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LEXINGTON, Ky. – The Alabama softball team fought back from a four-run deficit but fell short in the Southeastern Conference Tournament quarterfinal to top-seeded Florida, 8-4, Thursday afternoon at John Cropp Stadium. After the day the Crimson Tide moves to 42-13 on the season.
Florida scored an unearned run in the opening frame and then added three more in the fourth to take a 4-0 lead but Bama rallied to even the score in the fifth.
The Tide loaded the bases and then senior Kayla Braud started the scoring with an infield single that scored sophomore Danielle Richard. Sophomore Ryan Iamurri then drove in sophomore Danae Hays on a groundout to short before freshman Andrea Hawkins scored on a wild pitch and Braud came across on a Molly Fichtner single to left-center.
The Gators would retake the lead for good in the sixth as Kristi Merritt hit a three-run home run off the foul pole down the line in left. Florida added another on a sac-fly in foul territory off the bat of Briana Little.
Braud paced the Tide at the plate with a 2-for-3 effort at the plate. The senior scored and drove in a run. Sophomore Leslie Jury (16-7) was tagged with the loss after allowing seven runs – six earned on eight hits in five innings. The right-hander struck out five and walked four.
The Crimson Tide will await its NCAA tournament seed which will be announced on the selection show. The show will air on ESPNU at 9 p.m., on Sunday, May 12.
Christopher Walsh covers Alabama football for BamaOnline, 247Sports, and is the author of 18 books.
Dunno about this year's team. A little perplexing to me...
1960 Les Paul
A lot of talent, they just never seemed to come together as a team. Lineup was always changing. Traina wasn't herself either.
Traina didn't pitch today.
The chemistry is not there with this team,makes you wonder if there is internal probs.It baffles me to put it mildly.
Pretty sure he meant she wasn't herself all season.
Remember the 2010 football team? Its hard to get a team up after theyve gotten their first taste of glory. This year will hopefully make them hungry again
This post was edited by EDJR30 11 months ago
I think there's alot of truth to this ^^^ statement...a sense of entitlement coupled with complacency with a sprinkling of dissension can overcome talent any day...this is what Coach Saban rails against...and its the toughest task for a head coach if a national championship team
Things just happen sometimes, dont get the timley hit or play can make a big difference. In 2000 we came in ranked in the top 5 and some of the younger guys thought we were as good as our ranking and we struggled at times. Not saying this team is like that but the did lose a good amount of upper classman from last year.
Infield defense was absolutely atrocious-missed
Reiley-Bochus saving throwing errors a ton.
Anyone watching the UT/SC game? I seem some guys dressed in orange and white Santa clause suits. Lol, they looked so goofy. But hey it is some UT fans though so what else would we expect. Lol
Is there any way a UT fan can't look goofy?
I expect nothing but the most heinous actions by UT.
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