Gators Fall Short in WCWS

It didn't end the way anyone in orange and blue wanted. The Gators needed a win Tuesday to force a decisive game on Wednesday, but a one-run lead in the first inning was as positive as it would get for Florida. The Arizona State offense was too much to slow down, and the Sun Devils beat the Gators 7-2 to secure the national championship.

It started off well for the Gators as Michelle Moultrie smacked a leadoff double and moved to third on a sacrifice bunt from Tiffany DeFelice. After Kelsey Bruder walked, Brittany Schutte drove a sacrifice fly to left field to give the Gators a 1-0 lead.

Just as they did throughout the Women's College World Series, the Sun Devils responded.

Florida starting pitcher Stephanie Brombacher walked Alix Johnson with the bases loaded and no outs in the second inning to tie the game. Katelyn Boyd followed with a two-run single, and the Sun Devils took a lead that they would hold for the rest of the game.

Arizona State tacked on two runs in the third inning when Johnson blooped a single in front of Florida right fielder Brittany Schutte, who was playing deep despite Johnson having only three home runs on the year. It dropped and gave the Sun Devils a 5-1 lead.

With freshman Dallas Escobedo on the mound for Arizona State, the deficit seemed much larger than four runs. The Gators added a run in the seventh inning when DeFelice drove an RBI double down the left field line to cut the lead to 7-2, but that's how the game would end.

Moultrie, Bruder, Schutte and Cheyenne Coyle were all named to the 2011 Women's College World Series All-Tournament team. Moultrie was named co-Most Outstanding Player with Escobedo.


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