Gators vs Alabama for Championship series

A few years ago a Florida-Alabama matchup for a championship was all about football. Not this time around, as the University of Florida softball team will square off against the Crimson Tide for a best two-of-three game matchup for all the marbles. It is the first time that two SEC teams have met for the championship series.

Florida head coach Tim Walton has his Gators in their third championship series of the Women's College World Series, but the Gators have yet to come away with the trophy. Monday night the play begins on ESPN2 at 8 p.m. Eastern as the two powerhouse programs square off. Alabama won the National championship just two years ago (2012) and is back again.

The Gators (45-11) went 1-2 against the Crimson Tide (45-11) this season and the ladies from Alabama also finished first in the SEC with a 19-5 record. The Tide lead the all-time series 32-26. Alabama came into the NCAA tournament ranked 5th in the country, while the Gators were right behind at 6th.

The Gators are 8-1 in the 2014 NCAA tournament outscoring opponents 70-7 and with seven shutouts. Led by senior pitcher Hannah Rogers on the mound, Rogers has won 29 games this year in just 35 starts and has a 1.63 ERA.

Florida came into the tournament prepared for battle having played 31 of their 56 games this season against teams that are ranked in both national polls. Not to be outdone by Rogers and company's pitching the Gators also score a bunch of runs and have scored 58 more runs than Alabama this season. Kelsey Stewart leads the way with a .434 batting average, 98 hits, 64 runs, 6 triples, and 145 total bases.

As mentioned, Monday's game against Alabama will start at 8 p.m. on ESPN2, followed by Tuesday's game at the same time and on ESPN. If a third game is needed, ESPN will also cover that one at 8 p.m.

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