It’s beginning to look a lot like softball season. The polls are starting to roll out and the Florida Gators are receiving a lot of positive marks from members of the media and from the league’s coaches.
On Tuesday, D1Softball.com released their preseason Top 25 rankings and the Gators were listed at No. 9.
Despite earning a No. 5 ranking in last week’s SEC Coaches Poll, Florida is the second highest ranked SEC team in the D1Softball Poll. Alabama enters the season ranked No. 1 while LSU is just beind the Gators at No. 11.
D1SOFTBALL.com Preseason Top 25:
- Florida State
- Oklahoma State
- Texas Tech
- South Carolina
- Arizona State
On Wednesday, the Southeastern Conference revealed the Preseason All-SEC Team as voted on by the league’s coaches.
Junior second baseman Hannah Adams was the lone Gators player to be featured on the All-SEC squad.
The Hoschton, GA native hit .284 with 3 HR and 28 RBI in 67 games in 2019. Her .394 on base percentage ranked third on the team last season and her on-base plus slugging was .805.
Defensively, Adams has excelled for Florida. In 2019, she committed just five errors and was involved in eleven double plays. As a freshman, the second-sacker went error-free on 104 chances.
Florida opens the 2020 season on February 7 against Iowa State at the USF – Rawlings Invitational in Tampa.