WOMEN'S COLLEGE WORLD SERIES: LOUISIANA-LAFAYETTE 3, FLORIDA 2; Gators Upset on Eighth-Inning Homer an Early Lead Slips Away from the Top-Seeded Florida Softball Team

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OKLAHOMA CITY -- All Florida center fielder Kim Waleszonia could do was watch as the ball flew over her head and the game fell out of reach.

Holly Tankersley blasted the game-winning home run in the top of the eighth inning, helping Louisiana-Lafayette knock off top-seeded UF 3-2 on Thursday afternoon at Hall of Fame Stadium to open the Women's College World Series.

Tankersley, an All-American outfielder for the Ragin' Cajuns (52-13), has 22 home runs this season.

"Honestly, I just closed my eyes and swung," she said.

Gators coach Tim Walton said his team's inability to make in-game adjustments contributed to the loss.

"At this level, you have to get it done," Walton said. "You have to make adjustments, and we didn't do that."

Things looked good for UF (67-4) early in the game.

In the second inning, Corrie Brooks ripped an RBI double down the left-field line to drive in freshman Tiffany DeFelice, who had hit a leadoff single, her first in postseason play. In the bottom of the fourth, Aja Paculba hit an RBI double down the left-field line to put the Gators ahead 2-0.

But the Ragin' Cajuns responded. Vanessa Soto pounded a two-run double off the center-field wall in the top of the fifth to tie the score.

"That's why we call her 'Vanessa Money,' " Louisiana-Lafayette co-coach Stefni Lotief said. …


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