WCWS Live Updates: No. 14 Alabama Softball vs. No. 4 Florida

Score updates, start time and analysis as the Crimson Tide takes on the Gators at Devon Park in Oklahoma City.
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OKLAHOMA CITY– Alabama softball is facing another elimination game at the Women's College World Series. The Crimson Tide will take on No. 4 Florida on Sunday afternoon.

Alabama and Florida played the opening weekend of SEC play back in March with the Gators coming away with the series win. Florida infielder Skylar Wallace said both teams are different from that meeting in the regular season.

"Playing Alabama in the beginning of the season, they're not the same team now that they were. We're not the same team that we were back then either," Wallace said. "We're familiar with each other. We have a lot of film. We can reflect on that, see our goods, our bads, what can lead to us a good game plan and approach."

No. 14 Alabama and No. 4 Florida were scheduled for a 2 p.m. first pitch on ABC, but the game is in a weather delay because of storms in the area. The new start time is 5:06 p.m. on ESPN2.


Live Updates

(latest updates at the top)

FINAL: Florida 6, Alabama 4

Bottom 7- Alabama

  • Giles flies out on the first pitch, and that is ballgame. Florida wins. The 2024 Alabama softball season has come to an end.
  • Preuitt strikes out swinging, and Alabama is down to its final out.
  • Preuitt is in to pinch hit for Cahalan.
  • White grounds out to shortstop. One out.
  • Top of the lineup due up for the Tide even though it looks like Larissa Preuitt will be pinch hitting for Cahalan. Alabama needs at least two runs to extend the game.

MID 7: Florida 6, Alabama 4

Top 7- Florida

  • Groundout ends the half inning. 1-2-3 inning for Alea.
  • Back-to-back Ks for Alea to open the seventh.
  • Alea Johnson stays in the circle for the Crimson Tide.

END 6: Florida 6, Alabama 4

Bottom 6- Alabama

  • Lauren Johnson fouls off seven straight pitches before flying out to left field. Side retired, but Alabama gets two runs back in the sixth.
  • Heivilin singles through the left side to score another Tide run. Florida 6, Alabama 4
  • Valentine hits a ball to shortstop. Florida gets the runner at second, but isn't able to finish the double play at first. One run comes in to score. Florida 6, Alabama 3
  • Esman singles to shallow center, and Alabama has the bases loaded with one out for Valentine. Kinley Pate comes in to pinch run for Esman.
  • Johnson single to right field. Two on with one out.
  • Dowling puts a charge in one, but its caught on the left field warning track. One out.
  • Giles reaches with a leadoff infield single.
  • Giles, Dowling and Jenna Johnson due up for the Tide looking to get some runs back.

MID 6: Florida 6, Alabama 2

Top 6- Florida

  • Wow! Incredible diving catch by White in center field to retire the side and limit the damage. It would've been at least a double. However, Alabama still has a big mountain to climb over these final two innings.
  • Erickson crushes one out to centerfield to bust this game open for Florida with the three-run home run. Florida 6, Alabama 2
  • Alea Johnson comes in to relieve Briski with runners on the corners. This is her first appearance since May 4 against Auburn.
  • Goelz steals second and then a tough bounce on a chopper by Otis eats Heivilin up at second. Florida has runners on the corners with two outs.
  • Wallace flies out to the warning track in centerfield for the second out.
  • Goelz singles up the middle with one out, bringing up the top of the order.
  • 8-9-1 due up for the Gators.

END 5: Florida 3, Alabama 2

Bottom 5- Alabama

  • Cahalan pops up to strand the runner.
  • Johnson moves to second base with two outs on a bunt from White.
  • Lauren Johnson strikes out swinging, but the wild pitch allows her to reach first base.
  • Heivilin flies out to the warning track for the fourth time in the WCWS. One out.
  • Heivilin, Lauren Johnson and White due up for Alabama.

MID 5: Florida 3, Alabama 2

Top 5- Florida

  • Huge play by Briski to snag a ball that was heading up the middle and calmly make the throw to first for the final out.
  • Briski gets Kowalewski looking. Two outs.
  • Sac bunt moves both runners up 60 feet. One out.
  • Walsh singles up the middle to score Otis, and Florida reclaims the lead. Florida 3, Alabama 2
  • Erickson draws a walk, and the Gators have two on with nobody out.
  • Leadoff single from Otis. Third time she's reached base.
  • Jocelyn Briski enters to pitch for Alabama.

END 4: Alabama 2, Florida 2

Bottom 4- Alabama

  • Super quick six-pitch inning at the plate for the Tide.
  • Jenna Johnson, Esman and Valentine due up for Alabama in the bottom half of the inning.

MID 4: Alabama 2, Florida 2

Top 4- Florida

  • Wallace flies out to center for the final out. Beaver keeps the Gators off the board in the fourth.
  • Flyout to left field goes for the second out.
  • Williams singles to left field. Florida has runners on first and second with one out.
  • Cahalan makes a leaping snag to rob Falby of a hit. One out.
  • Leadoff single for Kowalewski.
  • 6-7-8 due up for Florida.

