KNOXVILLE, Tenn. — Tennessee’s softball momentum came to a screeching halt at the SEC Tournament in Missouri on Friday, the Lady Vols run-ruled by Florida.
The No. 1-seeded Gators scored a 10-2 victory over No. 4-seed Tennessee in five innings despite only getting six hits by taking advantage of nine walks and two errors.
Eight of those walks were issued by starter Matty Moss (17-6) in just three innings.
1st inning: 2-run HR
2nd inning: 3-run HR
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Florida pitcher Kelly Barnhill (26-1) fanned nine batters while surrendering two hits and two runs, the Lady Vols scoring on Ashley Morgan’s 2-RBI double in the top of the third inning.
“Kelly didn’t have her best stuff,” Gators coach Tim Walton said. “But a lot of that had to Tennessee, they have one of the best offenses in the country.”
The Lady Vols (45-12) entered the SEC tourney as the No 8 team in the RPI ratings, and it’s likely they held their place, having defeated No. 9 RPI team LSU in Thursday’s action.
Tennessee now awaits Sunday night’s NCAA Tournament selection show.
The Lady Vols will learn their NCAA Tournament seed — the top eight teams earn the right to host a Super Regional, provided they advance out of next week’s regional.
Florida (49-8) won the SEC regular season title for the fourth consecutive season and faces South Carolina in the SEC Tournament Championship Game at 8 p.m. ET (TV: ESPN2).