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Home runs propel No. 1 seed Florida to semifinals

558 days ago
SEC Staff

COLUMBIA, Mo. -- No. 1 seed Florida used two clutch home runs to rally for a 5-2 win against No. 8 seed Alabama in the second round of the SEC Tournament.

SEC Player of the Year Amanda Lorenz came up big for the Gators, blasting a three-run home run in the bottom of the sixth to break a 2-2 tie and seal the victory.

Florida (48-8) advanced to the SEC semifinals for the third time in the last four years. This was the seventh come-from-behind victory of the season for UF.

The Gators used the long ball to come back from an early 2-0 deficit. SEC Pitcher of the Year Kelly Barnhill started in the circle for Florida, but the Crimson Tide quickly jumped out to a 2-0 lead in the first inning.

Florida had the chance to get on the board in the bottom of the third inning when Jordan Matthews hit a two-out single to bring Lorenz home, but the junior was tagged out at the plate.

Gators senior Aleshia Ocasio evened the score in the bottom of the fourth with a two-run homer over the right-field wall.

Ocasio had a big night at the plate and in the circle. The senior earned her 19th win of the season after relieving Barnhill for the final two innings, giving up only one hit.

UP NEXT: Florida faces No. 4 seed Tennessee in the second semifinal game Friday on ESPNU, with first pitch at approximately 5:30 pm ET.