Florida Softball: After delay, Gators roll into Regional finals

Florida had one run through the first three innings before exploding for six runs in the fifth

Teams always have to be on edge during the NCAA Softball Tournament, and Florida Softball is no exception. No matter how well a squad's opening game went, the possibility of the season ending during Saturday's slate of games is always a possibility.

The Gators were never in real danger against South Alabama, but it did take a couple of innings to get things going. After a weather delay in the third inning, Florida came back with a renewed spirit to eventually run rule the Jaguars and advance to the Regional Finals.

Florida Softball: Winner Winner

Florida had won its opening contest on Friday over Florida Gulf Coast 6-0, but the Gators weren't exactly flying out of the gate and didn't put the game out of reach until the sixth inning.

Likewise on Saturday, it took the Gators a go around in the lineup before the bats got going. South Alabama plated a run in the first and heading into the bottom of the third it was still 1-0 as Florida went 1-2-3 in both the first and second innings.

Cue Ava Brown to get the party started as she launched a ball over the right field fence that left the stadium entirely.

Then lightning was detected in the area and the two teams had to wait out a multi-hour delay.

The reset seems to do the Gators good as Skylar Wallace hit a two-run inside the park home run in the fourth inning.

By the fifth inning, Florida was done playing around and put up six more runs to win 9-1 via mercy rule.

South Alabama would go on to defeat Florida Gulf Coast later in the evening to set up a rematch for the Regional Final. The Gators just have to win once to advance to Super Regionals, but if they lose the first game today they will turn around for a winner take all game this evening.

First pitch is at 4 PM.