Nightmare Day For Alabama Softball
Alabama came into the day needing only one win to reach the championship game, but was never in either contest.
The Crimson Tide finishes in the final four for the third consecutive trip at the Women's College World Series and concludes the 2011 campaign with a 53-11 record.
Florida plated nine runs on 11 hits while Alabama moved across two runs on four hits. Senior Whitney Larsen led the Tide at the dish with two hits, a run and a RBI in her final performance in crimson and white.
Down 9-0, Alabama tried to make some noise in the seventh inning. In her final collegiate at-bat, Larsen ripped a triple down the left field line to score junior Jennifer Fenton all the way from first.
The RBI was her 65th of the season which ranks fourth all-time in the Alabama single season annals. The RBI also marked the 196th of her career which ranks second all-time at The Capstone.
Junior Cassie Reilly-Boccia then looped a single into centerfield to score Larsen from third to pull the Tide to a 9-2 score.
Florida once again seized the early lead, this time on the strength of back-to-back home runs. After Michelle Moultrie started the game with a single to right, Kelsey Bruder and Brittany Schutte went deep to give the Gators the 3-0 advantage.
Florida added two more in the third and one in the fourth inning to take a 6-0 lead. Cheyenne Coyle hit a two-run single up the middle to increase the Gator lead and then in the next frame Bruder hit a sac-fly that Jazlyn Lunceford made a diving grab on the warning track but Kasey Fagan was able to score from second.
The Gators capped off its scoring with a three-run home run in the top of the seventh off the bat of Aja Paculba.
Alabama senior Kelsi Dunne was tagged for her second loss of the day, finishing off her season with a 29-6 record. The right-hander caps off her career with a school record 1,219 strikeouts.
Freshman Jackie Traina came in for the final five innings and allowed four runs on five hits while striking out four.
The 50-plus win season for the Crimson Tide marks the ninth for Alabama and the seventh in a row. The Tide capped off the campaign by making its 13th straight NCAA tournament appearance.
Alabama never had a chance in the first game, falling behind by an incredible 11-0 in the first inning.
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