GAINESVILLE, Fla. — With just two conference series remaining in the regular season, the Florida softball program will look to continue rolling toward an SEC title as it hosts Ole Miss for three games this weekend.
The anticipated with showdown Tennessee looms next week, but the No. 1 Gators can’t afford to trip up between now and then.
Florida (41-3, 15-2 SEC) is just one game ahead of the Vols and Texas A&M in the loss column entering the weekend as the focus for now remains on handling business against No. 18 Ole Miss (31-13, 6-9).
The teams start their series Friday night at 6 at Pressly Stadium.
Florida is 45-8 all-time against Ole Miss in softball and has won the last six meetings.
Game times, TV information, how to watch online, how to listen on radio
Friday, 6 p.m.: SEC Network+
Saturday, 4 p.m.: SEC Network+
Sunday, 12 p.m.: SEC Network
All three games can be viewed online via WatchESPN and can be heard on the radio on WGGG (92.1 FM/1230 AM) and WMOP (100.1 FM/900 AM).
Looking at Ole Miss
-After starting 0-6 in SEC play, the Rebels have won six of their last nine conference games, including a three-game sweep of No. 11 LSU last weekend.
-The Rebels have eight wins over Top 25 opponents this season, including four in the last two weekends.
-Junior pitcher Kaitlin Lee is 13-6 with a 1.97 ERA overall and has a 2.08 ERA in 12 SEC games.
-Junior outfielder Elantra Cox has reached safely in 17 straight games, including a 14-game hitting streak. She is batting .473 overall with 23 stolen bases in 28 attempts.
-Senior outfielder Miranda Strother ranks in the top 10 in 11 different program career offensive records and is just one run from becoming the program’s career leader in runs scored (136). She’s hitting .347 with 5 triples, 3 home runs, 24 RBIs and 19 stolen bases in 20 attempts.
-Sophomore Kylan Becker is batting .370 with 18 RBIs and 15 steals in 17 tries.
Looking at the Gators
-Florida’s Kelly Barnhill (18-0) is the only pitcher in the country still undefeated with a minimum of 15 wins. She leads the NCAA with a microscopic 0.19 ERA while the next-best mark nationally is 0.47.
-Junior Kayli Kvistad has tied the single-season program record by drawing 49 walks this season, which ranks second nationally at 1.11 walks per game.
-The Gators earned a 9-1 win over UCF on Tuesday night as Aleshia Ocasio (8-0) gave up 1 run over 5 innings of the win. Nicole DeWitt was 3-for-4 with a run, Kvistad finished 2-for-4 with a run and 3 RBIs and Chelsea Herndon went 2-for-2 with 3 RBIs in the win.