In the last decade, Florida’s softball team has made some serious noise on the diamond. They turned the decade with a trip to the WCWS, though they quickly lost to the soon-to-be champions in the UCLA Bruins. The Gators posted a four year streak in which they headed to the World Series from 2008-2011.
And while in those years Florida fell short of a National Championship, it didn’t take long for Florida to rebound and finally get the ring they were chasing all those years.
In 2014 and 2015, the Gators won back-to-back softball National Championships. And since then, they’ve continued to find considerable success in picking up a handful of SEC Championships and deep runs in the WCWS.
In short, it’s been quite the decade for Florida’s softball team – perhaps its best ever. With two National Championships, eight WCWS appearances and perfect attendance at the NCAA Tournament in the last ten years, when you take a look at some of the players that have worn the orange and blue in the last 10 years, its no wonder the success that they’ve had.
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There’s very little surprise here. Florida consistently produces some of the best pitchers to play the game – it’s almost like the (typical) excellence at quarterback in Gainesville, Florida softball has high expectations when it comes to who’s in the circle. And in the last 10 years, they’ve had some good ones.
Lauren Haeger – 2012-2015 / 2015 National Collegiate Player of the Year / 2015 SEC Female Athlete of the Year
While there has been no shortage of great pitchers in the orange and blue, Haeger is by far the best two-way pitcher. Haeger’s pitching stats don’t necessarily jump out at you – she doesn’t have the best ERA or the most strikeouts, but her pitching stats are still good enough to get the job done. Haeger mustered 531 strikeouts in her time at Florida and has 23 shutouts under her belt. But what she did offensively is what makes her so special. In fact, Haeger is the only athlete in men’s and women’s sports to share a stat with Babe Ruth – like Ruth, Haeger has also reached the 70-70 plateau… 70 career wins and 70 homeruns. At bat, Haeger has the eighth best on base percentage (.458) and the most homeruns in Florida history with 71.
Kelly Barnhill – 2016-2019 / 2019 No. 1 Overall NPF Draft Pick / 2017 ESPNw Female Player of the Year
Kelly Barnhill was certainly more one dimensional than Haeger was, but when it comes to a pitcher being solely a pitcher, Barnhill certainly is one of, if not the best to ever do it in the orange and blue. In Gainesville, Barnhill stands as the queen of strikeouts with a UF record 1,208 of them. She also leads the Gators in opponents batting average (.134), strikeouts looking (328) and strikeouts per seven innings (10.53). At a larger scale, Barnhill leads the NCAA ranks in shutouts with 44 and games started with 137.
Hannah Rogers – 2011-2014 / 4x All-American / 2014 SEC Female Athlete of the Year
Rogers time in Gainesville unfortunately became a bit overshadowed as Tim Walton continued to rake talent into Gainesville’s pitching circle. Though, the Lake Wales, Fla. Native was still incredibly talented and efficient from the circle. Helping build the Gators to their National Championship in 2014, Rogers records the most saves in UF history with five, as well as the seventh best ERA with 1.23. Rogers also held opponents’ batting average to just .186, which also gets her a seventh place spot in UF ranks.
Kayli Kvistad – 2015-2018 / 2x All-American / 2017 All-SEC First Team
With an on-base percentage .492, Kvistad comes in second in the UF ranks in that category. She also leads the pack in walks with 186 in her career in addition to 193 RBIs – giving her a fifth place finish in the UF ranks for RBIs. While Kvistad was talented at the plate, she also boasts a .991 fielding percentage – the tenth best in UF history. Photo by Shane Bevel / Getty Images
Kelsey Stewart – 2013-2016 / 2x All-American / 2015 SEC Player of the Year
During her time at UF, Stewart proved to be an offensive powerhouse. She holds the most hits (102), triples (11) and stolen bases (36) in a single season in Florida softball history. She also holds the second best career batting average at UF with a .391. Her stolen base percentage sits sixth in the UF history books at .911. She is also first in most career hits with 357.
Megan Bush – 2008-2011 / All-American / 2010 All-SEC First Team
Bush holds the third most career starts at Florida with 267. While her batting average doesn’t eclipse the top-10 at Florida, she certainly made the most of her at-bats. Holding the second most career homeruns, in her time at Florida, Bush blasted 65 pitches over the fence. She also ranks ninth overall in career hits with 225.
Stephanie Tofft – 2013-2014 / 2014 SEC-All Defensive Team / 2013 SEC All-Tournament Team
As a transfer from Northern Illinois, Tofft came into Gainesville with a number of recognitions already under her belt. In 2011, she was the MAC Freshman of the Year, and her success only grew once she slipped into the orange and blue. As a Gator, Tofft ranks fifth in batting average with a .344 and seventh in on base percentage with a .466.
Aubree Munro – 2013-2016 / 2016 SEC All-Defensive Team / 2015 WCWS All-Tournament Team
In terms of perfection, Aubree Munro is about as close as you can come. In her junior season, Munro was perfect behind the plate fielding all 354 chances that came her way. In two years, she committed just one error through the 2015 and 2016 seasons despite 874 chances. Munro’s defensive excellence really showed in her senior season when she threw out two Ole Miss players trying to steal and picked another off – all before the third inning of game one of the series. The Rebels, who led the SEC in stolen bases with 106 stolen bases on the year, didn’t try for another stolen base for the rest of the series.
Amanda Lorenz – 2016-2018 / 4x All-American / 2018 SEC Player of the Year
Perhaps one of the most successful Gators in Florida softball history, Amanda Lorenz comes in topping a number of lists in Gainesville. Lorenz’s .407 batting average leads Gator softball history, as does her .549 on base percentage. Her 301 hits (2nd), 59 doubles (T-1st), 12 triples (T-3rd), 41 homeruns (6th) and 196 RBIs (4th) all account for her power at the plate. But in the field, Lorenz was equally as impressive with a .995 fielding percentage. Lorenz was hot on the heels of her teammate Kelly Barnhill in the 2019 NPF Draft as she was taken with the No. 2 overall pick – Barnhill went first.
Michelle Moultrie – 2009-2012 / 2012 SEC Player of the Year / 2011 WCWS Co-Most Outstanding Player
Another solid hitter for the Gators, Moultrie holds the third best batting average in Gator softball history with a .385. The quick centerfielder also has stolen 83 bases in her time at Florida – giving her the second most in Florida history. Moultrie’s 204 runs scored is also the fifth best in Florida softball history. Photo by Shane Bevel / Getty Images
Francesca Enea – 2007-2010 / 3x All-American / 2008 WCWS All-Tournament Team
Even though Enea only spent one season playing in the last decade, her statistics fit in with some of the best to ever play in the orange and blue. In her final season alone, Enea blasted 20 homeruns – the third most homeruns in a single season at UF. Her 70 RBIs also takes a top-four spot in a single season – a feat she completed in 2009. Enea also had a clutch factor to her as she had three homeruns in the World Series.