The Florida Gators softball team only needed five innings to move past Alabama State in the first round of the NCAA tournament. Aleshia Ocasio and Kelly Barnhill put on a pitching clinic today as they only gave up one hit to the Hornets. Florida’s offense sputtered in the first two innings, but finally broke the scoreless tie in the bottom of the third inning. The Gators made it all the way around their batting order.
“It was nice to see a lot of players involved on offense today, as we had eight starters’ record hits which is really good to see,” head coach Tim Walton said. “When everyone feels like they contribute, it’s easy to go home and feel good about yourself and your team. It’s tough dealing with failure, so to see a lot of players on the plus side, with quality at bats, makes you feel good. Also, it’s good to get win number one.”
Florida added two more runs in the bottom of the fifth to end the game due to the mercy rule.
Kelsey Stewart was excited about her team’s offensive production. “It’s always fun when you’re stringing hits together and the entire team is finding success like we had today,” said Stewart.
The Gators will now face UCF on Saturday May 21 at 12 p.m.