Gators Softball Swept Away by Arizona State in WCWS Championship Series 7-2


The Gators magical softball season came to an end Tuesday night as the Arizona State Sun Devils defeated the Gators 7-2 to win the National Championship. The Gators played the Sun Devils much tougher than they did in Monday's 14-4 loss, but just couldn't break through offensively against ASU freshman hurler Dallas Escobedo.

The Gators jumped out to an early 1-0 lead in the first thanks to Series Co-MVP Michelle Moultrie's leadoff double, a sacrifice bunt by Tiffany DeFelice and a sacrifice fly by Brittany Schutte. But the ASU bats came to life again in the second, as the Sun Devils plated three runs on three hits against Florida senior starter Stephanie Brombacher.

Arizona State added two more in the third to take a commanding 5-1 lead before extending the lead to 6-1 with a run in the fifth. ASU added an exclamation point in the sixth with a towering home run to left by Annie Lockwood to make it 7-1. The Gators scored a run in the seventh when DeFelice singled in Ensley Gammel to arrive at the final 7-2 score.

The Gators again had difficulty hitting Escobedo, who finishes the season with a 37-3 record, and pitched every inning of the WCWS tournament for the Sun Devils. Escobdeo (who shared Co-MVP honors with Moultrie) becomes the first freshman pitcher since 1990 to win a WCWS title for her team. The ASU championship is their second in the past four years.

Despite the loss, the Gators certainly left their mark on the WCWS this season. Moultrie tied WCWS records with 4 home runs and 13 hits. Senior Kelsey Bruder scored a tournament record 10 runs. Bruder, Schutte and Cheyenne Coyle all joined Moultrie in being named to the 2011 WCWS All-Tournament Team.

This year's team set 30 UF records and Florida’s five seniors, Bruder, DeFelice, Megan Bush, Brumbacher and Aja Paculba leave the program as the most successful class in Florida history, boasting a 238-33 (.878) overall record and a 94-13 (.878) record in SEC play. The Gators finish the season at 56-13 and earned a trip to the WCWS for an SEC-record fourth consecutive season.

X
Log In Sign Up

forgot?
Log In Sign Up

Please choose a new SB Nation username and password

As part of the new SB Nation launch, prior users will need to choose a permanent username, along with a new password.

Your username will be used to login to SB Nation going forward.

I already have a Vox Media account!

Verify Vox Media account

Please login to your Vox Media account. This account will be linked to your previously existing Eater account.

Please choose a new SB Nation username and password

As part of the new SB Nation launch, prior MT authors will need to choose a new username and password.

Your username will be used to login to SB Nation going forward.

Forgot password?

We'll email you a reset link.

If you signed up using a 3rd party account like Facebook or Twitter, please login with it instead.

Forgot password?

Try another email?

Almost done,

By becoming a registered user, you are also agreeing to our Terms and confirming that you have read our Privacy Policy.

Join Alligator Army

You must be a member of Alligator Army to participate.

We have our own Community Guidelines at Alligator Army. You should read them.

Join Alligator Army

You must be a member of Alligator Army to participate.

We have our own Community Guidelines at Alligator Army. You should read them.

Spinner.vc97ec6e

Authenticating

Great!

Choose an available username to complete sign up.

In order to provide our users with a better overall experience, we ask for more information from Facebook when using it to login so that we can learn more about our audience and provide you with the best possible experience. We do not store specific user data and the sharing of it is not required to login with Facebook.

tracking_pixel_9341_tracker