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Chomping at Bits: Florida softball begins SEC Tournament play

The Gators face Ole Miss first for the second straight season.

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Florida softball begins SEC Tournament play today: The No. 1 seeded Gators embark on their path to a potential SEC Tournament title today at 2:30 p.m., facing No. 8 seed Ole Miss in a quarterfinal game in Knoxville. Florida won their third consecutive regular season title earlier this season, but the last time that the Gators won the tournament championship was in 2013 - before any current Gators were on the roster. Today’s game will be televised on the SEC Network and available via WatchESPN. ((Jordan McPherson, SEC Country)

Kelly Barnhill named top-ten finalist for 2017 USA Softball Collegiate Athlete of the Year: Florida’s sensational sophomore pitcher is in the running for another accolade. Barnhill is only the fourth Gator to earn the SEC Pitcher of the Year award, and the first Florida sophomore ever to do so. She also set single-game UF records for strikeouts (21) and innings pitched (10.1) against FSU this season. (Herb Brooks, Florida Gators)

On Jennifer Rocha, Florida softball’s pitching coach: Rocha has coached several All-Americans in her time with the Gators. (Pat Dooley, Gainesville Sun)

Gators hold scooter safety seminar: I’ve posted about this happening in a few CABs, but here are recaps and clips of the event. (Robbie Andreu, Gainesville Sun; Ryan Young, SEC Country)

UF track and field competing at SEC Outdoor Championships: Competition begins today for both the Gator men and women. (Zach Dirlam, Florida Gators)

Jim McElwain on QB depth chart: Florida’s head coach fielded questions about possibly adding another quarterback to the mix. (Ryan Young, SEC Country)

Jeremy Foley to serve as a professor of practice: Beginning in the fall semester, Florida’s former athletic director will serve as an instructor in UF’s sports management program. (Scott Carter, Florida Gators; Graham Hall, Gainesville Sun)

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