Monday, March 09, 2015

Florida Remains Perfect Despite Tough Schedule; Sets Up Battle of the Unbeatens Friday with LSU

No. 1 Florida went 5-0 at the Judi Garman Classic in Fullerton, California this past weekend, raising the Gators' record to 27-0. Two of UF's wins at the Garman were over Michigan (by a 7-4 score) and Oregon (5-1). Last week's ESPN.com/USA Softball poll had Michigan at No. 2 and Oregon at No. 3, whereas the USA Today/NFCA poll had the Wolverines and Ducks reversed (links to the polls are available in the right-hand column).

Two other teams creating some buzz at the Garman Classic were Auburn (No. 18/14 in the two polls) and Arizona State (No. 23/22). Auburn went 4-1 at the tournament, beating both Arizona State and No. 12/13 Arizona, among others, and losing only to host Cal State Fullerton. ASU's only loss was to Auburn, with the Sun Devils winning four games, most impressively over Michigan and No. 10/9 Baylor.

Meanwhile, back in SEC country, No. 4/5 LSU upped its overall record to 25-0, with a three-game sweep over conference rival Arkansas. This coming weekend, LSU will visit Florida in a battle of the unbeatens (single games on Friday, Saturday, and Sunday).