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Florida softball vs. Georgia in the 2024 SEC Tournament: How to watch, time


Florida softball and its archrival to the north – Georgia – will meet for the fourth time this season on Thursday in the quarterfinals of the SEC Tournament.

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Round 4 is about to begin for the Florida softball team in their archrivalry with its border neighbor to the north.

The Gators will face Georgia in the quarterfinals of the SEC tournament on Thursday afternoon.

Here’s what you need to know, along with how to watch and the start time:

Florida softball is hot at the right time

UF enters Auburn coming off its best seven-game stretch of the season.

It started two weeks ago in Athens, when the Gators took two of three from the Bulldogs, including a 10-7 victory in the decisive third game of the series.

Florida then got revenge on FSU with a wild 15-13 victory in Tallahassee, with Florida blowing multiple leads to hold on.

The fiery play reached a fever pitch last weekend when the Gators scored a sweep of then-No. 8 Texas A&M at home. The sweep featured victories of all shapes and sizes. There was the pitching duel (2-1 Friday), the offensive shootout (9-8 Saturday) and the domination (11-3 run rule Sunday).

That lifted Florida (43-12, 17-7 SEC) to a season-best No. 8 ranking in the USA Today/NFCA Division I Top 25 Coaches Poll. It also gave it the best regular season and SEC record since 2021.

Senior Skylar Wallace attributed the turnaround to confidence in the team’s abilities.

“We have a really good team, so we’re not really focused on what everyone else is doing,” Wallace said. “We’re not going to worry about Georgia, Texas or Oklahoma. We’re going to do what the Gators do in a certain period of time.”

Freshman pitcher Keegan Rothrock said she learned to overcome poor performance and turn the page. She didn’t have many bad performances this weekend. She pitched 13 innings and allowed just three earned runs against the Aggies.

Georgia softball earns historic and exhausting victory

The Bulldogs took the field a day earlier than the Gators for a second-round matchup with Auburn.

And boy, did they stay on that field for a while?

Georgia outlasted Auburn 6-5 in a marathon 14-inning affair, the longest game in SEC tournament history.

After 13 innings the game was tied 2-2. Auburn’s KK McCrary bombed a three-run home run, and the Tigers appeared headed for the upset.

To quote Lee Corso, “Not so fast, my friend.”

UGA Jayda Kearney tied it at 5, and Sarah Gordon slowed the buses back to Athens with a walk-off dinger.

The win was desperately needed for Georgia, which has lost six of its last six SEC series. This dropped the ‘Dawgs to seventh in the conference tournament after a 2023 Super Regionals trip.

With attention shifting to Thursday, you have to wonder how much UGA will have left in the tank after Wednesday’s game.

Florida Softball vs. Georgia in 2024 SEC Tournament: Start time

First pitch from Jane B. Moore Field on the Plains is Thursday at 5 p.m.

Tickets can be purchased here. The winner will face the winner of the next matchup: No. 3 Texas A&M vs. No. 11 South Carolina.

Florida Softball vs. Georgia in 2024 SEC Tournament: TV/Streaming

TV channel: SEC Network

Streaming: Watch ESPN, FUBO (Free Trial)

You can listen to it here. Live stats are also available at Floridagators.com/sports/softball.

Florida Softball vs. Georgia in 2024 SEC Tournament: History

Florida has won 37 SEC Tournament games (third all-time behind Alabama and LSU) and five titles (second behind Alabama’s six).

The Gators and Bulldogs last met in the SEC Tournament in 2013, a 9-5 UF win.

Overall, Florida has a 45-33 record against UGA.

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Noah Ram covers high school sports in the Gainesville area and University of Florida athletics for The Gainesville Sun. Contact him at [email protected] and follow him @Noah_ram1 on Twitter.