GAINESVILLE, Fla. — The Florida softball team moved to No. 1 in both the USA Today/NFCA Coaches Poll an the ESPN.com/USA Softball Poll after yet another strong week.
At 40-3, the Gators will look to keep rolling as in-state foe UCF visits Pressly Stadium on Wednesday night at 6 p.m.
Florida has won the last 8 meetings with the Knights by a combined margin of 48-10 and leads the all-time series with a 20-4 mark.
UCF enters this meeting 23-19 for the season.
On the heels of big wins of Top 25 teams in Georgia and Florida State, the Gators went 2-1 against a Kentucky team near the bottom of the SEC standings. They will be looking to avoid any letdown this week while following the UCF game with a three-game home series against Ole Miss (31-13, 6-9 SEC).
How to watch Florida-UCF softball online
The game is airing on SEC Network + and can be streamed online via WatchESPN with Adam Schick and Kelsey Horton on the call.
The game can also be heard on WGGG (92.1 FM/1230 AM) and WMOP (100.1 FM/900 AM) with Daniel Gillman and Kelsey Stewart on the radio call.
Looking at UCF
The Knights have won 4 of their last 5 games entering their trip to Gainesville.
They are led on the mound by Alea White, who is 16-11 with a 3.21 ERA.
Offensively, Linnea Goodman is batting a team-best .388 with 10 doubles, 1 triple, 25 runs scored, 18 RBIs and 9 stolen bases.
Willow Kalinen (.354), Cassady Brewer (.331) and Courtney Rotton (.317) are also having nice seasons offensively.
Looking at the Gators
Sophomore star Kelly Barnhill was named the Louisville Slugger/NFCA Division I National Pitcher of the Week, the USA Softball Co-Player of the Week and the SEC Pitcher of the Week. Her three SEC Pitcher of the Week honors this year marks the most in one season by any Florida pitcher.
Barnhill is 18-0 with a 0.19 ERA in 110 2/3 innings, while Delanie Gourley is 13-3 with a 1.02 ERA and Aleshia Ocasio is 7-0 with a 0.84 ERA for the Gators.
Offensively, the team is batting .308 as a group.
Kayli Kvistad leads the way with a .375 average, 8 doubles, 5 home runs and 34 RBIs. Amanda Lorenz is hitting .364 with 8 doubles, 1 triple, 7 homers and 30 RBIs. And Sophia Reynoso (.336 average, 2 HRs, 23 RBIs), Nicole DeWitt (.310, 5 HRs, 29 RBIs), Justine McLean (.310 average, 14 stolen bases) and Jordan Roberts (.300, 6 HRs, 32 RBIs) are all putting up big numbers for Florida.