Stacey Nelson is the pitcher for the Florida Gators softball team. Nelson and the Gators are currently playing in the Women’s College World Series for the first time in program history. You can see Nelson’s biography and photos below.
Nelson and the Gators faced Virginia Tech and the best pitcher in the country, Angela Tincher in the first elimination game of the WCWS. The match up went extra innings but Florida outlasted Virginia Tech and won the right to play UCLA in another do or die game.
Stacey Nelson is from Los Alamitos, California. She is a right-handed pitcher standing 5′ 10″ tall. Stacey is the main reason Florida set the NCAA record for the most wins in a season with 68. In the record setting win against Virginia Tech, Nelson threw just over 100 pitches, gave up two hits and struck out seven Hokies. That gives Stacey 46 wins on the season with only four losses.
Stacey has garnered many awards including in 2007 First Team All-American, All-Region, All SEC and All-Tournament Team for the SEC Tournament. Winning those awards may be attributed to her carefree attitude, hippie-like some say, but then having the ability to turn it on in the circle.
I don’t consciously do it. I step between the lines and I’m just trying to get batters out. I guess I don’t do it completely because between pitches I kind of joke with the infield but when I turn around I face that better.
She also tells SI.com her favorite music is classic rock, listening to ‘The Grateful Dead,’ ‘The Eagles,’ ‘Led Zeppelin’ and ‘Fleetwood Mac.’ She actually sounds like a cool chic. Good luck to Stacey and the Gators in the rest of the Series.
See below for a video of Stacey talking about her different pitches.