Softball team (42-23) was eliminated from Southeastern Conference Tournament
play on Thursday afternoon with a 6-0 loss to Tennessee
(51-9) at the UGA Softball Complex in Athens,
Ga. The Gators will now have a
week to prepare for NCAA Regionals.
Tennessee opened the scoring in the bottom of
the first with two runs on three hits and a Gator error. Sarah Fekete and India Chiles led off the inning with
back-to-back base hits. A Gator error loaded the bases. Following a pop up by
Tonya Callahan, Danielle Pieroniís infield base hit
scored two Lady Vol runs. The next two batters flew
out the center to end the inning and hold Tennessee to a 2-0 lead.
The Lady Vols added three more runs in the third frame. Much like
the first inning, Chiles
and Lindsay Schutzler lead off the inning with
consecutive base hits. A walk to Callahan from Florida
junior pitcher Stacey Stevens (Gainesville, Fla.)
loaded the bases. A Pieroni ground out to third
brought in Chiles to give Tennessee a three-run
lead. Katherine Card reached a Gator error and Schutzler
scored. Alicia Brown, who was pinch running for Callahan scored on a passed
ball for the 5-0 UT lead.
Tennessee scored its final run in the sixth as LianeHoriuchi scored on a Chiles base hit through the left
Florida got runners on in the first, second
and sixth innings. With one out in the first, senior Lindsey Cameron (Palm
Beach Gardens, Fla.)
grabbed an infield base hit. Senior Kristen
Butler (Orlando, Fla.) was hit by a pitch, but the next two
batters did not push the runners any further. In the second, senior Lindsay Norfleet
drew a walk with one out in the inning. She advanced to second on a sacrifice
hit by freshman Brooke Johnson (Lakeland, Fla.).
a double to the left centerfield wall in the sixth.
pitched 2.2 innings in the loss, giving up five hits and five runs, only three
of the fice were earned. She also walked one and
struck out one. Stevensí record moves to 20-7 on the year. Freshman Stacey Nelson (Los Alamitos, Calif.)
relieved Stevens with two outs in the third. She gave up only three hits and
one run in the remaining 3.1 innings. She also struck out three Lady Vols and walked three. Monica Abbott earned the win for Tennessee to improve to
36-7 this season.
Florida will find out its NCAA Tournament
fate on Sunday at 3:30 p.m. when the 64-team field is announced on ESPN News.