The Florida softball team (29-30, 9-15 SEC) lost the final home game of
the season to South Carolina (35-14, 16-8 SEC) 1-0 at the Florida Softball
Stadium. It was an emotional day as the Gators said farewell to senior
Katy Berger in the final home game of her career.
The Gator defense came up throwing in the top of the first. Two of the
three first inning outs were pickoffs by Florida catcher Bree Berger. Both
defenses and pitchers held the other team stymied through four innings.
Gator starter Amanda Knowles allowed three hits through the four innings,
but her defense kept the runners from scoring.
In the top of the fifth, Samantha Jennings drew a two out walk. She scored
on the game-winning RBI double by Danielle Quinones to give South Carolina
the 1-0 lead.
Florida could not get the bats going in the game and only put two runners
on base, both on walks. The no-hitter was South Carolina pitcher Megan
Matthews' second of the season. It was the first time all season the
Gators were no hit. Matthews record improves to 19-6.
Florida's Knowles took the loss. Her record stands at 11-9.
Florida was in eighth place in the SEC going into today's game. The eighth
place spot is the last spot that is invited to the SEC Tournament in
Chattanooga, Tenn. May 9-12. Florida still has six games remaining to
solidify a spot in the tournament.
The Gators next game is Thursday, April 25 against Tennessee, the team
just below them in the conference, in Knoxville. All three games of the
series will be broadcast live on WRUF 850 AM.