Florida Softball Letdowns: Neighbors to the West can’t be finished off
During both of their meetings against FSU, the Florida Gators had leads midway through the game. During the first game, Florida took a 3-2 into the bottom of the fourth inning before a three-run frame put FSU up 5-3, which wound up being the final score.
The second time around was probably the bigger missed opportunity. After Skylar Wallace it a solo home run in the bottom of the fourth inning, the Gators took a 4-3 lead and just needed nine outs to get the win.
But in a reoccurring theme this season, those nine outs didn’t come quickly enough as FSU immediately responded with a four-run top of the fifth to go up 7-4.
What made this game even worse was Sarah Longley hit a two-run home run to make it 7-6, only for Florida to leak another run after a walk, stolen base, wild pitch, then sac fly to make it 8-6. When Wallace hit another home run, it wasn’t enough.
The Gators even had the bases loaded in the bottom of the seventh but couldn’t get the game-winning hit, and Florida lost 8-7.