The Florida Gator softball team (53-8) fell short to rival Alabama 3-0 on Thursday night in the first game of the best-of-three Super Regional.
— Gators Softball (@GatorsSB) May 26, 2017
Kelly Barnhill started for the Gators and pitched until the fifth inning when Aleshia Ocasio relieved her. Barnhill allowed three runs, all unearned, and 11 strikeouts, while Ocasio kept Alabama off the board.
In the fifth inning, Alabama reached base on a leadoff walk, followed by a fielder’s choice, two errors and a pair of sacrifices that gave the Tide a lead of 3-0. Alabama scored on throwing errors by the Florida ace Barnhill.
The Crimson Tide pitcher, Alexis Osorio, threw a three-hit shutout to help improve her team 46-16.
The Gators best chance at scoring came was in the bottom of the fifth inning when two batters were hit by a pitch and Amanda Lorenz walked. Janell Wheaton ended the inning with a 12-pitch at-bat which included seven foul balls. At the end, Florida was not able to put up any runs.
Lorenz went two-for-two with a pair of walks on the night.
Florida will face off with Alabama Friday night for Game 2 of the NCAA Super Regionals. First pitch is set for 7 p.m. and will be aired by ESPN.