Kickoff times announced for Florida-Michigan, FSU-Alabama

  • Kickoff times announced for Florida-Michigan, FSU-Alabama

Kickoff times announced for Florida-Michigan, FSU-Alabama

Until she had to throw the ball overhand. The two programs have met four times before though, with MI winning each of those postseason bowl games.

"By design, we have a really good pitching staff", Gators head coach Tim Walton told reporters on Sunday.

Florida (53-8) avoided further trouble, but the damage was done. Georgia Tech will be making its first appearance in the game.

"We're going to find out where we're at and find out about the toughness", Walton said.

Then, it was a replay of the previous play all over again. What's more, Florida leads the nation with 37 shutouts this season, while Alabama ranks third with 26.

Then, all heck broke loose.

With pinch-runner Mari Cranek on first base for Hemphill, Reagan Dykes laid down a bunt. Sydney Booker came up, and also bunted, and another throw got away from Barnhill allowing Dare to score. That allowed two runs to score in a game where runs were hard to come by. "We wouldn't be where we are without her and we're going to need her to win this Super Regional".

The bottom of the fifth was Florida's best chance to get back in the game.

The 16th-seeded Tide (46-16) can punch a ticket to Oklahoma City with a win Friday.

Alabama head coach Patrick Murphy has a new approach to scoring runs: "make 'em make a play".

"I think everything was working". Barnhill fell to 23-3, but struck out 11 and walked only three while giving up just one hit before being relieved by Aleshia Ocasio after giving up two walks to start the sixth inning.

This contest marks the first time since 1984 that the Gators will begin their season with a neutral site game.

Alabama scored all three of its runs in the top of the fifth, capitalizing on two throwing errors by Florida starter Kelly Barnhill (23-3) on a pair of sacrifice bunt attempts.

Alabama finished the game with only two hits while Florida managed just three. The Tide had been 0-5, with all of those games coming in the WCWS.

In all, the ACC has four primetime national exposures on ESPN or ABC in the season's first three weeks.