a three game series. The Gators will be playing in front of their home crowd for just the third weekend this season.
The Gators are coming off a road trip to Alabama during which they went 3-1, picking up a win in Tuscaloosa over then No. 1/2 Alabama and winning two of three at Auburn. Florida head coach Tim Walton was happy with his team’s first conference road trip of the year.
The key player for Florida last weekend was sophomore outfielder Briana Little. In the Gators’ four games in Alabama, Little batted .667 with a double, three-run homer, four RBI, two walks, three hit by pitches and a .786 on base percentage. The outfielder’s performance earned her SEC Player of the Week honors, an award Little was very happy to receive.
Meanwhile, the Vols are also coming off a successful weekend during which they took two of three games from the Crimson Tide.
Tennessee has two aces in sisters Ivy and Ellen Renfroe, who are a combined 16-2 on the season with a 0.98 ERA. Walton says the versatility of both pitchers is what makes them so difficult to face.
Tennessee and Florida played four times last year, with the Gators winning three games, including a matchup in the SEC Tournament semi-final.
Walton does not expect any win against Tennssee this weekend to come easy.
The Gators have yet to lose a game at home this season (11-0).
First pitch from Katie Seashole Pressly Staduim is set for 6 p.m. Friday night.