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Antonya English

Florida softball wins SEC tournament title, earns national No. 1 seed

 Softballchamps On Saturday afternoon, the Florida softball team won its second consecutive SEC tournament championship with an 8-5 win over Alabama. Sophomore Megan Bush set the tone for the Gators with her second grand slam of the season, giving Florida a 5-2 lead it never relinquished.

Sunday night, the top-ranked Gators (55-3) were rewarded for a regular season of excellence with the No. 1 overall seed in the NCAA women's softball tournament.

It is the second straight No. 1 seeding for the Gators, who also won the SEC regular season and tournament titles in 2008. Florida is one of nine SEC teams to make the national tournament, the most of any conference in the nation.  Three other conference teams earned top-16 seeds. No. 4 Alabama and No. 13 Tennessee will host, and No. 6 Georgia will travel to Chapel Hill, N.C.  Arkansas, Auburn,Kentucky and Mississippi State also made the field of 64.

The Gators will host Florida A&M (30-30), Lehigh (36-16-1) and Texas A&M (31-19) in an NCAA Regional in Gainesville beginning on Friday, May 15. Lehigh and Texas A&M will play at 3:30 p.m., while the Gators will face FAMU at 6 p.m.

If Florida and Texas A&M advance, it will set up a rematch of last year's Women's College World Series game that ended the Gators' season. Florida lost 1-0 to Texas A&M in a nine-inning game - one shy of making the title game. The Aggies eventually lost to Arizona State in the Championship.

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[Last modified: Wednesday, May 26, 2010 12:57pm]

    

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