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GAINESVILLE REGIONAL
2021 NCAA Championship
Gainesville Regional
May 21-23, 2021
Katie Seashole Pressly Stadium | Gainesville Fla.

Host: University of Florida

REGIONAL SCHEDULE
FRIDAY, MAY 21

GM 1 – No. 4 Florida vs. South Florida
1 p.m. (CT) | ESPNU

GM 2 – South Alabama vs. Baylor
3:30 p.m. (CT) | ESPN3

SATURDAY, MAY 22
GM 3 – Winner GM 1 vs. Winner GM 2
1 p.m. (CT)

GM 4 – Loser GM 1 vs. Loser GM 2
3:30 p.m. (CT)

GM 5 – Loser GM 3 vs. Winner GM 4
6 p.m. (CT)

SUNDAY, MAY 23
GM 6 – Winner GM 3 vs. Winner GM 5
11 a.m. (CT)

GM 7 – Winner GM 6 vs. Loser GM 6
1:30 p.m. (CT)   (If Necessary)

GENERAL INFORMATION
Television: ESPN3
Radio Broadcast: www.USAJaguars.com
Live Stats: www.USAJaguars.com
ESPN3 Broadcast: www.USAJaguars.com
(In-Game Updates) Twitter: @WeAreSouth_SB

(1) No. 4 Florida GATORS
NFCA: 4 | USA: 4 | SBA: 4 | D1S: 4
RPI: 3
Record: 42-9
Team Slash Line (AVG / SLG / OBP): .279 / .454 / .390
Team ERA: 1.82

(2) Baylor BEARS
NFCA: — | USA: — | SBA: — | D1S: —
RPI: 42
Record: 27-21
Team Slash Line (AVG / SLG / OBP): .281 / .418 / .354
Team ERA: 4.80

(3) South Alabama JAGUARS
NFCA: — | USA: — | SBA: — | D1S: —
RPI: 38
Record: 30-19
Team Slash Line (AVG / SLG / OBP): .272 / .407 / .348
Team ERA: 2.93

(4) South Florida BULLS
NFCA: RV | USA: RV | SBA: — | D1S: —
RPI: 66
Record: 29-17
Team Slash Line (AVG / SLG / OBP): .245 / .347 / .333
Team ERA: 2.62

SOUTH ALABAMA REGIONAL HISTORY
Overall: 9-8
Appearances: (5) 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2021
Regional Finals: (4) 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015
Run-Rule Games: 2-0
Extra Inning Games: 0-2

NO. 1 SEED (4) FLORIDA GATORS
THE GATORS    

– Florida (42-9), who was the top seed at the SEC tournament advanced to the championship game before falling to third-seeded and host Alabama on Saturday, 4-0.
– This season marks the 16th consecutive season that the Gators have hosted an NCAA Regional.

THE SERIES VS. FLORIDA    
– South Alabama and Florida have met two previous times in the all-time series with the Gators picking up both of those meetings.
– Both meetings have come in Gainesville and UF has outscored the Jaguars 22-0 in those two games.
– Both times USA has faced Florida, the Gators have been ranked No. 1 in the nation.
– South last faced UF during the 2016 season at the Aquafina Invitational, while the first series meeting came at the 2009 Florida Lipton Invitational.
– This will be the first time the two programs have faced each other in postseason play.

INSIDE THE SERIES VS. THE GATORS    
Series: 0-2 (H: 0-0 / A: 0-2 / N: 0-0)
Extra-Inning Games: 0-0 (H: 0-0 / A: 0-0 / N: 0-0)
Run-Rule Games: 0-1 (H: 0-0 / A: 0-1 / N: 0-0)
NCAA Tournament Games: 0-0 (H: 0-0 / A: 0-0 / N: 0-0)
First Meeting: 2/14/09
Last Meeting: 3/5/16
Longest South Alabama Streak: —
Longest Florida Streak: 2 (’09-’16)
Current Streak: 2 by Florida

SOUTH AGAINST THE SEC    
– South Alabama holds an all-time record of 14-46 (.233) against current Southeastern Conference members.
– Should the Jaguars meet Florida at the Regional, it will mark the 60th in program history versus a SEC opponent.
– The Jaguars hold a 1-5 record versus the league in NCAA tournament play having faced Alabama (0-3), Auburn (0-2) and Mississippi State (1-0) previously.
– The meeting against the Gators would also be the sixth against an opponent from the league this spring as USA has faced Georgia (twice), Missouri, Alabama and Ole Miss, going 2-3 in the five meetings.
– South Alabama was also scheduled to host LSU on March 24, but that game was canceled due to weather.
– The Jags split their two meetings at Georgia during the opening weekend of play at 14th Annual Red & Black Showcase. South fell 8-3 to the Bulldogs in game one, but bounced back to defeat UGA 9-8 in game 2.
– The victory at UGA snapped a streak of 12-straight losses against an SEC opponent, 10 of which had come on the road.
– USA also fell 8-3 to Missouri in Mobile at the South Alabama Invitational, but picked up the program’s first-ever victory over second-ranked Alabama in Tuscaloosa on March 7 at the Easton T-Town Showdown defeating the Crimson Tide, 1-0.
– The Jags led 4-0 through four-and-a-half inning, but the Rebels scored three and two runs, respectively in the fifth and sixth innings. South tied the game up with a run in the seventh, but Ole Miss plated a run in the bottom of the eighth to pick up the win.
– Of the 10 teams South has faced from the SEC, Florida and Missouri are the lone teams from the league that the Jags have yet to pick up a win against as they hold at least one victory over the other seven schools that they have faced.
– South has yet to face SEC members Arkansas or Texas A&M.
– The 15 meetings against Alabama are the most against any SEC member, while USA has also faced LSU 13 times and MSU 9.
– South Alabama has faced at least one SEC team in each of its previous 14 seasons of play since the program began in 2007.

