Minutes ago, the Florida Gators softball team put away the Oklahoma State Cowgirls to stay undefated in regional play. Their next game will take place tomorrow at noon. Our opponent has yet to be determined; we will play the winner of tonight’s elimination game.
Florida’s run for a national championship is off to a strong start. Yesterday afternoon, we defeated Florida A&M 9-0 behind freshman pitcher Delanie Gourley, who threw a no hitter. Our bats came alive, with lead off batter Amanda Lorenz smashing a home run during her first plate appearance. Kayli Kvistad, Sophia Reynoso, and Janell Wheaton were among Gators who also got hits during the game. We run-ruled the Lady Rattlers in five innings.
Today, sophomore pitcher Kelly Barnhill got the start, and was just as lights-out as Gourley had been. At one point towards the end of the game, ESPN showed statistics comparing the two pitchers: the stats were identical, except for strikeouts. (Barnhill had one more.) Once again, our bats were on fire: with the bases loaded in the bottom of the fourth, Aleshia Ocasio hit a double, knocking in two runs and putting the Gators up 2-0. She would go two for three in the game.
What It Means
The Gators will continue their postseason tomorrow, and if they can keep up the stellar defense, lights-out pitching, and fiery bats, they will be on their way to Oklahoma City and potentially their third national championship in four years.
Note: Stats from floridagators.com as well as Florida Softball’s Twitter account.