#2 Florida lost their first series of the 2018 season last weekend at the hands of their bitter rivals from Georgia. Florida lost game one of the series by a 5-4 score and followed that up with a run-rule loss on Saturday before escaping Athens, GA with a win in the series finale on Sunday. The Gators are now 23-3 on the season with a midweek game against South Florida and a home series against Texas A&M coming up.
GEORGIA 5, FLORIDA 4
Athens, GA– The Gators dropped the series opener to Georgia via a walk-off two run blast by SS Alyssa DiCarlo.
Florida got off to a good start giving starting pitcher Kelly Barnhill early run support as Kayli Kvistad doubled to center that scored Amanda Lorenz and put the Gators in front in the first.
Georgia, however responded in a big way, hitting back-to-back-to-back homers off Barnhill in the first.
The Gators responded though, Aleshia Ocasio hit a two-run blast to tie the game in the second. Barnhill ran into trouble again in the second as Georgia had runners on second and third, before the Georgia threat was retired.
Florida added a run in the sixth inning as Ocasio drove in PR Haven Sampson with a single down the third base line that put Florida up 4-3.
The bottom of the seventh started innocently enough with Ocasio retiring the always dangerous Courtney Emanuel before Justice Mills singled to third, allowing for the dramatic finish by DiCarlo.
W: Brittany Gray (12-0)
L: Aleshia Ocasio (9-2)
GEORGIA 11, FLORIDA 1
Athens, GA– The Gators fell to Georgia 11-1 on Saturday in a game that only went five innings. It was the first time this season that Florida was run-ruled and represented the worst margin of defeat since 2011.
The Gators only managed six hits in the contest, highlighted by a RBI single by Amanda Lorenz that scored freshman Hannah Adams.
Kelly Barnhill had her second short outing in consecutive nights. Barnhill pitched two innings, allowing three runs (one earned) while striking out two and walking two in earning her first loss of the season. Freshman Natalie Lugo allowed six runs in her one inning of work while Katie Chronister gave up two more in the loss.
W: Brittany Gray (13-0)
L: Barnhill (11-1)
FLORIDA 5, GEORGIA 1
Athens, GA– Florida bounced back in the series finale against Georgia behind a strong performance from Aleshia Ocasio.
Ocasio hurled a complete game, striking out nine Bulldogs hitters while allowing no walks. Ocasio gave up only four hits and one unearned run to Georgia on Sunday as the Gators won 5-1.
Florida took a 1-0 lead in the first inning as Jordan Matthews doubled to right field to score Kayli Kvistad.
The Gators would add a run in the fifth inning with Alex Voss scoring on in the midst of a throwing error by Alysen Febrey of Georgia.
Florida would add a trio of insurance runs in the seventh. Sophia Reynoso singled in Hannah Adams, and Amanda Lorenz followed with a two-run homer to extend Florida’s lead to 5-0.
Georgia added a single run in the bottom of the seventh, but no further damage was done.
W: Ocasio (10-2)
L: Kylie Bass (9-1)
Florida is now 23-3 on the season and sit at 4-2 in conference play. The Gators will face South Florida on Wednesday in midweek action before taking on the Texas A&M Aggies in conference play this weekend.
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