NO. 2 SEED BAYLOR BEARS
THE BEARS    

– Baylor (27-21) is making its 14th NCAA regional appearance in the last 18 years.
– The Bears hold four wins over NCAA tournament teams, splitting four games with Iowa State and beating Mississippi State and Louisiana.

THE SERIES VS. BAYLOR    
– South Alabama and Baylor have met two previous times in the all-time series with the Bears picking up both of those meetings.
– The first meeting came during the 2010 in Waco, Texas when BU picked up a 6-3 win.
– The Bears defeated South 1-0 in Gulfport, Miss., at the Gulf Coast Softball Classic in the last meeting in 2014.
– This will be the first time the two programs have faced each other in postseason play.

INSIDE THE SERIES VS. THE BEARS    
Series: 0-2 (H: 0-0 / A: 0-1 / N: 0-1)
Extra-Inning Games: 0-0 (H: 0-0 / A: 0-0 / N: 0-0)
Run-Rule Games: 0-0 (H: 0-0 / A: 0-0 / N: 0-0)
NCAA Tournament Games: 0-0 (H: 0-0 / A: 0-0 / N: 0-0)
First Meeting: 3/18/10
Last Meeting: 3/1/14
Longest South Alabama Streak: —
Longest Baylor Streak: 2 (’10-’14)
Current Streak: 2 by Baylor

SOUTH AGAINST THE BIG 12    
– South Alabama holds an all-time record of 4-2 (.667) against current Big 12 opponents.
– The Jaguars hold two wins over Oklahoma State and one over both Kansas and Iowa State, while both losses have come against Baylor.
– The last time South faced an opponent from the league came
– USA has never faced Oklahoma, Texas or Texas Tech.

No. 3 SEED SOUTH ALABAMA JAGUARS    
– South Alabama (30-19) enters the regional after advancing to the championship game of the Sun Belt tournament on Saturday.
– The Jaguars staved off elimination playing four games in a little over a 24-hour period – which included wins over the Nos. 2 and 3 seeds – to make the program’s first appearance in the league tournament title game since 2015.
– For their play, pitcher Jenna Hardy, outfielder Mackenzie Brasher and catcher Kamdyn Kvistad were named to the all-tournament squad.
– The 30 wins by the Jags are most by the program since the 2017 campaign when the program finished with 35 wins. It is also the ninth time that USA has eclipsed the 30-win plateau.
– Over the course of the season, the Jaguars have been tested facing five ranked opponents in 12 outings. The five wins over ranked opponents are the third most in program history and most since garnering six during 2014.
– After the strong postseason showing, Brasher leads the club at the plate with a .374 batting average, which ranks eighth in the league.
– The Orange Beach, Ala., native has 13 multi-hit games this spring and 49 hits, both of which are second-most on the roster.
– The second-team all-SBC selection has been successful in eight of her 10 stolen base attempts, and her 27 runs scored are the most by a South Alabama player.
– Brasher led the club at the plate at the conference tournament as she was 7-for-16 (.438).
– Meredith Keel – who was a first-team all-SBC selection – is close behind Brasher with a .364 batting average, which ranks 10th in the league, while her 51 hits are tied for ninth most among SBC batters.
– She also has seven sacrifice hits, which are tied for seventh, and is 5-for-6 in her stolen base attempts. Her 14 multi-hit games top the club, six coming against Sun Belt competition.
– Her eight doubles are tied for second on the club, and she is one of six Jaguars to record a triple this spring. She has scored 21 runs and driven in 13.
– The Ashville, Ohio, native was even better in Sun Belt play as she holds a .429 batting average – which is the highest by a South Alabama player in league play. She had at least one hit in 16 of her 22 conference games.
– Kvistad leads the team in extra-base hits (18), home runs (10) and holds a team-best .585 slugging percentage.
– Her 10 home runs are tied for fourth-most in the league. The Lake City, Fla., native has also driven in 27 runs.
– The senior enters the NCAA tournament after posting her 28th career home run, which tied former Jags Christin Crocker (2009-12) and Kaitlyn Griffith (2012-15) for the program mark in the category. She is also one of eight players to eclipse the 100 RBI mark for her career.
– Abby Krzywiecki (.275) is having a career year as she has four doubles, eight home runs and 29 RBI, and was named to the league’s second team.
– Junior infielder Kennedy Cronan has driven in a team-best 33 runs, which sits just outside the top of the SBC, while her 13 doubles are tied for seventh. As a team, South Alabama is third in the conference in doubles (59).
– The Daphne, Ala., just missed out on all-tournament honors this past weekend as she drove in eight and had a pair of home runs.
– Cronan has driven in two or more runs in 11 games this spring, while Krzywiecki has nine multi-RBI games and seven for Kvistad.
– Lackie continues to pace the club as she is 18-10 with four saves this spring. In her 174.1 innings of work, Lackie has recorded 233 strikeouts, which are second most in a single season at South.
– Heading into the postseason, she ranks second in the SBC in strikeouts, saves and innings pitched, and third in opposing batting average and strikeouts looking (59).
– The Walker, La., native is 17th nationally in strikeouts.
– Lackie has been named the Sun Belt’s Pitcher of the Week four times this season, as well as numerous national recognitions throughout the year.

