The Florida Gators Women’s Softball Team is on a quest to win three National Championships in a row. No matter the sport, to win three championships in a row is very impressive. If they are successful, they won’t sneak up on anyone. They go into this year’s NCAA Tournament as the #1 ranked team, where they have been for much of the season. They earned the overall #1 seed entering the tournament as well.
What should really worry opposing teams is they go into this tournament starting on a new win streak as they lost in the semifinals of the SEC Tournament to the eventual winner Auburn Tigers, 2-1. The Gators are led by Aleshia Ocasio in the circle who is 20-1 on the season. The other two pitchers are pretty good as well with Delanie Gourley at 18-3 and Kelly Barnhill at 15-1. Both Ocasio and Gourley have ERAs under 1.00 and Barnhill is 1.37. So scoring on these ladies is nearly impossible. THey have a senior catcher in Aubrey Munroe who has one error in her career!
At the plate, Amanda Lorenz leads the Gators with a .400 average followed by Kayli Kvistad at .396. Kvistad leads them with 11 home runs as well.
The Gators are hosting the Gainesville Regional this weekend where they have started by “run-ruling” Alabama State 11-0. They will face the UCF Knights in the winner’s bracket on Saturday. The Knights beat FAU 1-0 to draw the unenviable task of facing the Gators.
If Florida is successful in winning their third consecutive Women’s College World Series, they will be only the second team to do so. The UCLA Bruins won three straight back in the 1980s. IF they can do it, then the Gators will be in great shape to pull off another rare feat, winning both the Women’s and Men’s College World Series in the same year. The Gators baseball team has been ranked #1 for most of the season and is the current #1 team. They will likely be the favorites to win the Men’s CWS as well.
Last year, Florida came close to pulling this off when the women won their second National Championship in a row and the baseball team finished one game short of appearing in the College World Series Championship Series. These should be a very interesting few weeks in Gator Country.