Kentucky defeats Florida in softball, 5-1
LEXINGTON, Ky. -- The No. 3-ranked Florida softball team dropped a 5-1 decision Saturday to No. 21 Kentucky.
The Wildcats (26-12, 6-8 SEC) jumped out early, scoring in the first inning by capitalizing on an uncommon throwing error by redshirt freshman Sophia Reynoso from her shortstop position.
However, it didn’t take long for the Gators (39-3, 14-2 SEC) to respond, as junior Aleshia Ocasio ripped the team’s first hit of the game and later scored on Justine McLean’s two-out double.
Kentucky broke the tie in the bottom of the fifth on a trio of hits and a wild pitch from Delanie Gourley. Erin Rethlake opened frame with a single that dropped in front of Lorenz in left field and a bunt single by Katie Reed put runners on the corners. UK went on to plate the go ahead via a wild pitch. After a groundout to first baseman Kayli Kvistad for the first out, the Wildcats took a 3-1 lead on a blooper down the right field line Jenny Schaper.
Two more runs came around to score for Kentucky in the sixth inning, Katie Reed singled down the left field line for a pair of RBIs.
“We have to do a better job of creating leverage and just hitting the ball," UF coach Tim Walton said. "I think, overall, today we weren’t very good offensively, we weren’t sharp defensively, and with that you get a team that can beat you. Tomorrow, we just have to do a better job of hitting the ball.”
Gourley (13-3) finished the complete-game with seven strikeouts.
The Gators look to rebound in the series finale at 1 p.m. Sunday.
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