For the first time this season the number four Florida Gators have lost consecutive conference games, and have now dropped to 5-5 in the SEC (31-5 overall). Tonight’s loss came at the hands of the second ranked Tennessee Volunteers, 9-2.
Florida scored first when Kristi Merritt walked and eventually scored on an error in the third inning. But in the bottom half of the same inning Tennessee kicked things in gear with a three-run homer by Annie Aldrete. The Vols added a fourth run in the fourth.
Trailing 4-1 in the fifth, the Gators cut into the lead when Merritt scored again, this time on a ball that may not have landed yet.
But it was all UT after that. A two-run homer in the fifth, and a second three-run homer by Aldrete extended the lead to 9-2.
Tim Walton tried three pitchers in this game, but none could slow down the hot-hitting Volunteers. Hannah Rogers, Lauren Haeger, and seldom-used Alyssa Bache each saw action, and each allowed at least a run (three for Rogers, one for Haeger, five for Bache). After not giving up a hit this season, Bache allowed the two- and three-run home runs in the fifth and sixth.
The Gators will get a chance to redeem themselves at 1:00 on Saturday.