Sports | Softball
The Gators approach the start of the 2021 season with great anticipation and even greater excitement. A roster featuring plenty of familiar names and a handful of fresh faces has the team feeling optimistic.
Oklahoma first baseman Shay Knighten crushed a series-defining homerun and the chances of Kelly Barnhill and Amanda Lorenz capturing a Women’s College World Series title in one swing.
Last weekend was supposed to be marked by family, flowers and fervid fans, culminating in an emotional senior sendoff at Katie Seashole Pressly Stadium.
The cancellation of all spring sports included 23-4 Florida softball. With bad losses a distant memory and convincing wins in the immediate rearview, it seemed the Gators had growing momentum to make 2020 a magical season.
At the beginning of Saturday night’s broadcast, the commentators relayed coach Mickey Dean’s message to his team after it lost Game 1 of its SEC debut. The Tigers would have to have “sports amnesia” to tie their series with the Gators.
Friday night’s game against Auburn served as trial by fire for freshman pitcher Rylee Trlicek.
Two fervent crowds in Gainesville made Sunday’s game seem more like a pep rally than a softball game.
Under the glow of the Friday-night lights, the stage was set at Katie Seashole Pressly Stadium for Florida’s first top-10 bout at home. The air was cool, the competition was stiff and the crowd was electric.