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The Florida Gators softball team defeats Virginia Tech 12-0 on May 29, 2022 in game three of the NCAA Super Regional to advance to the Women's College World Series to play OSU. (UAA Photo by Hannah White, via floridagators.com).

Gators Softball Closes Their Season With a Loss Against UCLA

On Sunday, the Gators Softball team’s season was cut short at the Women’s College World Series. UCLA took the victory at the USA Softball Hall of Fame Stadium in Oklahoma City, 8-0. While it is sad to see their season end early, these lady gators had an amazing run this season. The Gators finished out their season with a record of 49-19.

This was the team’s 11th appearance at the WCWS in the last 14 seasons. They did it by winning a Super Regional on the road which was their first time doing that in program history.

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Game Breakdown

Bruins’ Holly Azevedo pitched six innings and only gave up two hits. Charla Echols and Cheyenne Lindsey were Florida’s two hits.

In the top of the first, Kendra Falby was first up to the plate and grounded out to the shortstop. Hannah Adams grounded out to third.

By the bottom of the second, the Bruins were leading by 1-0

In the bottom of the fourth, the Bruins scored again, bringing the score to 2-0. Seneca Curo was safe at first on an error by Skylar Wallace, Savannah Pola scored and Anna Vines moved to second. The Bruins had 2 strikeouts during this inning.

At the top of the 5th Lindsey reached on bunt single to pitcher. Lindsey also moved to second on a pitching error by pitcher Holly Azevedo.

The game ended with Natalie Lugo pitching for Florida. Pola singled to center, Delanie Wisz and Maya Brady scored, Kate Blunt moved to third.

 

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Highlight of the Game

Bruin Alyssa Garcia hit a ball far into left field in the bottom of the second. Florida’s Katie Kistler hopped up against the wall and caught what seemed to be a home run ball just as it was crossing over the fence. This play by Kistler prevented Garcia from making a two-run shot. Robbing UCLA of this home-run, landed Kistler at No.5 on Sports Center Top 10.

The Gators Softball season may be over, but they finished out the year with a record of 49-19 – an impressive ending to an impressive year.

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