For the 2nd time in considerably less than 24 hrs at the Women’s Higher education Environment Series, Florida was victimized by a masterful pitching performance as fifth-seeded UCLA ended 14th-seeded UF’s year in Sunday’s elimination video game, 8-, at United states Softball Hall of Fame Stadium in Oklahoma Metropolis.
This time, it was UCLA’s fourth-calendar year junior Holly Acevedo who silenced the Florida bats. She threw six innings of two-strike ball in the mercy-rule victory,
Twenty hours previously, it was Oklahoma State’s Holly Maxwell who fired a three-strike, 2- shutout gain that dropped the Gators into the loser’s bracket.
Acevedo, the Bruins’ No. 2 pitcher (driving 2nd-staff All American and Pac-12 Pitcher of the Year Megan Faraimo) proved even far more difficult for the UF offense to clear up. Compared with Thursday, when she was touched up for five hits and 3 operates in just 2.2 innings in a 7-2 to start with-spherical decline to unseeded Texas, Acevedo experienced her way versus the Gators, who managed just a leadoff one by Charla Echols in the second and infield single by Cheyenne Lindsey in the fifth — and only as soon as bought a runner as considerably as 3rd.
The Bruins grabbed a 1- guide in the 2nd against Gators starter Elizabeth Hightower when No. 9 hitter, Kelli Godwin, with runners at to start with and next, tapped a two-out RBI one to appropriate industry.
UF flirted with much more difficulties in third, obtained out of it, only to have things begin to unravel in the fourth. UCLA obtained just a single hit in the inning, but a leadoff stroll, handed ball, run-scoring error by shortstop Skylar Wallace and two-run infield solitary in the next-base gap by Briana Perez gave Acevedo, who arrived in with 1.34 Period, all the guidance she required.
The score held until eventually the sixth when UCLA tagged on four far more runs versus reliever Natalie Lugo, like a bases-loaded, two-operate single by Maya Brady that built the rating 6-. Two batters later, the bases have been loaded for Savannah Pola, who ended the recreation by means of the mercy rule with a double into the right field hole.
UF remaining fielder Katie Kistler robs UCLA’s Alyssa Garcia of a house run in the 2nd inning.
Enjoy OF THE Game: In the base of the 2nd, with UCLA up 1-, Bruin Alyssa Garcia skied a ball high into left industry that the breeze carried (and carried some more) to what appeared like property run territory. But UF remaining fielder Katie Kistler retreated to the warning track, hopped at the wall and plucked the ball from more than the fence line to rob Garcia of a two-operate shot. Tune into Athletics Heart later on and look at it out. It’ll be a “Major 10,” for confident.
IN THE Highlight: Acevedo enhanced to 21-2 and reduced her Period to 1.22. She only struck two, but walked 1 and was hardly ever threatened, restricting the coronary heart of of the UF order (Kendra Falby, Hannah Adams, Wallace, Echols and Reagan Walsh, hitting 1-by-5) to a 1-for-12 afternoon.
STAGGERING STATISTIC: The Gators were being shut out 2 times in a WCWS for the first time in system record (11 outings).
The offseason. Florida (49-19) received just one of a few games here at OKC, which was improved than the Gators’ two-and-out displaying very last time they were listed here in 2019. UF, keep in mind, finished fifth in the Southeastern Convention, but ended up being the lone league staff to reach the WCWS Sequence — the team’s 11th appearance here in the last 14 seasons — and did it for the to start with time in method record by profitable a Tremendous Regional on the road. In the meantime, idea a hat to Adams, Lugo and Lindsey, each and every of whom performed their last 3 online games for the Gators.