Florida vs. Florida State: Alex Powers' walk-off two-run homer gives Seminoles 3-1 win over Gators
You couldn't have asked for a better head-to-head softball series than what we got between in-state rivals Florida and Florida State this year.
A month after the No. 1 Gators walked off in a 1-0 showdown, No. 2 FSU got its revenge in Tallahassee Wednesday night, winning 3-1 on a walk-off home run from Alex Powers in the 11th inning.
Florida ace Kelly Barnhill tossed 10.1 innings with a career-high 21 strikeouts, but served up the two-run winner to Powers after Korina Rosario led off the frame with a triple. Along with a first inning home run allowed to Jessica Warren, Barnhill — and her 0.19 ERA coming into Wednesday — was taken deep for the first two times this season. Her loss was also the first of her season, as she dropped to 21-1.
For Florida State, Meghan King delivered 6.2 innings of shutout relief en route to earning the victory. Jessica Burroughs started in the pitching circle for the Seminoles and allowed one run in the first 4.1 innings.
Both the Gators and Seminoles struck for a run in the first inning. From that point on, each pitcher settled into a groove and shut down the opposition before Powers finally broke the deadlock and evened the series.
Check out our live blog below for a blow-by-blow recap of the game: