Florida Softball: Gators have a night they would rather forget

The Gators were mercy ruled by Texas and must win three in a row to advance to the championship series
Brett Rojo-USA TODAY Sports

For the first seven games of the NCAA Tournament, Florida Softball had only surrendered 12 runs. Coming off a 1-0 win over Oklahoma State, one would have expected Florida's Saturday night match-up against Texas to at least come down to the wire.

But in a night to forget, nothing went right for the Gators in a 10-0 run rule defeat to the Longhorns as Florida now faces the long road back if it hopes to win a national title.

Florida Softball: Delete

Keagan Rothrock threw 94 pitches on Thursday, keeping Oklahoma State off the scoreboard for seven innings. On Saturday, she lasted just 14 pitches and was pulled after giving up two runs with two runners still on base. Ava Brown came in and promptly gave up a three-run home run to make it 5-0 before anyone had blinked.

Doubling down on the problem, the Gators batters could catch up to the 70+ MPH fastballs Texas pitcher Mac Morgan was hurling and went into the 5th inning without a hit.

Down 10-0 by this point, the Gators were at risk of being no-hit, but Katie Kistler salvaged a complete disaster and picked up Florida's lone hit of the night.

The Gators will be back at it today with an elimination game against Alabama. Florida took two out of three from the Crimson Tide back in March. The winner of the matchup will move on to a date with Oklahoma on Monday. The Gators need to beat the three-time national champions twice to advance to the championship series.