Florida to face USF in NCAA Softball Gainesville Regional
The Florida softball team rallied with a four-run third inning, then added two more in the fifth on home runs by Valrico alum Kelsey Horton and Taylore Fuller to earn a 7-1 win over Hampton (34-25) Friday night in the NCAA Gainesville Regional.
It was the 19th come-from-behind victory for the Gators (53-7) this season.
The Gators will play USF, a 1-0 winner over Georgia Southern, Saturday at 1 p.m. at Katie Seashole Pressly Stadium on the UF campus.
"It was a good win for us," UF coach Tim Walton said. "When you've got a young team, you don't know what you're going to get, but I thought they played well tonight."
Florida sophomore pitcher Alyssa Bache made her first postseason start, and her first start since April 17 vs. Florida State.
"I was really excited to help my team in any way I could," said Bache who went seven innings and gave up just two hits.
Horton, one of two seniors on the Gators' team, was 2-for-4 with four RBI.
“I just made some adjustments in my first and second at-bats,” Horton said. “We did a really good job getting the momentum going.”
USF lost twice to the Gators this season, but Walton said he expects a challenge on Saturday.
“They’ve got Sara Nevins and I’m sure the other pitchers on their staff and the other players on their staff are probably tired of hearing Sara Nevins because they have a full, complete team, but she’s really good,” Walton said. “She’s one of the best pitchers in the country. We know that, they know that. She’s been cruising since the time we faced them here. She’s really good. And you can prepare all you want for someone like that, but you’ve got to be able to go out there and execute.”