The Florida Gators won last year’s SEC Tournament with a few dramatic finishes. This year’s tourney wasn’t nearly as impressive–or long–as last year’s, as it ended in a 2-0 loss to Georgia in UF’s only game.
The quarterfinal game was quiet through three innings, with neither team recording a run, and just one Bulldog hit.
Lauren Haeger left the mound in the fourth with no runs on the board but three runners aboard. Hannah Rogers pitched the final two-thirds of the inning, but she gave up a single that plated two runs; one run was credited to Haeger, and the other was unearned. Rogers pitched the fifth and sixth innings, and Delanie Gourley closed out the seventh; both relievers allowed one hit.
Florida had their chances to score late, but left runners in scoring position. It was All SEC-Freshman Justine McLean in the fifth, who reached on error, advanced to second on a walk, and stole third. In the sixth, Kirsti Merritt got Florida’s first hit of the game on a bunt, and advanced to second on a throwing error.
The Gators had a last glimmer of hope in the seventh with Haeger hit a leadoff single, but Brianna Little lined into a 5-3 double-play.
Coach Walton and his players will have to wait until Sunday night to find out their next opponent, which will most likely be a regional game in Gainesville.