Alabama (21-6, 5-2 SEC) fell in a low-scoring pitcher’s duel to Florida (29-2, 2-2 SEC) in game one, 1-0, and the Crimson Tide held a 1-0 lead over the Gators in game two before play was suspended in the fifth inning due to heavy rain.
“The delay in game two was a safety issue,” said Head Coach Patrick Murphy. “Every time Leslie Jury got a new ball, it was already wet by the time she got it. That was my big concern. It was unfortunate that we ended it with Florida having a runner at third with nobody out, but so be it. It was to the point where it needed to be called.”
Game one starters Alexis Osorio and Lauren Haeger went toe-to-toe, each with excellent outings in the circle, but it was ultimately a fielding error that decided the difference in the 1-0 loss.
“You feel bad for Alexis because, as a freshman, she basically handcuffed the No. 2 ranked team in the country,” said Murphy. “Who knows if they would have scored against her because they scored on an error. We only needed two runs to win the game for her. The disappointing thing was that we didn’t have more than four batters at the plate in any inning. That makes for a pretty easy day for the other team’s pitcher.”
GAME ONE: FLORIDA 1, ALABAMA 0
A sixth-inning fielding error by Alabama ultimately allowed the go-ahead run to cross the plate for Florida in the low-scoring affair. Alabama starter Alexis Osorio (9-3) allowed just the one unearned run as she was otherwise stellar in the circle, striking out seven while allowing just six hits, five of which were singles. Florida senior Lauren Haeger (13-0) matched Osorio’s effort, shutting out a potent Tide offense with just four hits allowed. Two of Alabama’s four hits came courtesy of Andrea Hawkins, marking her first multi-hit game of the season.
The two teams were locked in a pitcher’s duel for the first five innings as they could only muster a combined seven hits. A two-out base hit up the middle in the top of the sixth looked to load the bases for Florida, but a fielding error gave the Gator runner at third time to score as the Gators broke into the run column first. A strikeout limited the damage though, as Florida couldn’t add to the one-run lead.
Florida failed to add any insurance in the top of the seventh either, giving the Tide just a one-run deficit to overcome in the bottom half. However, the offense could not put together a late rally, going down in order as the Gators edged out the Tide, 1-0.
GAME TWO: HALTED, WILL RESUME MONDAY
Game two of Saturday’s doubleheader between Alabama and Florida was halted in the top of the fifth inning due to heavy rain. The game will resume on Monday at 3:30 p.m. CT, which will precede the series finale scheduled for a 6 p.m. CT start on the SEC Network. Alabama is currently leading 1-0 in the top of the fifth and Florida has a runner at third with none out.