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Florida softball coach Tim Walton is SEC Coach of the Year

In a season in which his Gators softball team was predicted to finish seventh in the league, but made an improbable run to win the SEC regular season title, Florida coach Tim Walton has been named the SEC Coach of the Year.

It is the fourth time in Walton's eight-year tenure with the Gators he has earned the honor.

Five Gators earned All-SEC recognition, including Durant alum Kelsey Horton, who was a second team All-SEC selection in the outfield.

As a catcher last season, Horton was a Second Team All-SEC pick; she was selected to the All-Freshman team in 2010.  Horton turned in a SEC-best five sac bunts in league play, including a single-game high two versus Auburn. The Gator outfielder has a league-best 10 on the season overall and ranks 10th in the conference in walks.

Pitcher Hannah Rogers and Lauren Haeger (DP/UT) earned First-Team honors. Freshman Kelsey Stewart earned Second Team All-SEC in the infield. Stewart and Kirsti Merritt were also named to the All-Freshman team.

Florida is the No. 1 overall seed in this week's SEC Tournament, and will begin play on Thursday at 11 a.m. against the winner of the No. 8 vs. No. 9 seed contest between Alabama and Texas A&M  today.

[Last modified: Wednesday, May 8, 2013 12:55pm]


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