No Spikes, No Problem for Gators junior Jordan Roberts

GAINESVILLE, Fla. – A single swing during fall camp was all it took for Jordan Roberts to become a believer. And considering the All-American who served the pitch, Roberts didn’t need much convincing after the softball landed way beyond the outfield fence.

“She took Kelly Barnhill about 280,” Gators head coach Tim Walton said this week. “She was pretty surprised because she hadn’t had a hit like that off Kelly probably ever.”

Time to rewind and get the backstory on why Roberts, Florida’s junior catcher/designated hitter, is now the focus of a season-long running joke among her teammates.

Inevitably, one of her teammates will walk up to Roberts during the No. 6-ranked Gators’ three-game series at Ole Miss this weekend and toss her a well-worn quip.

“Hey, Jordan, you forgot your cleats.”

Roberts will smile and return the best comeback she has in the moment. And then it’s back to the game.

“In the beginning, I was kind of all in,” Roberts said. “I was like, ‘if I’m going to do it I don’t want to change my shoes when I go from catching to hitting, so I’m going to wear them all the time.’ It’s awesome because I never have to change my shoes. It

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