The No. 19/24 Florida Softball team (19-10, 1-2
SEC) lost its first Southeastern Conference series of the year as it fell 3-1 to
No. 1/1 Tennessee in the final game of the series Sunday afternoon at the
Florida Softball Stadium.
tallied three runs on seven hits with no errors. Florida scored one run on three hits and had
its runs in the top of the fourth. Tiffany Huff led off with a base hit to
left. Sophomore Stacey Nelson (Los Alamitos, Calif.)
came in to relieve senior Stacey Stevens
in the pitching circle for Florida.
Lillian Hammond came in to pinch run at first for the Lady Vols. She moved to
second on a sacrifice bunt by Tonya Callahan. Following the second out of the
inning, Alexia Clay was hit by a Nelson pitch. Hammond scored from second on a base hit to
left by Jennifer Griffin. Clay advanced to second and Griffin moved to third on the throw. LianeHoriuchi walked to load the
bases. A two-RBI base hit up the middle by Erinn Webb
the 3-0 lead.
a run home in the bottom half of the inning. Sophomore Kim Waleszonia (Fontana, Calif.)
led off by laying a bunt down only inches from home plate for a base hit. She
advanced to second on a wild pitch from Tennessee
ace Monica Abbott. Sophomore Ali
N.Y.) grounded out to short for
the second out of the inning, advancing Waleszonia to
third. A base hit to left field by senior Lacy
Howard (League City, Texas)
brought Waleszonia home to narrow Tennessee’s lead to 3-1. The run was the
first run scored on Abbott since February 10 and the first earned run scored on
her in 96.1 innings.
Stevens reentered the game for Florida
in the fifth and allowed only two more Tennessee
base runners through the final three innings.
Stevens took the loss for Florida to move her record to 8-5 on the
year. Abbott moved to 18-0 with the win.
face undefeated Alabama
at the Florida Softball Stadium in a doubleheader on Wednesday night. As the
Tide is the only undefeated team left in the nation, they could be the nation’s
No. 1 team when the new polls are released on Tuesday and Wednesday.