The SEC announced its 2021 softball schedule Friday morning. Florida and each SEC team will play eight three-game conference series to complete a 24-game season. Series will be held every weekend leading up to the SEC Tournament, which is set to begin on May 12 in Tuscaloosa, Alabama.
Although official start times and television information have not been set, the Gators are scheduled to host Kentucky on March 12 to kick off opening weekend. The following weekend, Florida will head to Starkville, Mississippi, to take on Mississippi State. In last year’s shortened season, the Bulldogs finished on a 14-game win streak despite only playing non-conference games. To conclude March, the Gators will return home to face the LSU Tigers at Katie Seashole Pressly Stadium. LSU finished last season ranked No. 5 in the USA Today poll.
From April 2-4, Florida will play its second road series of the season versus Georgia. UGA boasted an impressive 20-1 home record last year before the season was canceled. After a bye week, the Gators will hit the road once again to face Alabama from April 16-18. The Crimson Tide were ranked No. 10 in the final 2020 poll despite holding an unremarkable 14-8 record. The next weekend, UF will return to Gainesville for a home series against South Carolina from April 23-25.
As May approaches, Florida will travel to Columbia, Missouri, for its final away series of the regular season. There, the Gators will test a Missouri team that held a share of first place in the SEC with Florida before the abrupt halt to last season. The Tigers rounded out the final top-25 poll of 2020 with a 19-7 overall record. To close out the regular season, Florida will return home to face the Texas A&M Aggies from May 7-9.
2020’s Brief Season
In 2020, Florida finished with a 23-4 overall record, which landed the Gators No. 7 in the nation according to the final USA Today poll. In its only conference series of 2020, Florida swept Auburn, placing the Gators atop the final SEC standings with a 3-0 record.