Florida Gators softball travel to take on UAB

Special report on the Florida Gators softball team:

GAINESVILLE, Fla. – The eighth-ranked Florida softball team hits the road for a nonconference three game series at UAB this Friday through Sunday at Mary Bowers Field. Friday and Saturday’s games will be streamed digitally on ConferenceUSA.com and Sunday’s game being streamed on ESPN+.

The Gators (11-3) look to turn the page after a 1-3 showing at the Mary Nutter Collegiate Classic in Cathedral City, Calif. last weekend. The Orange & Blue defeated UC Riverside, but fell to No. 1 UCLA, No. 22 Oregon and in extra innings to Cal State Fullerton.

The Blazers (10-7) enter the weekend after going 3-2 at the Green & Gold Classic. UAB picked up a win against Cleveland State and two more against Butler, but fell twice to Louisiana-Monroe.

Florida heads into the weekend as the nation’s top-ranked scoring offense for the second consecutive week. UF is averaging a nation’s best 9.21 runs per game in addition to a .500 on base percentage. Leading the charge is redshirt-junior Skylar Wallace who boasts a team leading .545 average, 17 runs scored and nine stolen bases. Joining Wallace is junior Avery Goelz (.459), sophomore Kendra Falby (.442), Sam Roe (.400), Charla Echols (.375) and Reagan Walsh (.350), as each are batting over .350 so far on the season.

In the circle, the Gators have relied heavily on graduate senior Elizabeth Hightower (6-2) and senior Rylee Trlicek (4-1) as the duo has 35 2/3 and 25 1/3 innings pitched respectively. However, sophomore Lexie Delbrey (1-0) continues to work her way back into seeing more action and being a regular contributor to the pitching staff. The Bainbridge, Ga. native has a pair of outings under her belt with six innings of work.

UAB’s offense is spearheaded by Sierra Frazier. Frazier leads the Blazers in batting average (.417), hits (20), home runs (6) and RBI (18). The senior from Corona, Calif. is currently riding a six-game hit streak and has 32 career home runs. In the circle, sophomore Olivia Valbak (3-0) was named Conference USA’s Pitcher of the Week after she hurled a perfect game against Butler this past weekend. Valbak is supported by Caitlin Russell (3-0), Sarah Cespedes (4-3) and Leigha Kirby (0-4).

Series Information


Live Stats

Audio Stream

Video Stream

Friday, March 3 – 7 p.m. (ET)



ConferenceUSA.com – Link<https://conferenceusa.com/watch/default.aspx?Live=19725&path=uab>

Saturday, March 4 – 1 p.m. (ET)



ConferenceUSA.com – Link<https://conferenceusa.com/watch/default.aspx?Live=19726&path=uab>

Sunday, March 5, – 11 a.m. (ET)



ESPN+ – Link<https://www.espn.com/watch/player/_/id/9e1ab8a5-2976-4163-a1f4-e3af8cf879be>

The Warmup


Record | 11-3

Head Coach – Tim Walton

Record at UF – 899-204 | Career Record – 1,022-268


Record | 10-7

Head Coach – A.J. Daugherty

Record at UAB – 10-7 | Career Record – 10-7

Series Record

Florida leads 4-0

Last Meeting

Florida – 6, UAB – 0 | Feb. 11, 2018

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.