May 11, 2012
TUSCALOOSA, Ala. -
In the first upset of the 2012 SEC Softball Tournament, No. 3 seed Florida beat No. 2 Tennessee 2-1 in eight innings to win the first of two semifinal games on Friday. It was also the first extra-inning outing for this year's tournament.
Tennessee struck first when junior Raven Chavanne scored on a wild pitch in the bottom of the first inning. Florida answered in the top of the third when freshman Sami Fagan scored on a single by sophomore Cheyenne Coyle to knot the game at one.
The game remained tied until freshman pinch hitter Bailey Castro sent a solo shot over the left-center wall, which proved to be the difference after Tennessee went down in order in the bottom of the eighth inning.
Sophomore pitcher Hannah Rogers picked up the win for the Gators, pushing her record to 27-6, while junior Ivy Renfroe took the loss for the Lady Vols, falling to 19-7.
The Gators advance to Saturday's championship game where they will await the winner of Friday's second semifinal game between No. 1 seed Alabama and No. 4 Georgia. The championship game is slated to air on ESPN2 at 12 p.m. CDT.