The 14th-seeded Nebraska softball team twice rallied to tie the game, but lost 9-8 in 15 innings against No. 2 Florida at the 2013 Women’s College World Series late Saturday night, ending their season.
In a game that took five hours and 20 minutes, Florida rallied from an early 2-0 deficit and the Huskers then rallied from a 6-3 deficit by scoring three runs in the bottom of the seventh.
Kylee Muir got the rally started with a one-out, pinch-hit single. Tatum Edwards singled to center. With runners on first and second, Gabbi Banda worked a nine-pitch walk to load the bases. Taylor Edwards lined a 3-2 pitch up the middle for an RBI single to trim the lead to 6-4.
With the bases still loaded and only one out, Brooke Thomason lifted a fly ball to center and Tatum Edwards tagged up and scored ahead of the throw. The Gators then threw to second to try and get Taylor Edwards out, who had tagged up as well. As the throw went to second, Banda got caught off third base and was in a rundown. Florida third baseman Stephanie Tofft dove to tag Banda out but on the tag, the ball rolled out of her glove as Banda slid into home plate with the tying run.
Briana Little gave Florida a 7-6 lead with a one-out solo home run in the top of the 10th.
Taylor Edwards then tied it in the bottom of the 10th with a leadoff solo home run to center. The Huskers were then unable to score after loading the bases with only one out.
The Gators put runners on first and third with one out in the top of the 15th. A hard hit grounder to short deflected into left field off Alicia Armstrong, allowing two runs to score as Florida grabbed a 9-7 lead.
Armstrong redeemed herself wit a lead off double to start the inning, then scored on an RBI ground out from sophomore Jordan Bettiol. With two outs, Tatum Edwards walked and Banda lined a single off the pitcher that deflected into shallow left field. Tatum tried to advance to third on the play, but was ruled out ending the Huskers season.