The Florida Gator softball team will be in action Friday as it hosts the Troy Trojans in the first game of the Lipton Invitational. This will be the third tournament of the season for the Gators but the first in front of the home crowd.
The Gators are currently riding high as the No. 1 team in the country, sitting at a comfortable 12-0. The Gators are fresh off a 6-0 victory over the Jacksonville Dolphins in which they received a great performance from junior Lauren Haeger who pitched a complete game shutout recording seven strikeouts while hitting a two-run homerun to boot.
With the win on Wednesday night, the Gators now sit with three pitchers at 4-0 on the season. With six games in three days coming up, head coach Tim Walton will be able to display all the arms on his roster.
With a total of eight players currently batting over .300, Walton is not short of playmakers he can put in the lineup. He talked about some of the opportunities players would get this weekend.
“We’re going to try to get Taylore Fuller some more action behind the plate, and we’re going to get some other players some starts, Briana Little and Chelsea Herndon have good pinch hits for us this season and they need to get some starts.”
The Gators will play two games on Friday with the first against the Troy Trojans who sit at 4-5-1 on the season having lost three of their last four games. This will be the first meeting all-time between the two teams and the first of two matchups this weekend.
In the second matchup for the Gators on Friday, they will meet the Hoosiers of Indiana University. The Hoosiers currently sit at 1-9 on the season having lost their last eight games after defeating Bradley University in their first game of the year. The Gators will face the Hoosiers for the fifth time in school history with the last meeting coming back in 2011.
Despite the Gators great start to the season, the team will be looking to improve in all phases and sophomore Taylore Fuller talked about the benefits of a tournament.
“We get a lot of at-bats, it gives a lot of chances to learn how to adjust quicker, and a chance to see how everyone works together and how the lineups work.”
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