Aggie softball draws Florida rematch in Super Regional

Aggie softball draws Florida rematch in Super Regional
Posted at 5:37 PM, May 23, 2018
and last updated 2018-05-23 18:37:08-04

The Texas A&M softball team continues its run in the NCAA Softball Championship with a Super Regional matchup at Florida beginning Thursday at 6 p.m. at Katie Seashole Pressly Stadium.

The Aggies are coming off a sweep of the College Station Regional, defeating Prairie View A&M, 9-0, McNeese, 10-1, and Baylor, 10-4. The offense was led by Sarah Hudek, who topped the team with a .545 average, three doubles, a home run and five RBI. As a team, the Aggies hit .435 with 11 doubles, five dingers and 28 RBI.

Texas A&M enters the weekend with a 43-16 record and is led by Tori Vidales, who leads the team in batting average (.353), home runs (12), RBI (57), slugging (.612) and on-base percentage (.463). Hudek is second on the team in batting average at .343, followed by Ashley Walters at .318. A&M holds a 2.14 team ERA, led by Lexi Smith (10-2, 1.66) and Trinity Harrington (13-5, 1.80 ERA). Samantha Show claims a 12-5 record and a 2.24 ERA.

Florida, the nation's No. 2 seed, is 53-8 after winning the Gainesville Regional, which featured Ohio State, South Florida and Bethune-Cookman. The Gators are led by Amanda Lorenz, who dons a .418 average with 10 home runs and 59 RBI. Nicole Dewitt is hitting .348 with 14 homers and 55 RBI. In the circle, Kelly Barnhill is 28-1 with a 0.98 ERA and 300 strikeouts in 193.1 innings. Aleshia Ocasio is 21-6 with a 1.14 ERA with 167 strikeouts in 147.1 innings.

The Aggies are making their seventh appearance in the Super Regionals since the format was adopted in 2005. The Gainesville Super Regional marks the second consecutive appearance in Supers as the Aggies hold an all-time record of 8-6 and have advanced to the Women's College World Series in 2007, 2008 and 2017.

Coverage of Thursday and Saturday's games can be seen on ESPN, while Friday's contest can be seen on ESPN2 with Tiffany Greene and Amanda Scarborough on the call. All three games can be heard locally on Willy 1550 AM.