Georgia Takes Out Gators at Softball CWS

The Gator softball team won't be returning to the finals of the College World Series. The Georgia Bulldogs knocked Florida out of the CWS Saturday night with a 3-2 win that ended the Gator season.

Florida (49-10) had beaten Missouri 5-0 earlier in the day, but never led against their SEC rival. One of the strangest things about this game is that it was the first meeting between the teams this season since they were only scheduling to a one-day doubleheader in Athens and it was rained out.

Georgia took the lead in the first inning on a two-run HR off the bat of Alisa Goler. They held that 2-0 advantage into the fourth inning when Florida freshman Brittany Schutte hit her 19th HR of the season to get the Gators within one.

The Gators tied the score in the fifth when pinch runner Lauren Heyl scored on a wild pitch to even it up. That didn't last for long. Georgia came right back with an RBI single from Brianna Hesson to put the Bulldawgs back on top at 3-2. That was the last run they would score against Florida's Stephanie Brombacher (35-8) but it would prove to be decisive.

The game was really settled in the top of the sixth inning when the Gators failed to take advantage of a great opportunity. Kelsey Bruder and Schutte opened the inning with singles off Georgia reliever Eric Arevalo. That brought up the moment of decision for Gator coach Tim Walton.

Francesca Enea, stuck in a 0-for-23 slump came to the plate and Walton had to decide whether or not to let the school's all-time HR and RBI leader swing the bat or bunt the runners over. He chose to have Enea bunt and she did so successfully. However, that turned out to be the last time the Gators would put the ball in play.

With runners on second and third, Megan Bush stepped to the plate and got ahead on the count 2-0 before chasing three consecutive down and in pitches. Tiffany DeFelice followed by chasing three more and the inning – and the Gators last scoring opportunity -- was over. Arevalo struck out the side in the seventh inning and the Gator season was over.

Florida finishes the campaign 49-10 with the program's third consecutive trip to the College World Series. In those three seasons the Gators won 182 games while losing just 20.

Georgia moves on to the semi-finals where they'll be joined by Tennessee, UCLA and the winner of the upcoming Hawaii/Arizona game.

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