END 3: Alabama 2, Florida 2

Bottom 3- Alabama

  • Dowling hits into a double play to limit the damage for Florida.
  • Giles singles up the middle to score Lauren from second. Tie game. Alabama 2, Florida 2
  • Cahalan strikes out swinging for the second time. One out.
  • Bunt single for White puts two on with nobody out for the Tide.
  • Leadoff four-pitch walk for Lauren.
  • Lauren Johnson, White and Cahalan due up for Alabama in the bottom of the third.

MID 3: Florida 2, Alabama 1

Top 3- Florida

  • Flyout to centerfield ends the frame, but the Gators take the lead in the top of the third.
  • Florida takes the lead on a groundball to Cahalan. She gets the out at second, but Otis scores from third. Florida 2, Alabama 1
  • Erickson singles hard out to right field. Wallace scores from second to tie the game, and Otis moves to third with one out. Alabama 1, Florida 1
  • Beaver follows Wallace's at-bat with a walk to Otis. Two on with one out for the Gators.
  • After review, Wallace is called safe. Third straight inning the Gators have gotten a one-out baserunner.
  • Wallace hits one to shortstop and hustles down the line. She's called out on the field, but Florida challenges the play.
  • Groundball goes for the first out.

END 2: Alabama 1, Florida 0

Bottom 2- Alabama

  • Johnson moves to second with two outs for Heivilin.
  • RBI-groundout to shortstop scores Dowling from third. Alabama 1, Florida 0
  • Esman lines out to second. One out.
  • Jenna singles up the middle for her first base hit of the WCWS. Alabama has runners on the corners with nobody out.
  • Alabama has a leadoff runner on second base after a two-base error by Falby in centerfield.
  • Dowling, Jenna Johnson, and Esman due up for the Tide.

MID 2: Alabama 0, Florida 0

Top 2- Florida

  • A popup ends the half inning, stranding the runner at second.
  • Falby moves the lead runner into scoring position with two outs on a groundball to third.
  • One-out single past a diving Heivilin.
  • Kistler puts a charge in it, but White makes the catch up against the centerfield wall for the first out.

END 1: Alabama 0, Florida 0

Bottom 1- Alabama batting

  • Giles also goes down swinging. Quick 1-2-3 inning in the circle for Rothrock.
  • Cahalan goes down swinging. Two outs.
  • White pops up a bunt. One out.
  • White, Cahalan and Giles due up for the Tide to lead off the game.

MID 1: Alabama 0, Florida 0

Top 1- Florida batting

  • Diving stop by Heivilin robs Walsh of a hit and ends the inning for the Gators.
  • A popup by Erickson goes for the second out.
  • Otis singles up the middle to give Florida a one-out baserunner.
  • Wallace grounds out to the right side. One out.
  • The first pitch from Beaver to Wallace is a strike, and this game is underway.

Starting lineups:



1. Skylar Wallace- SS

1. Kristen White- CF

2. Korbe Otis- LF

2. Kenleigh Cahalan- SS

3. Jocelyn Erickson- C

3. Marlie Giles- C

4. Reagan Walsh- DP

4. Bailey Dowling- 3B

5. Katie Kistler- RF

5. Jenna Johnson- LF

6. Ariel Kowalewski- 3B

6. Lauren Esman- 1B

7. Kendra Falby- CF

7. Riley Valentine- DP

8. Mia Williams- 2B

8. Kali Heivilin- 2B

9. Avery Goelz- 1B

9. Lauren Johnson- RF

P- Keagan Rothrock

P- Kayla Beaver


  • For the first time in this WCWS tournament, Alabama will be the designated home team.
  • Florida is wearing orange tops with white pants and orange socks.
  • Alabama is wearing the white pinstripe uniforms with crimson socks.
  • Alabama is switching dugouts from its first two games in OKC and will be in the dugout down the third base line, which I'm assuming means the Crimson Tide will be the home team.
  • At a little after 4 p.m., fans have started to filter into Devon Park.
  • Some members of the Alabama team team have arrived at the stadium.
  • At 3:40, the grounds crew has removed the tarp and is working on the field.
  • The game will now be on ESPN2.
  • The new start time is 5:06 p.m. with gates opening at the stadium for fans at 4 p.m.
  • "Lightning in the area. Please seek shelter in a safe location on the main concourse," sign is now showing up in the stadium around 12:30 p.m.
  • The tarp went on the field around 12:15 p.m., and with a storm looming on the radar, this game will not start on time. Still waiting on the officiall announcement from the NCAA.

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Katie Windham


Katie Windham is the assistant editor for BamaCentral, primarily covering football, basketball gymnastics and softball. She is a two-time graduate of the University of Alabama and has covered a variety of Crimson Tide athletics since 2019 for outlets like The Tuscaloosa News, The Crimson White and the Associated Press before joining BamaCentral full time in 2021. Windham has covered College Football Playoff games, the Women's College World Series, NCAA March Madness, SEC Tournaments and championships in multiple sports.