Softball team (17-8, 0-2 SEC) suffered two tough losses in the opening day of
Southeastern Conference play to No. 5 Alabama (17-3, 2-0), 5-0 and 3-1. Florida tallied only
four hits in the two games, while giving up 14.
did not hit well tonight,” Florida
head coach Tim Walton said. “I was not disappointed in our pitching though.”
Florida went down 3-0 in the bottom of the
second inning. Stephanie VanBrakle drew a leadoff
walk from Florida starter junior Stacey
Stevens (Gainesville, Fla.). Mallory Benak
came in the game run for VanBrakle at first. She
advanced to second on a Staci Ramsey sacrifice. A Dani Woods base hit through the right side scored Benak for the first run of the game. Ashley Holcombe hit a
home run right inside the left foul pole to give the Tide a 3-0 lead.
added another hit for the Tide with one out in the bottom of the fourth. A
Kellie Eubanks sacrifice moved her to second. Mandy Burford
knocked a base down the right line to score Holcombe. A Gator error allowed Burford to advance to second. Burford
scored on a Brittany Rogers base hit to put Alabama ahead 5-0.
Florida did not put its first runner on base until the top of the
fifth, when junior Lauren Roussell (Cerritos, Calif.)
ripped a double to the left field wall with two outs in the inning. The Gators
also got runners on in the sixth and seventh on walks from VanBrakle,
but were not able to push a run across.
took the loss for Florida
to move her record to 7-2. VanBrakle struck out 10
Gators and only allowed one hit in the win to improve her record to 9-1.
Alabama got the first run in game two. In
the top of the third, Kelley Montalvo singled to
left. She stole second and advanced to third on a Burford
ground out. A Brittany Rogers base hit brought Montalvo
in for the 1-0 Alabama
Florida answered with a run in the top of
the following frame. Junior Melissa Zick (Tampa, Fla.)
was hit by a pitch. She advanced to second on a passed ball and third on a wild
pitch. She beat the throw home on a senior Lindsay Norfleet
fielder’s choice to tie the game at 1-1.
stayed knotted until the bottom of the seventh when Ramsey hit a two-run walk
off homer over the scoreboard for the 3-1 Alabama win.
Stacey Nelson (Los Alamitos,
Fla.) took the loss for Florida to move her record to 6-2 on the
Chrissy Owens also moved to 6-2 on the season with
had the best outing offensively for the Gators as she contributed two of the
Gators hits and was walked twice.
teams will wrap up the three-game series Wednesday at 3 p.m. (ET). They game
will be broadcast live on GatorZone.com via yahoo.com.