The game times for the NCAA Gainesville Regional have been announced.
Stetson will face UCF at 3:30 p.m. Friday afternoon at Katie Seashole Pressly Softball Stadium in the first game of the regional. Florida and Florida A&M will play at 6 p.m.
The two winners will play Saturday at 1 p.m., and the two losers will play an elimination game at 3:30 p.m. The game three loser and game four winner will play another elimination game on Saturday at 6 p.m.
The regional will conclude Sunday, with the champion advancing to NCAA Super Regionals against the Seattle Regional winner.
All-session passes are $25 for adults and $10 for children 12 & under, seniors (55+) and non-UF college students with proof of college ID. Single-session tickets cost $10 for an adult ticket and $5 for children 12 & under, seniors (55+) and non-UF college students with proof of college ID. For fans picking up tickets on game day, the purchaser’s picture ID is required to pick up tickets. For more information, please call the Univeristy of Florida Ticket Office at 352-375-4683, ext. 6800.
Freshmen Jessie TenBroeck and Kelsey Waters will be making a homecoming of sorts at the NCAA Gainesville Regional. TenBroeck, a Live Oak, Fla. native, will be playing just an hour south of her hometown.
"I am hoping to have a lot of people there," TenBroeck said. "No one has seen a game down there (at Florida), and I am very excitied."
Waters will be playing just 30 minutes away from her hometown of Hawthorne, Fla. She expects about 50 friends and family to be in attendance.
"I am so excited to be playing on the same field that I grew up watching softball games on," Waters said. "It will be like playing in my own backyard."
The Hatters had a long day on Sunday, waking up before 5 a.m. in Nashville to begin the 12-hour journey by charter bus back to DeLand.
Upon arriving on campus, the Hatters were surprised to be greeted by an ethusiastic welcoming committee that cheered as the players and coaches stepped off the bus.
The team and fans posed together for a picture with the championship banner and trophy.
The day concluded with a trip to BrickHouse Grill in DeLand for the NCAA Selection Show. Due to technical difficulties with the feed of ESPNU, the team huddled around a laptop to catch the announcement. Nevertheless, a thunderous cheer went up when Stetson's name appeared on the screen.
The Hatters were also excited to see fellow league members USC Upstate and Lipscomb receive at-large bids.
A Grand for Griffin
Frank Griffin will be coaching in the 1000th game of his Stetson career on Friday afternoon. The 18-year veteran has compiled a record of 611-388 as the Hatters head coach. He will be making his second appearance in the NCAA Division I Tournament.
More Honors for Owen
Senior Meredith Owen has been selected as a Second-Team All-American by College Sports Madness. Owen enters the NCAA Gainesville Regional with a 26-7 record and a 0.84 ERA. She pitched all 28 innings in the Atlantic Sun Tournament, allowing just two runs and 14 hits en route to MVP honors.