Gators Earn No. 4 Overall Softball Seed

After some midseason struggles, the NCAA Tournament selection couldn't have been better for Florida. The Gators earned the No. 4 overall seed in the tournament and will host an NCAA Regional and Super Regional, as long as they come out of the opening weekend. It's the ninth straight year that the Gators have hosted an NCAA Regional.

Florida will host UCLA (33-17), Jacksonville (43-13) and Bethune-Cookman (33-24). The Gators open with Bethune-Cookman at 6 p.m. on Friday, while UCLA and Jacksonville will square off at 3:30 p.m. The regional consists of double elimination format and will continue until Sunday.

It's the 12th year in program history that the Gators have hosted a Regional at Pressly Stadium, including each year under head coach Tim Walton.

The Gainesville Regional is paired with the University Park (Pa.) Regional, hosted by Penn State (27-22). However, No. 13 seed Oregon (39-14) is the top seed in the Regional. Albany (NY) (28-21) and Fordham (41-17) complete the Regional that Florida will face off with if they can secure the Gainesville Regional.

That isn't a sure thing. UCLA comes to Gainesville as the reigning national champions. The teams have already squared off this season as the Gators beat then- No. 2 UCLA 4-1 in the Cathedral City Classic in Palm Springs, Calif.

Florida defeated Jacksonville 7-0 on February 16 to extend its advantage in the series history to 9-0.

The last time the Gators faced Bethune-Cookman came in the 2010 Gainesville Regional, and Florida secured a 6-0 victory. The Gators are 13-2 all-time versus the Wildcats.

Under Walton, the Gators are 13-3 in Regional play and 9-1 in the last three years. The program has also advanced to an unprecedented three consecutive Women's College World Series.

Fightin Gators Top Stories