March 30, 2014
KNOXVILLE, Tenn. -- No. 2 Tennessee trails No. 4 Florida, 6-4, heading into the sixth inning of Game 2 of their season series. Game 2 has been suspended and will continue if time permits after Game 3 (1 p.m. ET on CSS) is finished.
Florida jumped out to a 2-0 lead in the first inning when Kirsti Merritt clubbed a one-out, two-run home run over the wall in left.
Melissa Davin smashed a solo home run with one out in the bottom of the first to pull Tennessee to within 2-1. Davin hammered a 2-2 pitch from Gourley over the scoreboard in left field for her seventh home run of the season. The Lady Vols tied the game at 2-2 when Haley Tobler drew a one-out, bases-loaded walk to plate Madison Shipman. Taylor Koenig was hit by a pitch in the next at-bat, scoring Annie Aldrete and giving UT a 3-2 lead.
Tennessee's lead grew to 4-2 in the bottom of the second when Gourley threw a wild pitch with the bases loaded and two outs, scoring Davin on the play.
The Gators came roaring back with a four-run third inning to take a 5-4 lead. Merritt hit a leadoff home run to left field to pull Florida to within 4-3. Cheyanne Tarango relieved Gabriel in the circle and the Gators put up three more runs. With one out, Taylor Schwarz drew a bases-loaded walk, scoring Lauren Haeger and tying the game at 4-4. Two batters later, Kelsey Stewart knocked a two-RBI single through the right side to give the Gators a 6-4 advantage.
Megan Geer opened the bottom of the fourth with a triple down the right field line, but the Lady Vols could not plate her as Gourley induced a groundout and two swinging strikeouts to escape the inning.
Game 2 of the series has been suspended due to Game 3 being a televised game with a 1 p.m. ET start on CSS. Game 2 will resume after the end of Game 3 if time permits.
Stay tuned for the conclusion of Game 2 and the full recap.