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UF Softball Schedule
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Editor’s Update: The 2020 softball season was canceled due to the spread of COVID-19 and coronavirus outbreak. Florida finished the shortened season with a 23-4 record.

Florida Gators softball managed just a 12-12 record in conference play last season, as head coach Tim Walton’s roster dropped series against top-10 teams LSU and Alabama. After stumbling in their final regular season series and losing two of three to unranked Mississippi State, the Gators needed to bear down and dig deep as the six-seed heading into the SEC Tournament.

Senior Kelly Barnhill, as the three-time NFCA All-American had been throughout her career, was lights out. UF won four games in four days, avenged those LSU and Alabama losses by beating them both, and Barnhill was named tournament MVP as UF claimed back-to-back SEC Tournament titles. The Gators swept the NCAA Regional in Gainesville, beat Tennessee in the NCAA Super Regionals, and advanced to the program’s third-straight Women’s College World Series.

Despite dropping two WCWS games to Oklahoma State and Alabama, UF closed on fire, finished the year 49-18 overall, and the Gators were rightfully named the No. 2 college softball program of the decade.

Coming into the 2020 season, don’t expect the University of Florida softball team to slow down.

Losing Barnhill and four-time All-American Amanda Lorenz — they were selected first and second overall, respectively, in the 2019 NPF Draft — leaves massive shoes to fill, but the pieces are in place for UF softball to pick up right where they left off.

Returning for the Gators is senior Kendyl Lindaman, a first-team All-SEC selection who led UF in at-bats (197), home runs (15), and RBIs (54) last season. Also back is Freshman All-SEC pitcher Elizabeth Hightower, who threw two complete-game shutouts and logged a 2.16 ERA and 55 strikeouts over 61.2 innings pitched last season.

As long as the sun rises in the East, junior Hannah Adams will be starting a second base — Since arriving in Gainesville and making the SEC All-Defensive Team as a freshman in 2018, Adams has started every single game at second.

Pair a seasoned roster with six incoming recruits — Avery Goelz, Emily Wilkie, Haley Pittman, Kali Reis, Katie Kistler and Savannah Serrata — all of whom were named All-State in high school? Yeah, Florida’s ready to compete with everyone and anyone who walks into Katie Seashole Pressly Stadium.

Florida Softball Schedule 2020

USF-Rawlings Invitational (Tampa, FL)

Feb. 7: Illinois State
Feb. 8: Fresno State
Feb. 8: Michigan
Feb. 9: Georgia State
Feb. 9: USF

Feb. 11: USA SOFTBALL (Olympic exhibition in Gainesville)
Feb. 12: UNF

Bubly Invitational (Gainesville, FL)

Feb. 14: North Dakota State
Feb. 14: Longwood
Feb. 15: North Dakota State
Feb. 15: Longwood
Feb. 16: Southeastern Louisiana
Feb. 16: Florida A&M

Feb. 19: JACKSONVILLE

Mary Nutter Collegiate Classic (Palm Springs, CA)

Feb. 21: Arizona
Feb. 21: Northwestern
Feb. 22: Arizona State
Feb. 22: UCLA
Feb. 23: Nebraska

Feb. 28-Mar. 1: LOUISIANA
Mar. 4: FGCU
Mar. 6-8: AUBURN*
Mar. 10: PENN
Mar. 11: FLORIDA STATE
Mar. 13-15: BAYLOR
Mar. 18: at Jacksonville
Mar. 20-22: at Kentucky*
Mar. 25: BETHUNE-COOKMAN
Mar. 28-30: OLE MISS*

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Apr. 1: at UCF
Apr. 3-5: at Tennessee*
Apr. 9-11: MISSOURI*
Apr. 15: USF
Apr. 18-20: at Arkansas*
Apr. 22: at Florida State
Apr. 24-26: GEORGIA*

May 1-3: at South Carolina*

May 6-9: SEC Softball Tournament (Tuscaloosa, AL)

May 14-17: NCAA Regionals

May 21-24: NCAA Super Regional

May 28-Jun 3: Women’s College World Series (Oklahoma City, OK)

* — Denotes Southeastern Conference game
ALL CAPS — Denotes home game

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John Duffley About the author:
John joins the FanBuzz team with five years of experience freelancing as a sports writer for TheDupes.net and Football.com. A graduate of Penn State University, John currently lives and works in Austin, Texas. He is also a member of the Football Writers Association of America (FWAA).
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