South Alabama rebounded from a crushing defeat to secure a 5-1 victory over Florida Gulf Coast, advancing to Sunday's regional final in the Gainesville Regional. Despite weather delays and an initial loss to Florida, the Jaguars demonstrated resilience behind stellar performances from Sasha Willems and Olivia Lackie.

By the Numbers
  • South Alabama's record now stands at 34-19-1.
  • Olivia Lackie threw a complete game, allowing one run on seven hits, with five strikeouts.
  • Sasha Willems hit two home runs and drove in three runs, going 2-for-3 at the plate.
Yes, But

Despite their bounce-back win, South Alabama faces a daunting challenge ahead: beating top-seeded Florida twice on Sunday to advance further. Their earlier defeat to Florida showcased the Gators' powerful offense and solid pitching depth.

State of Play
  • South Alabama lost 9-1 to Florida in a weather-delayed game, pushing them to the brink of elimination.
  • After regrouping, they managed to defeat Florida Gulf Coast, securing their spot in Sunday's final.
What's Next

South Alabama must win twice against Florida on Sunday to advance past the Gainesville Regional. Key players like Willems and Lackie will need to continue their high performances to overcome the top-seeded Gators.

Bottom Line

Perseverance and key contributions from top players have given South Alabama another shot at Florida, but they must triumph twice against a formidable opponent to keep their season alive.