The No. 23
Florida softball team (33-16, 12-7 SEC) worked for a late-inning comeback that
fell short in an 8-5 loss to No. 9 Georgia (39-9, 19-3 SEC) at the Florida
Softball Stadium Friday evening. The Gators found themselves in a 7-0 hole, due
in part to five defensive miscues, after three and a half innings, but they got
their bats working to fight back and come within three of the SEC East leading
Georgia scored first in the top of the
second inning. Jessica McAllister led off with a home run to center for a 1-0
Bulldog lead. Jessica Doucette followed with a double to left center. She
scored on a Kasi Carroll double to center to take a
Georgia added another run in the top half
of the following frame on another Doucette double.
Bulldogs took a 7-0 lead after the fourth. They added four runs on three hits
and two Gator errors. Georgia
scored all its runs with only one out in the inning. A collision between Florida senior catcher Kristen Butler (Orlando,
Fla.) and McAllister at the plate
for the second out of the inning incited the Gator fans and inspired the Gator
Butler closed the gap to four runs as she knocked a three-run
homer over the trees in left field following consecutive base hits by freshman Kim Waleszonia
and senior Lindsey Cameron (Palm Beach Gardens, Fla.).
Georgia stretched the lead to five runs
again in the top of the fifth. Sojourner Moody led off the inning with a base
hit. She advanced to second on a Gator throwing error on a Kellie Middleton fly
out and to third on a Courtney Knight ground out. Moody scored on a Chelsea Cantillo base hit for the 8-3 lead.
answered with two runs in the bottom of the fifth frame. Senior Lindsay Norfleet
led off the inning with an infield base hit. With two outs, Waleszonia
was hit by a pitch to put runners at first and third for Cameron. Cameron
knocked a Carroll offering through the left side to score both runners and
narrow the Georgia
lead to 8-5.
Junior Melissa Zick
led off the bottom of the sixth with a base hit, but the Gators Were not able
to push another run across.
Junior Stacey Stevens (Gainesville, Fla.)
took the loss for the Gators, only her fourth of the season to move her record
to 15-4 on the year. Only two of the seven runs she gave up were earned. Freshman
Stacey Nelson (Los Alamitos, Calif.)
pitched 3.2 innings in relief, holding the Bulldogs to just three hits. Carroll
earned the win for Georgia
improving her record to 17-3.
teams will face off again tomorrow in a doubleheader beginning at 1 p.m. The
first game of the doubleheader will air tape delayed on FoxSports
South at 4 p.m. Sunday as the SEC-TV Game of the Week. It will also air on SunSports/FSN at midnight at 9 a.m. Monday.