Florida Gators softball will take on South Florida (29-17) in Game 1 of the NCAA Regional Tournament. Joining Florida in the Gainesville Regional will also be Baylor (27-21) and South Alabama (30-19).
Florida has hosted this tournament every year under head coach Tim Walton. Walton has been the head coach for the Gators since 2006.
The team is a number four national seed for the third time in program history. Florida has also earned a top five seed in the NCAA Tournament for the 13th consecutive season.
Coach Walton describes how proud he is of the team and more details about how the Gators manages their time in the classroom and on the field.
Scoping out Game 1
The Gators have played USF four times already this season but Walton says this could be a dangerous team because of what he says is a very good pitcher for the Bulls. He also says even though his team has beaten the Bulls this season, Game 1 of the regional will be a challenge for the Gators.
Walton has made some changes to his team over the years in the categories of who he recruits, and what skills are to be worked on. He admits that when focusing on building a stronger offense home runs can be made and games can be won, but now realizes when spending a lot of time on defense, the team has more control over the game’s outcome.
Details on Regionals
Friday-Sunday at Katie Seashole Pressly Stadium
No. 4 Florida vs. South Florida, 2 p.m. Friday Hear the game on ESPN 98.1/850 AM WRUF and ESPNU
The Super Regional is set for May 27-30.