The sixth-ranked Gator softball team hopes to turn a new leaf after a rough weekend. After being swept by now third-ranked Tennessee, the Gators (31-7, 5-7 SEC) now turn the attention to their in-state rivals, FSU. The midweek game pits the Gators against the eighth-ranked Seminoles (34-4, 12-2 ACC) for the first of two midweek games.
The Orange and Blue come into the matchup undefeated in 26 games this season against nonconference opponents. The Gators also own an 11-game winning streak against the Seminoles, dating back April 5, 2006.
Gator head coach Tim Walton says the Seminoles are a big challenge.
“Good team, really good club.” Walton said. ”They made the Super Regionals last year and they look good. They look really good on paper for sure.”
The Seminoles own a team ERA of 0.90, and Walton knows that runs could be difficult to come by; especially against ace Lacey Waldrop.
“She’s got a 0.53 ERA,” Walton said.” ”She’s 22 and 2. She’s had a really good season for them. She’s a returning All-American and pitched really well against us last year.”
After the midweek contest against FSU, the Gators welcome the 19th ranked Auburn Tigers for an SEC weekend series. The series will be followed by another midweek clash against FSU in Tallahassee.
Wednesday’s game can be heard on ESPN 850 WRUF starting at 5:50pm.
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