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Familiar bugaboos doom Tide, as Gators even series

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Alabama softball shut out 2-0, as I pull a ‘bammer.’

Gators’ Amanda Lorenz slams door on Tide
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A mercifully brief recap

One bad pitch from Sydney Littlejohn. One home run by the Gators. Two runs scored. Meanwhile Alabama could not get a runner past second base. The Tide’s defense had several highlight reel worthy plays to help hold Florida to just two. But the offense was totally inept.

The season will be on the line when the two teams take the field for game three.

How I missed a critical game

It’s not quite Disneyworld, and unlike ‘bammer’ I didn’t plan a trip during a critical Alabama game, without considering the jinx potential of my decision. (loving sarcasm here) I simply had no idea our trip to Lowe’s was going to take so long. So there I was standing in Lowe’s struggling to listen to the Alabama radio broadcast on my iPhone. (My son wanted to build a large iguana tank and I offered to go with him to Lowe’s.) No one seemed particularly eager to help the customers, but the few employees not on dinner break seemed fascinated by the fact that I was trying to listen to a college softball game. They kept asking me, “What are you listening to again?” When I said Alabama softball, one man’s face lit up. He said, “Oh I know them.” Hmm? Familiar with Alabama softball? He added, “Isn’t that the team where the girl hit the home run and forgot to step on home plate?” I sighed and acknowledged it was. He said, “I didn’t know girls could hit it that far.” So there’s that.

Unfortunately Friday night it was Florida’s Amanda Lorenz who ‘hit it that far,’ with a third inning homer that scored the two runs. Sydney Littlejohn pitched extremely well, but as has happened so often this season, she got zero in the way of run support.

Many of you were probably wondering, as was I, why Patrick Murphy didn’t at least try a reprisal of game one’s gambit. Slap. Bunt. Something. The ESPN announce crew wondered about it as Tide batters could get nothing going. Totally frustrating. Kind of like our trip to Lowe’s where we made the realization, we can buy a tank on Craigslist for less than it would cost to build.

Up next

Tomorrow’s game will look a lot like game one. Alexis Osorio will get the start for Alabama, Kelly Barnhill for Florida. After playing the role of visitors Friday, the Gators will be the home team for the third and final game of the series.

We’ve seen weird things happen before in Gainesville. Hopefully Osorio continues her streak of shutout pitching and coach Murphy cooks up a little something to score some runs. The winner of Saturday’s game goes on to Oklahoma City and the Women’s College World Series, loser goes home.

Game Three: 4pm CT, ESPN.

Roll Tide and HFTB, which super fan CarrotTop4 translates as Hope For The Bats. Amen.