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Gators take on Bulldogs in the Southeastern Conference Tournament
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Gators take on Bulldogs in the Southeastern Conference Tournament

AUBURN, Ala. – The Florida softball team enters the Southeastern Conference Tournament as the No. 2 seed and will face No. 7 seed Georgia in the quarterfinals on Thursday, May 9 at 5:00 PM ET on SEC Network.

The Gators (43-12) finished second in the SEC regular season with a 17-7 record and closed out the regular season conference with a series sweep of No. 8 Texas A&M at home, winning six of their last seven games. against the Top 25 competition. Overall, the Orange and Blue are 17-8 against Top 25 opponents this season.

However, with the regular season coming to an end and the advent of the SEC Tournament, the Gators are turning the page and turning their focus to tournament play. Historically, UF has a 37-29 (.561) record in the SEC Tournament and its 37 wins rank third among all league schools and trail only Alabama (46) and LSU (45).

Florida has the second-highest tournament title with five overall, just one behind Alabama’s six, and has made nine total tournament championship appearances, the most recent in 2021.

The Gators’ offense this season has put up historic numbers so far this season. The team batting average of .344 (491-for-1,428) is currently the best in program history, while the .601 slugging percentage ranks second and the .451 on base percentage ranks first in program history.

Additionally, as a team, UF has hit 99 doubles and is poised to set a new program record as the current record stands at 102 doubles during the 2008 season.

Individually at the plate for the Gators, Korbe Otis pace the offense with her .455 batting average, which includes 66 hits, 64 runs, 50 RBI and 50 walks. Otis competed this week and was the only player in the country with a stat line of over 60 hits and runs, along with over 50 RBI and walks.

Junior Kendra Falby follows with a .407 average at the team-leading 79-hit dish, which ranks fourth nationally, and has been a force over her last five games. The native of Odessa, Florida, is batting .478 with 11 hits, 9 runs, two doubles and a home run during that span.

With Falby, Otis and Skylar Wallace setting the table all season long. Jocelyn Erickson has made the most of her opportunities while leading the SEC and ranking fourth nationally with 70 RBI on the season. The Phoenix, Ariz. native currently ranks fourth all-time in UF single-season history in the RBI category and is just two away from taking over second place and is ten away from tying the record by Meagan Bush’s 80 from 2011. Erickson has also reached base safely in 50 of 55 games in the regular season.

The Gators will face the Bulldogs in the quarterfinals on Thursday after UGA defeated host No. 10 seed Auburn in walk-off fashion 6-5 (14 innings) on Wednesday night. The game between the Bulldogs and Tigers was the longest game in Southeastern Conference Tournament history, lasting 4 hours and 21 minutes.

UF and Georgia met earlier this season when the Orange & Blue won the series in Athens, Georgia, 2-1 with wins of 9-1 (5 innings) and 10-7, but dropped game two of the series 11-6 traps.

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