Florida Gators softball picked to finish fifth in the SEC

Special report on the Florida Gators softball team:

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. – The Southeastern Conference announced the 2020 SEC Softball Preseason Coaches’ Poll Wednesday morning after it tabulated the votes from the league’s 13 head coaches. Florida was picked to finish fifth in the poll.

The eight-time SEC regular season champions garnered 92 total points, which trailed Kentucky (101), LSU (117), Tennessee (129) and Alabama (143). The Crimson Tide secured 11 first place votes, while Tennessee picked up the remaining two first-place nods.

In 2019, the Gators finished the regular season with a 12-12 conference record, but went on to capture the program’s fifth overall SEC Tournament Championship.

Florida is set to begin its’ 2020 campaign at the USF-Rawlings Invitational in Tampa against Illinois State (Feb. 7) at 6:45 p.m. with the first SEC series slated against Auburn (March 6-8).

The Gators are also set to host conference opponents Ole Miss (March 28-30), Missouri (April 9-11) and Georgia (May 24-26).

UF is also set to host a pair of marquee non-conference series at home against Louisiana (Feb. 28-March 1) and Baylor (March 13-15).

The first home contest in the recently renovated Katie Seashole Pressly Stadium is an exhibition set for Tuesday, Feb. 11, at 6 p.m. against Team USA. Former Gators Michelle Moultrie, Aubree Munro and Kelsey Stewart will return with the Red, White and Blue to take on the Gators as they prepare for their quest to win Olympic gold at the 2020 Tokyo Games.

Single game tickets are on sale now and can be purchased through the Gator Ticket Office.

Over the phone:  1-800-34-GATOR or (352)-375-4683
In person: At the Gator Ticket Office, located on the West side of Ben Hill Griffin Stadium from 8:30 a.m.-5 p.m., Monday through Friday.

The 2020 SEC Softball Tournament will take place May 6-9 at Rhoads Stadium in Tuscaloosa, Alabama.

The full 2020 schedule can be found HERE.

2020 SEC Softball Preseason Coaches’ Poll
(First-Place Votes in Parentheses)

Place School Points
1. Alabama (11) 143
2. Tennessee (2) 129
3. LSU 117
4. Kentucky 101
5. Florida 92
6. Georgia 84
7. Arkansas 80
8. Ole Miss 62
9. South Carolina 56
10. Missouri 54
11. Auburn 52
12. Mississippi State 22
Texas A&M 22

** Points for the poll were awarded on a 1-2-3-4-5-6-7-8-9-10-11-12 basis. Coaches were not allowed to vote for their own team.

Andrew Spivey
Andrew always knew he wanted to be involved with sports in some capacity. He began by coaching high school football for six years before deciding to pursue a career in journalism. While coaching, he was a part of two state semifinal teams in the state of Alabama. Given his past coaching experience, he figured covering recruiting would be a perfect fit. He began his career as an intern for Rivals.com, covering University of Florida football recruiting. After interning with Rivals for six months, he joined the Gator Country family as a recruiting analyst. Andrew enjoys spending his free time on the golf course and watching his beloved Atlanta Braves. Follow him on Twitter at @AndrewSpiveyGC.