2020 Top 50 College Softball Programs: No. 2 FloridaColumns
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Location: Gainesville, Fla.
Field: Katie Seashole Pressly Softball Stadium (Capacity: 2,800)
Head Coach: Tim Walton, 791-171 (15 Seasons)
Postseason Appearances: 20
Last Decade: 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018, 2019
WCWS Appearances: 10
WCWS Titles: 2
Florida advanced to the WCWS eight out of 10 years the last decade. Not only have the Gators dominated the postseason, they picked up five SEC Regular Season Championships and three SEC tournament titles.
Since taking over the program in 2006, Tim Walton has led the Gators to 14 regional appearances, 12 super regionals, and 10 WCWS, and check in at No. 2 in our Top 50 Programs of the decade just ahead of UCLA. With back-to-back championships, the 2014 and 2015 Gators were special. The 2015 squad racked up numerous awards including five All-Americans, WCWS Most Outstanding Player and the NFCA National Coaching Staff of the Year.
In 2015, Lauren Haeger became the first player in NCAA history to record 70 home runs and 70 wins as a pitcher. Haeger added a list of accolades that season, including the Honda Award, National Player of the Year, SEC Female Athlete of the Year and SEC Pitcher of the Year.
Players to Note:
Hannah Rogers (2011-2014): 4 x All-American SEC Conference Female Athlete of the Year, 2104 WCWS Most Outstanding Player
Michele Moultrie (2009-2012): 2 x All-American SEC Player of the Year and holds four single season records at Florida, 2012 SEC Player of the Year, 2011 WCWS Co-Most Outstanding Player
Kelsey Stewart (2013-2016) 2 x All-American and 2015 SEC Player of the Year led single season hits, triples (11) and stolen bases (36) U.S. National Team Member
Amanda Lorenz 4 x All-American SEC Player of the Year, SEC Freshman of the Year led the Gators to three straight WCWS and is the only Gator to post a career batting average about .400 (.407)
Kelly Barnhill (2016-2019): 3 x All-American, 2017 SEC Pitcher of the Year, ESPY for Best Female Collegiate Athlete, USA Softball National Player of the Year ranks first in four career records opponent batting average (.134), strikeouts (1,208), strikeouts looking (328), and strikeouts per 7.0 innings (10.53).