Gators Softball loses series finale to Crimson Tide
Gators clinch series but miss out on series sweep
TUSCALOOSA, Al. (WCJB) - No. 4 ranked Florida entered Sunday’s series finale with No. 3 ranked Alabama with a chance to sweep the Crimson Tide for the first time in program history, but Montana Foutz limited the Gators to just two runs as the orange and blue fell 4-2.
Elizabeth Hightower started in the circle for the Gators (32-6), but allowed the Tide (33-7) to post the first run on board in the bottom of the 1st. Highower surrendered back-to-back singles to begin the frame, then watched as K.B. Side touched home on a ground out to second to make it 1-0, Alambama.
Florida fought back in the top of the 3rd, though. Julia Cottrill slapped a single through the right side to bring Bailey Goddard and Charla Echols in to give the Gators the lead 2-1.
But in the bottom of the 3rd, Alabama answered right back. Hightower fielded a ground ball and went to make a play at second base to try and turn a double play, but she made an errant throw, which allowed the tying run to score. The next batter she faced grounded out to second, but the runner from third was able to slide in safely at home, as the Tide jumped back in front 3-2.
Alabama grabbed one more run over the next three innings to give themselves a 2-run cushion.
Aside from giving up the 2-run single in the 3rd, Montana Foutz had the Gators number. She struck out 10 batters, while earning a complete game victory.
Florida dropped the finale, but clinched the series Saturday. The team heads home to enjoy a couple days off before heading to Fort Myers to face Florida Gulf Coast University on Wednesday.
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