On this edition of In the Circle, Eric Lopez and Victor Anderson talk to the radio voice of the Florida Gators Softball program, Adam Schick about the upcoming Gators 2016 season. Schick been part of the Gators broadcast since 2008 discussed the following .
- The growth of the Gators program since 2008
- How the Gators won the last 2 national titles.
- How do the Gators replace National Player of the Year Lauren Haeger?
- Who are some of the Gators players to look for in 2016
- Outlook of the SEC
Last season, Florida went 60-7 and won its second-straight NCAA Championship. The Gators reached the 60-win plateau for just the third time in school history.The Gators are looking to become the first team since UCLA (1988-1990) to three-peat as National Champions.
Florida returns 12 players, including All-America first team infielder and the reigning SEC Player of the Year Kelsey Stewart, All-America third team pitcher Aleshia Ocasio and All-Region first team outfielder Kirsti Merritt. In addition, Florida’s roster boasts seven freshmen including pitcher Kelly Barnhill. Barnhill is regarded as the number one recruit in the country and possibly the best recruit to come to Gainesville. Barnhill threw 22 no-hitters during her high school career, including one in the Georgia Class 6A state title game and another when she struck out all 21 batters she faced. She’s already been selected for the 2016 U.S. National Team, making her the second-youngest player ever chosen.
You can watch Ocasio and Barnhill talk about the season right here courtesy of FloridaGators.com
2016 SEC Softball Preseason Coaches’ Poll
(First-Place Votes in Parentheses)
|Emily Carosone||Auburn||IF||Sr.||5-4||Orlando, Fla.|
|Kasey Cooper||Auburn||IF||Jr.||5-4||Dothan, Ala.|
|Kelsey Stewart||Florida||IF||Sr.||5-6||Wichita, Kan.|
|Alex Hugo||Georgia||IF||Sr.||5-8||Olathe, Kan.|
|Bianka Bell||LSU||IF||Sr.||5-5||Tampa, Fla.|
|Haylie McCleney||Alabama||OF||Sr.||5-4||Morris, Ala.|
|Tiffany Howard||Auburn||OF||Sr.||5-5||Pembroke, Ga.|
|Kirsti Merritt||Florida||OF||Sr.||5-4||Lake Panasoffkee, Fla.|
|Alaynie Page||South Carolina||OF||Sr.||5-6||Boiling Springs, S.C.|
|Alexis Osorio||Alabama||P||So.||5-8||Riverside, Calif.|
|Kelsey Nunley||Kentucky||P||Sr.||5-10||Soddy Daisy, Tenn.|
|Carley Hoover||LSU||P||So.||6-2||Clemson, S.C.|
|Aubree Munro||Florida||C||Sr.||5-10||Brea, Calif.|
|Rainey Gaffin||Tennessee||DP/UT||Sr.||5-10||Thornton, Colo.|
Listen to Adam Schick host GatorTales Podcast on FloridaGators.com