With two outs and the bases loaded in the top of the sixth, Florida designated player Kendyl Lindaman dug into the batter’s box with a 4-2 advantage.
Alabama right-hander Sarah Cornell offered Lindaman a belt-high, 63 mph first pitch over the heart of the plate and regretted it an instant later. Lindaman pounced on the ball and sent her third career grand slam over the left-field wall to put the Gators up six runs before the away crowd chomped at departing Alabama fans.
After prevailing in a pitcher’s duel Friday night, No. 5 Florida clinched its fifth straight SEC series with a 9-2 victory over No. 3 Alabama Saturday on national television.
The Gators hopped out to a 2-0 lead in the top of the third after a pair of RBI doubles. Center fielder Cheyenne Lindsey grounded a double into the right-center gap that allowed second baseman Hannah Adams to score all the way from first. The next at-bat, third baseman Charla Echols poked a bloop double down the left-field line and Lindsey — determined to score — rounded third base before she slid head-first to beat an on-time throw home.
Senior right-hander Natalie Lugo started in the circle for the Gators and allowed only two baserunners until the fourth inning. A leadoff walk and back-to-back singles drove in the first and only two Alabama runs so far this weekend.
Tied in the top of the fifth, Alabama set up for an intentional walk, but a wild pitch allowed Florida freshman Kali Reis to score from third and regain the lead. Following a five-run, sixth-inning outburst, the Gators added one final insurance run on another wild pitch in the top of the seventh.
Florida southpaw Katie Chronister cruised through the final three frames en route to picking up her third save this season. The Gainesville native bounced back from her abysmal outing Wednesday against No. 23 UCF as she held the Crimson Tide hitless and retired seven consecutive batters to finish the game.
No. 5 Florida: 9 / 7 / 0
No. 3 Alabama: 2 / 4 / 3
Win: Lugo (10-1)
Loss: Goodman (4-1)
Save: Chronister (3)
Individual Stats (season totals)
Lugo: 4 IP, 4 H, 2 ER, 2 BB, 2 K (1.62 ERA)
Chronister: 3 IP, 0 H, 0 ER, 2 BB, 3 K (2.19 ERA)
- Adams: 0-3, 2 R, 2 BB (.398 BA)
- Lindsey: 2-5, 2 R, 1 RBI, 1 2B (.364 BA)
- Echols: 2-5, 1 R, 1 RBI, 1 2B, 2 BB (.390 BA)
- Lindaman: 1-3, 1 R, 4 RBIs, 1 HR (7), 1 BB (.327 BA)
- Cottrill: 0-2, 2 BB (.275 BA)
- Goddard: 0-2 (.200 BA)
- A. Goelz: 1-3, 1 R, 1 BB (.269 BA)
- Longley: 1-2, 1 R (.173 BA)
- Hoover: 0-3 (.258 BA)
The Gators will look to sweep the Crimson Tide and eclipse .500 in their all-time series (40-40) Sunday at 2 p.m. on the SEC Network.