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Delanie Gourley

School

University of Florida

Position
Pitcher
Major
Sociology

Classroom

Delanie Gourley is on track to graduate in the fall of 2017.

Character

Gourley is a giving person not only in the community but in all areas of her life. She takes in all the new players every year and could easily mentor each one of the freshman. She’s calm and collective and could tell you a negative in a positive way. As a highly touted freshman she came in and helped a senior pitcher—whom she was competing with for playing time—and taught her how to throw a change-up. That senior went on to help lead the team to its first national championship. The next year as a sophomore, she taught another senior pitcher how to do the same thing. She understands the team concept and is willing to share and give unselfishly to help the team succeed.

Community

Gourley has volunteered over 73 hours with more than 30 different organizations throughout her time at the University of Florida. She has helped with UF Health Shands Children’s Hospital, Climb for Cancer, Bread of the Mighty Food Bank, Caleb’s Pitch, Gator Tracks and more.

Competition

Gourley is a 2016 first-team All-American and was honored as a 2016 USA Softball Player of the Year Top 10 Finalist. She was named 2016 first-team All-Southeast Region, 2016 first-team All-SEC, SEC Pitcher of the Week twice, USA Softball National Player of the Week once and NFCA Pitcher of the Week once.
The first left-handed pitcher to sign with the Gators under Tim Walton earned the win that clinched Florida’s 2014 National Championship. She also earned the save in Game 1 of the 2015 WCWS Championship Series against Michigan and tossed two no-hitters during the 2016 season and now has three for her career. Gourley joined Hannah Rogers as the only Gators to throw three no-hitters. In addition, she’s one of four Gators (Hannah Rogers, 2013; Stacey Nelson, 2009, Beth Dieter, 2000) to throw two no-hitters in one season. 

Gourley also has made her mark on the Gators program rankings. She posted an 1.69 ERA, which ranked her 10th; had an opponent batting average of .171, which ranked her 2nd; had strikeouts per seven-inning games at 9.27, which ranks her second; a win percentage of .863 giving her a 44-7 record and ranking fifth; and 44 wins which ranks 10th. She also excelled in the following stats: 12 saves (3rd), 88 appearances (10th), 18 shutouts (8th), 120 walks allowed (10th) and 456 strikeouts (8th).

Gourley also ranks in the top 10 among active career NCAA leaders in ERA (1.65, 6th) and saves (12, 4th).