The No. 24
Florida Softball team (38-21, 14-12 SEC) had a heartbreaking day against the
No. 10 LSU Tigers (47-9, 20-6 SEC) at Tiger
Park in Baton Rouge, La.
on Saturday afternoon. The Gators fell 2-0 in game one, but made a strong
comeback in game two to come from behind and pull ahead 6-3 before a
controversial bottom of the seventh led to a 7-6 loss.
Freshman Stacey Nelson (Los Alamitos, Calif.)
came in to replace junior starter Stacey
Fla.) with one out and two
runners on in the bottom of the seventh of game two. A Stephanie Hill base hit
loaded the bases. Leslie Klein reached on a fielder’s choice and Dee Dee Henderson scored on a Gator error on a controversial
call. The home plate umpire, Scott Brians, originally
called Henderson out at home for what would have
been the second out of the inning, but after a conference with the umpire crew,
the call was overturned and Henderson
was called safe, putting LSU within two at 6-4. A Vanessa Soto sacrifice fly to
center brought the Tigers within one. A Quinlan Duhon
base hit scored pinch runner Shannon Stein from second to tie the game. A walk
to Lauren Delahoussaye loaded the bases with Tigers
again. Killian Roessner grabbed the game-winning hit
with a base hit to left to end the game with a 7-6 LSU win.
Gator hitting in the fourth and fifth innings helped Florida come from a 3-0 deficit to take a
6-3 lead. Senior Lindsey Cameron (Palm Beach Gardens, Fla.)
led off the Gator half of the fourth with a base hit through the left side. Senior
Kristen Butler (Orlando, Fla.)
walked to put two Gators on with no outs in the inning. Freshman Alicia Spack (West Lafayette, Ind.)
came in to pinch run for Butler.
With two outs and a 1-2 count, junior Lauren
Calif.) hit her fourth home run
of the season to tie the game at 3-3.
out in the top of the fifth, senior Stacie
Fla.) and freshman Kim Waleszonia
(Fontana, Calif.) laid down beautiful bunt singles to put runners on first and
second for the Gators’ big hitters. Cameron did her job as she knocked her 10th
home run of the season over the fence in left field to put the Gators up 6-3.
LSU replaced starter Dani Hofer with Megan Jolly in
the pitching circle.
LSU went up
early in game two as they scored two runs in the bottom of the first. Lauren
Castle led off with a bunt single. With one out, Stephanie Hill poked a base
hit to shallow right center. Both runners came in on a Vanessa Soto triple to
center to put LSU in the lead 2-0.
A Roessner lead off home run in the second gave the Tigers a
one, LSU’s Soto and Duhon
grabbed back-to-back base hits to lead off the bottom of the second. Both
runners moved into scoring position on a sacrifice by Delahoussaye.
An Andrea Smith double scored both runners for a 2-0 Tiger lead with two outs
in the inning.
Florida put a runner on base in every
inning except the second and seventh, but was not able to get the timely hits
to turn those base runners into runs. The Gators best chance to score in game
one came in the top of the first. Waleszonia reached
base on a LSU error to lead off the inning. Butler drew a walk from LSU pitcher Emily
Turner. Junior Melissa Zick (Tampa,
Fla.) dropped a bunt single to
load the bases with only one out in the inning, but the Gators were not able to
put a run across.
defense took care of business as they did not allow a LSU runner to second base
after the second inning.
the loss for the Gators in both games to move her record to 12-12 on the year. Turner
struck out 12 Gators in game one for LSU to improve her record to 21-5. LSU
reliever Jolly improved to 6-0 with the game two win.
teams will play the final game of the series Sunday at 2 p.m. ET. The game will
air live on GatorZone.com via yahoo.com.