Monday night in the Women’s College World Series, Florida made a huge statement with a 5-0 win in Game 1 over Alabama that they were destined to be the national champions. On Tuesday night, they finished off that statement with a 6-3 win over the Crimson Tide, finalizing that statement and claiming that title they were searching for.
Florida wins Women’s College World Series! Gators claim 1st national title in softball with 6-3 victory over Alabama. pic.twitter.com/SHEFC6t8Pr
— SportsCenter (@SportsCenter) June 4, 2014
The score was tied at one after the first inning, but in the second, that’s where the Gators began to pull away en route to the title.
In that second inning, Florida rattled off four runs, increasing the score to 5-1 after two. Alabama was able to get one back in the third inning, but not another until their last-ditch effort in the seventh inning, which by then it was too late and the title dreams were dashed.
Once again, center fielder Kirsti Merritt showed up when her team needed her the most. Three of those four runs in that second-inning outburst came off a three-run homer from her bat, creating the huge gap that the Crimson Tide just couldn’t recover from from that point on.
Congratulations are in order to the Florida Gators, your 2014 Women’s College World Series national champions.