Softball Falls in Game One to No. 5 Florida

by Lacey Dodson | Communications Student
Box Score - Florida 5, LSU 0 +0
Softball Falls in Game One to No. 5 Florida

GAINESVILLE, Fla. – The No. 11 LSU softball team fell in game one of the SEC weekend series to No. 5 Florida, 5-0, Friday night in Gainesville. The Tigers move to 18-9 on the season and 4-3 in the SEC while Florida moves to 22-3 on the season and 6-1 in the SEC.

The Tigers face off with Florida on Saturday at 4 p.m. CT. The game will be available on ESPN and via live stats. The Tigers close the weekend series on Sunday squaring up with the Gators at 10 a.m. CT on SEC Network+ and via live stats.

The Tigers were able to place two runners on base in the top of the first inning but a play at the plate ended the threat without scoring a run.

The two teams entered a pitcher’s duel through the first few innings but Florida was able to score first. The Gators plated two runs on a single up the middle in the bottom of the third inning to take an early lead.

In the bottom of the fifth the Gators put two runners on base but a huge strikeout from starter Shelbi Sunseri in the circle ended the threat.

Florida added three runs in the bottom of the sixth inning on a three-run home run to increase its lead to 5-0. LSU made a switch in the circle to Maribeth Gorsuch who got three consecutive outs to end the inning.

In the top of the seventh Raeleen Gutierrez launched a double off the center field wall with one out, but the Tigers weren’t able to capitalize on the momentum and fell in game one 5-0.

Sunseri took the loss in the circle for the Tigers and moved to 5-3 on the season. Georgia Clark, Danieca Coffey, and Gutierrez were the only three Tigers to record hits in the game.

Torina’s Thoughts

“I think Florida is a really solid team. They are always well-prepared. I think we need to show up with our best game and we didn’t have it tonight. I think if you try to attack a team like that without your best stuff then you are going to come up on the wrong end of that. So we show up with a different outlook tomorrow and hopefully we’ll play better.”

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