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No. 7 Florida falls to No. 8 Florida State 4-1

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TALLAHASSEE, Fla. - The seventh-ranked Florida softball team fell, 4-1, in the initial game of the Fresh from Florida Sunshine Showdown to No. 8 Florida State at JoAnne Graf Field.

The Gators (34-7) and the Seminoles (34-7) combined for a total of seven hits in the pitchers' duel with FSU's Kylee Hanson (20-3) earning the victory in the circle.

Carsyn Gordon put the Seminoles ahead, 1-0, in the bottom of the first inning with a one-out solo home run.

The Gators responded in the third to tie the game, 1-1, on an RBI double by Kayli Kvistad. Kvistad, slotted in the leadoff spot for the first time of her career, ripped the 2-2 pitch from Hanson to the right field wall, which allowed Alex Voss to score from second.

Voss entered the game to run for sophomore catcher Jordan Roberts after she reached with a leadoff walk.

The Seminoles retook the lead, 2-1, in the fourth frame. Gordon drew a leadoff walk and moved into scoring position on a single that hit off the third base bag. Zoe Casas drove in Gordon in the next at-bat with a single up the middle of the Gators infield.

Ocasio(14-5) nearly tied the game 2-2 with a hit that topped the 220 sign in center field, but the ball bounced back into play for a one-out double. Ocasio moved to third on a groundout from Kvistad and the Gators loaded the bases with back-to-back walks from DeWitt and Lorenz.

Hanson was able to work her way out of the jam after she forced an infield pop fly from Jordan Matthews.

FSU extended its lead to 4-1 with a pair of runs in the fifth. An infield single by Morgan Klaevemann and a triple by Harrod scored the first run and scored the second when Gordon grounded out to Reynoso for the first out.

The Gators return back home to Katie Seashole Pressly Stadium Friday, April 13, at 6 p.m. against South Carolina.