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Florida ends Alabama's season in Softball World Series 6 to 4

On Sunday, the University of Alabama softball team lost to the University of Florida 6 to 4. The loss eliminated the ladies from the NCAA 2024 Softball World Series.

The game was extended by a three-hour weather delay.

Kayla Beaver got the start for the Tide; while Keagan Rothrock was the starting pitcher for Florida.

The Tide took an early second inning lead when Riley Valentine batted in Bailey Dowling.

Florida, however scored two runs in the third inning to take a 2 to 1 lead.

Alabama tied it up in the bottom of the third when Marlie Giles batted in Lauren Johnson.

Alabama head Coach Patrick Murphy replaced Beaver with Jocelyn Briski in the fifth inning. Florida retook the lead 3 to 2. With two Florida runners on base, Murphy replaced Briski with Alea Johnson. Johnson gave up a home run that made it 6 to 2 in favor of Florida. Alabama scored 2 runs in the sixth inning; but ultimately Florida hung on to advance while Alabama goes home.

"They squeezed every ounce out being a great teammate, being great leaders and being great representatives of the University of Alabama," said Murphy. "They worked their butts off and got here, beyond anything that I could have ever imagined. It's been one of the most enjoyable teams to coach in my career."

This was the 15th time that Alabama has advanced to the softball world series. They won it in 2012. The win was Florida's 50th of the season.

Alabama finishes the season 39 and 20.


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