In what had a playoff atmosphere the, ‘Florida Sunshine Showdown’, game played last night between in-state rivals Florida and Florida State ended up being a pitching duel between aces Delanie Gourley (Florida) and Jessica Burroughs (Florida State). The game was played before a record crowd of 2,547 at Katie Seashole Pressly Stadium.
It looked like Florida State would take an early lead in the game when in the first inning Morgan Klaevemann singled but then was called out after first being ruled safe trying to steal second base due to leaving first base too early. Jessica Warren also doubled to left center but got thrown out on a perfect throw from Gator sophomore Amanda Lorenz when she tried scoring later in the inning.
After that things settled down into a pitching duel until in the seventh inning when Florida’s Kayli Kvistad drove home
Justine McLean for the 1-0 win. McLean had reached base on a one-handed bunt single when two batters later Kvistad’s single to right field drove her home.
Florida pitcher Delanie Gourley had her change up working perfect as it looked at times like the Florida State batters
were swatting at flys. Sophomore Kelly Barnhill (16-0) relieved Gourley in the sixth inning giving up only one walk and no hits through her two innings of work.
Florida State’s Jessica Burroughs also was having a strong game until she was pulled in the final inning by Megan King
(17-1) who gave up the winning run.
Florida returns to SEC play this weekend with a three-game series at Kentucky this Saturday at 6 p.m.
When asked about the game’s environment Florida head coach Tim Walton said…
“I just want to thank everybody for coming out, it was a great crowd with great energy tonight. You couldn’t even hear yourself think a lot of times so I’m just proud of this environment tonight. Two of the best programs in the country, in the same state – it brings out the best in everybody. I thought the fans were awesome, their fans were cheering for their team and our fans were cheering for us. And both starting pitchers did a phenomenal job tonight.”
Game star Kayli Kvistad when asked about how the winning hit felt said…
“It felt great. It was a great team win overall. Delaney started off the game great in the circle then Kelly just shut them out at the end. So just a great team win overall. We had a couple chances earlier in the game but just one hit away. It felt great.”