NO. 4 SEED SOUTH FLORIDA BULLS
THE BULLS    
– South Florida (29-17) is making its seventh NCAA tournament appearance in the last 10 seasons.
– The Bulls advanced to the semifinal round of the AAC tournament.

THE SERIES VS. SOUTH FLORIDA    
– Should South Florida and South Alabama meet this weekend in the Gainesville Regional, it will mark the first in the all-time series between the two squads.

SOUTH AGAINST THE AAC    
– South Alabama holds an all-time record of 3-8 (.273) versus current American Athletic Conference members.
– Of the seven members from the conference, South has faced six opponents from the league in program history.
– South holds wins over Central Florida, East Carolina and Houston.
– The four meetings versus Memphis are the most versus any AAC opponent.

ROAD TO OKLAHOMA CITY    
Gainesville Regional – May 21-23

at Katie Seashole Pressly Stadium

No. 4 Florida vs. South Florida
Friday, May 21, at 2 p.m. | ESPNU

SOUTH ALABAMA vs. Baylor
Friday, May 21, at 4:30 p.m. | ESPN3

Athens Regional – May 21-23
at Jack Turner Softball Stadium

UNC Greensboro vs. No. 13 Duke
Friday, May 21, at 12 p.m. | ACC Network

Western Kentucky vs. Georgia
Friday, May 21, at 2:30 p.m. | ESPN3

Super Regionals – May 27-30

Women’s College World Series – June 3-9
USA Softball Hall of Fame Stadium – OGE Energy Field in Oklahoma City

IT’S NO SACRIFICE    
– South Alabama second baseman Belle Wolfenden has 11 sacrifices this season, which are tied for third most in a single season.
– The Cantonment, Fla., native leads the Sun Belt and ranks 36th in the NCAA in that category.
– Her 11 sacrifices are one behind Haley Richards’ (2012) tally of 12, which ranks second, and three behind Katie McGuire’s single-season standard of 14 set during the 2009 season.

2009 – Katie McGuire – 14
2012 – Haley Richards – 12
2021 – Belle Wolfenden – 11
2008 – Jenny Stevens – 11
2013 – Julie Moss – 11
2007 – Carlina Mendoza – 10

CHANGE OF SCENERY     
– While South has played in four previous regionals, the 2021 Gainesville Regional will mark the first time South Alabama has played in a regional outside the state of Alabama.
– South Alabama’s four previous regional appearances have come in Tuscaloosa (’12 and ’14), Mobile (’13) and in Auburn (’15).
– USA has advanced to the final day in all four appearances.

CLOSE CALLS        
– Of South Alabama’s 49 games this spring 25 have been decided by two runs or less.
– The Jaguars hold a 9-6 record in one run games. Of those 15 games, eight were 1-0 decisions, and South has a 4-4 record in those contests.
– South Alabama holds an 8-2 record games decided by two runs.

BATTLE TESTED        
– One thing is for sure, when the Jaguars enter regional play, tough competition won’t be something unfamiliar to the team as the group as South’s strength of schedule ranked 26th nationally.
– Of it’s 49 games, 20 game against teams among the NCAA tournament field: Alabama (1-0), Georgia (1-1), Louisiana (0-4), McNeese State, (1-0), Missouri (0-1), Northern Iowa (1-1), Ole Miss (0-1), Texas State (4-0) and Troy (2-2).
– Of those 20 games, 11 were one-run decision in which South went 6-5.
 
A FAMILIAR PLACE        
– This weekend, the Gainesville Regional will be a familiar place for one Jaguar, Kamdyn Kvistad.
– The senior catcher grew up less than an hour from the host site, as she is from Lake City, Fla.
– Katie Seashole Pressley Stadium is also a very familiar site for Kamdyn as her older sister, Kayli was a two-time All-American selection (second-team in 2016 and third-team in 2017) and a two-time first-team all-SEC honoree for the Gators.
– Kamdyn recorded her 28th career home run this past weekend and was one of three Jags to be named to the all-tournament team at the SBC Championships.
 
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