Softball Gators Eliminated From WCWS By UCLA In Loss Of Execution Rule
OKLAHOMA CITY, okay. (WCJB) – Florida softball’s postseason run for spring 2022 is over.
The Gators (48-18) faced 13-time national champion UCLA (50-9) in the Women’s College World Series playoff game and suffered an 8-0 loss to end their stay in Oklahoma City.
Elizabeth Hightower (17-9) started in the circle for orange and blue but only got through the first inning before giving up the first run of the game. With two outs, Hightower gave up back-to-back singles to the Bruins to bring the first inning of the game.
At the plate, Florida was placed in order in the 3rd and 4th innings by star Bruins pitcher Holly Azevedo. The Gators only managed to record a pair of hits in the game – it was the second consecutive World Series contest where they were held to three or fewer hits by opposed pitches.
In the bottom of the 4th, a pair of Gators errors led the Bruins to widen their lead. With two out and two runners on base, shortstop Skylar Wallace started a ground ball that got UCLA’s second run in. Then, on a hard ball down the middle, Wallace tried to put his glove on it, but it worked and dribbled into the shallow left center, which tackled two more Bruins to increase their lead to 4-0.
By the 6th inning, the daylight was fading for Florida’s comeback hopefuls, and halfway through the game, the Bruins officially shut off the lights.
With the bases loaded and only one out, Maya Brady chose the right side of the infield to lead Briana Perez and Kelli Godin, increasing the lead to 6-0. The straw that broke the camel’s back in the contest came a few batters later, when Natalie Lugo gave up a two-run single to Savannah Pola, which ended the game due to the mercy rule. eight points.
Florida ended its season one game away from reaching the semifinals of the Women’s College World Series.
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