No. 12 Tennessee (42-15)
No. 5 Florida (47-15)
Tennessee- defeated Longwood 8-0 (6), defeated Ohio State 12-4, lost to North Carolina 1-0, defeated North Carolina 2-0.
Florida- defeated Boston 3-0, defeated Boise State 8-0 (5), defeated Boise State 5-0 in the Gainesville Regional.
The Gators will look to advance to the Women’s College World Series for the third straight season. To do so, Florida will have to defeat conference rival Tennessee in Super Regional play beginning Friday.
The two teams played in a three game series to open SEC play with the Volunteers taking the series. Tennessee run-ruled the Gators in the series opener and took game two by a 3-0 score. Florida came back and run-ruled the Vols in the finale.
Players to watch:
Tennessee- Aubrey Leach (.409 BA, .524 OBP, 2 HR, 23 RBI, 19-20 SB); Chelsea Seggern (.368 BA, 6 HR, 40 RBI); Haley Bearden (.318 BA, 14 HR, 45 RBI); Ashley Rogers (21-5, 1.87 ERA, 0.90 WHIP); Caylan Arnold (10-8, 2.41 ERA)
Florida- Amanda Lorenz (.424 BA, .560 OBP, 11 HR, 41 RBI); Kendyl Lindaman (.337 BA, 14 HR, 52 RBI); Hannah Adams(.285 BA, 3 HR, 27 RBI); Kelly Barnhill (32-11, 1.48 ERA, 327 K)
Game one – Friday 7:00 PM ESPN2
Game two- Saturday 6:00 PM ESPN
Game three- Sunday 2:00 PM ESPNU*
* If necessary
The Gators look more like the team that we expected coming into this season than the team that played throughout the regular season. Florida has now won eight straight going back to the regular season finale against Mississippi State.
Tennessee entered the NCAA Tournament on a 6-6 run in their final twelve games including a one-and-done at the SEC Tournament. The Vols had the no. 2 offense in the SEC during the regular season. Tennessee is a good team, but Florida is a better team when it’s clicking.
Florida wins. There’s no way that two generational type of players in Kelly Barnhill and Amanda Lorenz can finish their careers without a World Series berth. The Gators have flipped the switch at the right time and should make the trek to Oklahoma City for the third straight season.