Gators Set to Host NCAA, Super Regional

As expected the Gator softball team will get to play at home for the NCAA Regionals, and should they advance, the Super Regional as well. Florida's 43-8 overall record and 20-4 SEC slate was impressive enough to earn the Gators the No. 4 overall seed for the NCAA Tournament. UF has reached the College World Series each of the past two seasons, and last year fell to Washington in the CWS finals.

Florida will host the NCAA Regional, which will get underway this Friday. Day one will match the Gators against Bethune Cookman while the other first round game will feature FIU and UCF in the double elimination event.

Should the seedings hold the Gators would end up hosting in the Super Regional for a third straight trip to the NCAA College World Series. Arizona State (No. 13) is seeded to face the Gators at that stage, but the Sun Devils must survive a cross country trip to UMass where they'll be the top seed, but play in front of a hostile environment. Last season Washington was almost eliminated in the Amherst Regional, but survived and ended up winning it all.


Alabama is the No. 1 national seed, which has to be encouraging to the Gators since they beat the Crimson Tide two of three earlier this season.

Florida enters the NCAA Tournament off a disappointing 9-1 loss to LSU in the SEC Tournament semi-finals. It was Florida's worst loss of the season, but fails to diminish the impact of the Gator season to this point.

Florida enters the post-season thanks in large part to a superb lineup that is loaded with power. Florida broke the school record with 96 homers this season led by Francesca Enea's school single season record of 20 and Brittany Schutte's UF freshman record of 14. Megan Bush also left the yard 14 times while Kelsey Bruder is a fourth Gator in double digit HR with 11.

Michelle Moultrie enters the NCAA Tournament with a .411 batting average, and for your information that would set a Gator single season record. Moultrie also has 12 stolen bases and has played errorless ball in centerfield. Eight of nine Florida starters are hitting above the .300 mark.

In the circle Florida will need junior Stephanie Brombacher to bounce back from a difficult outing against LSU to keep opposing offenses at bay. Brombacher (29-6, 2.06) has had a solid season and has shown poise and determination in coping with the unenviable task of replacing the greatest pitcher in school history, Stacey Nelson.


The NCAA Selection Committee obviously had a high opinion of the SEC. The league got seven teams into the event including five hosts. Three of the hosts, Alabama, Florida and No. 6 Georgia are seeded to host the Super Regional round as well while LSU (No. 12) and Tennessee (No. 15) will host the first two rounds.

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