NCAA Softball Women's College World Series: Getting to Know the Florida Gators

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NCAA Softball Women's College World Series: Getting to Know the Florida Gators

Need some excitement this weekend?

Maybe you are a softball nut or maybe you know nothing about the sport, but chances are you will catch a little bit of softball by flipping to ESPN this weekend. So instead of just staring at the screen with a blank stare, I am here to educate you about the sport, specifically the Florida Gators— last season's national runners-up—so you will be able to appreciate the entertainment that is women's collegiate softball.

I covered the team for the past two seasons before coming to Bleacher Report, so I feel it is my duty to spread the wealth to all of you.

If you have made it this far (not very far, I know, but I give you credit for even clicking on this article) and need more convincing, then check out this clip of Ali Gardiner's walk-off grand slam ( to beat Alabama for a berth in the championship round last season.

While Gardiner and Stacey Nelson—probably the most recognizable Gator from last year's team and pictured here—have graduated to bigger and better things (Stacey is playing professionally in Japan, while Gardiner has announced several Florida games this season), the No. 4 Gators (47-8, 20-4 SEC) are still a worthy contender for the title this season.

The Gators torture the opposition on a nightly basis with a murderer's row lineup that has blasted a team- and SEC-record 100 home runs this season, good for third in the nation at 1.85 per game. They say chicks dig the long ball, which is true, but come on guys, you know you do too.

So without further ado, I introduce you to the players on this year's Florida Gators to get you ready for their showdown with Arizona State for a trip to the Women's College World Series—a best-of-three matchup that begins Saturday night at 7 p.m. on ESPN.

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