Florida Routs Tide In Softball Twinbill

GAINESVILLE, Fla. – The Alabama softball team dropped both games of a doubleheader to the No. 1 ranked Florida Gators Saturday afternoon at Pressly Stadium. Alabama dropped game one by the score of 9-1 and then fell in game two by a score of 10-1.

After taking the lead in both games the Alabama was tagged for back-to-back run rule losses for the first time since falling to Arizona on consecutive days in 2002. After the day the Crimson Tide moves to 26-6 overall and 6-4 in Southeastern Conference play.

Game 2

The Alabama softball team dropped the back end of its doubleheader against No. 1 Florida by the score of 10-1 in five innings Saturday afternoon at Pressly Stadium. Alabama once again took the early lead but an eight run third inning by Florida secured the win.

Kelley Montalvo got the Tide on the board when she drilled a triple to left-centerfield. Charlotte Morgan then came through with the sacrifice fly for her 30th RBI on the season.

Florida quickly answered with a leadoff home run off the bat of Aja Paculba. Another home run by Megan Bush gave the Gators the lead for good in the second inning. A three-run homer by Kelsey Bruder ignited an eight run third inning.

Paculba, Bruder and Alicia Sisco collected two hits for Florida. Senior Kellie Eubanks batted 2-for-2 while Morgan saw her hit streak end at 17 games.

Morgan (8-5) was tagged for the loss after allowing all 10 runs on seven hits in 2 2/3 innings. Amanda Locke pitched 1 1/3 innings of scoreless relief. Stephanie Brombacher (16-0) earned the win, allowing three hits and one run with three strikeouts.

The two teams will close out the series on Sunday. The game will be broadcasted on Fox Sports South with first pitch slated for 1:00 p.m. CT.

Game 1

The No. 4 ranked Alabama softball team dropped its series opener against No. 1 Florida by the score of 9-1 in six innings Saturday afternoon at Pressly Stadium. The two teams battled in a scoreless tie until the fifth inning when Alabama opened with a run but Florida answered with three of its own to secure the win. After the first game of the twin-bill the Crimson Tide moves to 26-5 overall and 6-3 in Southeastern Conference play. The run rule loss was the first for Alabama since May 4, 2003 against Georgia.

Alabama was able to get to Florida (33-2, 12-0 SEC) All-American Stacey Nelson in the top of the fifth when the Crimson Tide loaded the bases and scored its only run on a pitch that drilled Kellie Eubanks to bring home Lauren Parker.

The Gators then came through in the bottom half by scoring three runs with two outs. With the bases loaded and two outs and two strikes, Corrie Brooks snuck a ground ball through the left side to score two. Megan Bush then singled through the right side to bring home Ali Gardiner.

Florida then followed up with a six spot in the sixth inning to cap off the run rule win. Francesca Enea supplied the big hit with a three-run home run to left and Brooks promptly followed suit with a solo shot. All the runs came with two outs in the inning.

Brooks and Aja Paculba collected two hits apiece for the Gators. Four different members of the Tide collected one hit, including Charlotte Morgan, who extends her hitting streak to 17 games.

The loss is the first blemish on the season for Kelsi Dunne as she moves to 12-1. Dunne allowed seven runs on 11 hits and struck out seven in the losing effort. Nelson improves to 18-2 behind a four-hit, one run, seven strikeout performance.

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