Gators Softball flexes muscle to close out Crimson Tide, 9-2
Florida pushes conference series winning streak to five
TUSCALOOSA, Al. (WCJB) - The top-5 matchup between No. 4 Florida and No. 3 Alabama was decided by Saturday afternoon, as the Gators put up nine runs on their way to securing their fifth consecutive Southeastern Conference series.
Florida jumped on the board first with two runs in the top of the 3rd. Cheyenne Lindsey whacked a hard ground ball through the infield, that had enough steam on it to roll all the way to the fence in right-center. Hannah Adams easily came around to score from first, as Lindsey stood on second to make it 1-0, orange and blue.
Charla Echols stepped in the box next, and she delivered a bloop single to left field. Lindsey made a poor decision to run home, after pausing at third, and would’ve been tagged out with ease if the Crimson Tide catcher had hung on to the ball. Since it popped out of her glove, the Gators center fielder slid in safely to extend the lead to 2-0.
Alabama answered the bell in the bottom of the 4th. Kaylee Tow slapped a single back up the middle to score a run, and after she got tagged out trying to swipe second, heads up base running by the runner on third tied the game 2-2.
After a wild pitch and a SAC fly put Florida back in front, Kyndel Lindaman unloaded on a pitch over the outer half of the plate and sent it over the left field fence to clear the bases for a grand slam. The home run made it 8-2, but the orange and blue would eventually add one more run to win the ball game 9-2.
The series finale wraps up Sunday.
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