Jim Burgess / UAA Communications

Gators 3-Peat hopes dashed by Bulldogs

The two-time defending national champions had such high expectations, yet such stunning results Friday.

The No. 1-seed Florida Gators softball team was swept by the No. 16-seed Georgia Bulldogs on Friday afternoon in the first round of the NCAA Super Regionals.

It happened dramatically, too.

With two outs, Kaylee Puailao hit a two-run walk-off home run in the seventh inning to send the Bulldogs past the Gators by a score of 3-2.

“First of all, congratulations to Georgia,” Gators head coach Tim Walton said. “What a great series they came in and played, a good game they played had and executed a good plan.”

After the Gators lost on Thursday evening 3-0, it seemed as though the defending national champs would come out Friday with a chip on their shoulder – at least offensively. But, they didn’t put runs on the board until the fifth inning.

The Gators held a 2-1 lead going into the final inning, and with Aleshia Ocasio pitching well, it felt as if the Gators would hold on to force a third game.

The Bulldogs determined otherwise with one big shot.

Florida ends the year with a record of 56-7 and will have to watch someone else win the National Championship for the first time in three years. 


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