(Andy Hutchins/SB Nation)
The No. 2-ranked Florida softball team dropped its first series of the season this weekend to Kentucky, but came through with a victory on Senior Day for lone senior Michelle Moultrie.
The series was bookended by Kentucky wins. The Wildcats took advantage of a two-run third inning to take the series opener by a score of 2-0. Moultrie attempted to will the Gators to another comeback win, but her 2-for-3 effort came up short in this pitchers' duel. Each team only managed to get four hits apiece.
Florida bounced back with a win on Senior Day. After being honored during a pre-game ceremony, Moultrie, the Gators' only senior, belted her team-leading 10th home run of the season to right center in her first at-bat. Moultrie went 2-4 from the plate with two RBI and a run. Florida put together eight hits as a team and scored five early runs to even the series with a 5-0 win.
Kentucky jumped to an early 1-0 lead in the series finale off a Kara Dill RBI single. Florida had a chance to break the game open in the fifth with the bases loaded and no outs, but the Gators could only manage a sac fly off the bat of Lauren Haeger.
Kentucky answered with four runs on three hits in the sixth inning to take the lead and the series with a 5-1 victory.