Alabama Shuts Door on Gator Softball, Claims Outright SEC Title
Florida had two chances to come away with at least a share of the SEC regular season softball title. Instead, it left Tuscaloosa empty-handed in the conference and in their division. The sixth-ranked Gator softball team lost on Saturday and got blitzed for four early runs on Sunday as Alabama beat Florida 5-3. The loss also knocked the Gators out of the top spot in the East, where Tennessee snuck by to claim the division.
Florida sophomore pitcher Hannah Rogers couldn't record an out and forced Tim Walton's hand with the Gators trailing 2-0 in the bottom of the first inning. Rogers left with Alabama runners on second and third, which ended up scoring later on in the frame. The Crimson tide added on one more in the second, and despite Florida's best efforts to come back via the long ball, the Gators two-run homer and solo shot in the fourth inning were not enough to complete a comeback. The Gators look ahead to the SEC Tournament where Florida is the No. 3 seed and will play No. 6 seed LSU on May 10th at 12pm ET.
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