LAFAYETTE, La. - The No.2 Florida softball team fell in the series finale, 4-3, to No. 19 Louisiana Sunday afternoon at Lamson Park. Casidy Chaumont provided a walk-off home run to left field in the 11th -inning that scored Kara Gremillion.
With the score tied 2-2, Florida (8-1) regained the lead in the top of the 11th -inning via an RBI double from freshman Hannah Adams. Adams scored Aleshia Ocasio from second base who, reached via a leadoff walk and moved into scoring position after stealing second.
The Gators struck first with a pair of runs in the top of the second inning to take a 2-0 lead over the Ragin' Cajuns (7-2). A leadoff walk from Janell Wheaton followed up by a single by Ocasio gave Florida the opportunity to jump out in front.
Sophia Reynoso loaded the bases with one out after being hit by the 2-2 pitch. Adams was the first to have a crack at scoring the first run of the game but went down on strikes for the second out.
Junior Amanda Lorenz extended her hitting streak to seven games after she ripped a two-RBI single that scored Wheaton and Ocasio for the first runs of the game.
Louisiana avoided being shut out for the series after scoring a pair of runs in the bottom of the third to tie the game 2-2. With the bases loaded and one out, Alissa Dalton drove in Brittany Rodriguez and Aeriyl Mass with a single to right center field. Mass reach via a walk and Rodriguez was safe on a throwing error.
Barnhill bounced back in the circle to record a strikeout and force a groundout to DeWitt at third.
Ocasio relieved Barnhill in the fourth inning of play in attempt to keep the Ragin' Cajuns bats off balance.
The game then turned into a defensive battle in the fourth and fifth innings for both teams. Louisiana threatend with a base runner in the fourth but a 6-4-3 double play ended the frame.
It was the third double play of the series for the Gators.
The Ragin' Cajuns returned the favor in the top of the fifth with a double play of their own. Jordan Matthews hit into a 4-6-4 double play to end the Florida offensive half of the inning and preserved a 2-2 tie.
In the bottom of the ninth, Louisiana was presented with their best opportunity to end the game as the first two batters managed to reach base safely. A groundout to Kvistad at first moved both runners into scoring position but a strikeout by Ocasio in the circle and a grounder easily handled by freshman Hannah Adams at second ended the threat.
Florida countered in the top of the tenth with a single from Kvistad with two outs and was moved into scoring position in the following at-bat by Jordan Matthews. Janell Wheaton fell behind 0-2 before working the count full and grounding out to third to end the inning.Florida returns to action for a midweek doubleheader against Oakland University this upcoming Wednesday at 4 p.m.