The Florida Gators softball team plays USF Wednesday at home. The No. 14 Gators come into this game with a 31-11 record following a series win against No. 11 Georgia. The Bulls enter the game with a record of 27-18 and are on a five-game win streak. USF won its last game 13-1 against Stetson on April 12.
We’re playing two tonight‼️ #GoGators
🆚 USF (DOUBLEHEADER)
🕰️ 6 PM (ET) & 30 mins after GM1
📍 Gainesville, Fla.
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📊 GM-2 https://t.co/uXdcaQ3cQU
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— Gators Softball (@GatorsSB) April 19, 2023
The Bottom Line
The Gators are 6-4 in their last 10 games but have a 20-4 record at home. Florida is coming off of its third SEC series victory against Georgia on Sunday, winning the first two games of the series. The Bulls are 7-3 in their last 10 games but are 2-3 on the road this season. They are coming off of wins against Stetson and Tulsa. This is the first meeting of the season between the two teams after their first meeting got postponed in February.
The Gators have had an impressive offensive showing this season, batting .333. This ranks them first in the SEC and 10th nationally. They rank sixth nationally in scoring (7.12 rpg), third in on base percentage (.437), fifth in walks (.173) and 10th in slugging percentage (.533).
USF on the other hand is batting .249 on the season with a .317 on base percentage and .370 slugging percentage.
The Gators are led by junior Skylar Wallace. Wallace is batting .465 on the season and has 13 home runs to combine with 43 RBIs and 46 hits. Wallace is coming off of an exceptional weekend at the plate, hitting four home runs with three on Friday. Her performance allowed her to earn SEC Player of the Week for the third time this season.
Florida has also enjoyed the contributions of sophomore Kendra Falby, who is batting .408 with 53 hits and 17 RBIs.
The Bulls are led by junior Marissa Trivelpiece. Trivelpiece is batting .301 on the year with a .381 on base percentage. She also has six home runs to go along with 25 RBIs and 31 hits. Senior Emilee Hanlon has also been critical to USF’s success. Hanlon is batting .298 this season with 25 hits and 11 RBIs.
First pitch is set for 7 p.m.