With the loss to the Longhorns, UF ends the 2013 season with a 58-9 overall record. The Gators made their fifth trip to th College World Series in the past six seasons, won the SEC regular season and tournament titles and posted the fifth 50-win season in UF softball history.
Freshman Taylore Fuller delivered the Gators' sole hit of the game against Texas in the fourth inning against the Longhorns. Texas ace Blaire Luna frustrated the Gators, turning in seven strong innings.
Florida's Hannah Rogers also pitched a complete game but Texas' Kim Bruins hit a three-run homer in the third that sealed the win for the Longhorns.
It took a remarkable effort to earn a showdown with Texas Sunday.
Florida's elimination game with Nebraska spanned 15 innings Friday night, with the Gators finally pulling away for a 9-8 win. The teams used two pitchers apiece, with the four players combining for a total 534 pitches.
Nebraska jumped out to a 2-0 lead, but UF scored six runs in the fifth inning to take what seemed like a comfortable 6-2 lead. Nebraska responded by tacking on a run in the fifth and another three runs in the bottom of the sixth.
The teams were tied 6-6 and matched each other as the contest stretched into extra innings.
Brianna Little hit a homer for the Gators in the 10th inning, but Nebraska's Taylor Edwards added a home run in the 10th to make the score 7-7.
The teams remained scoreless for the next four innings.
In the 15th inning, UF's Taylore Fuller hit grounder past Nebraska shortstop Alicia Armstrong and into center field. The play allowed two Gators to score what would become the game-winning runs.
The Cornhuskers scored one run in the bottom of the 15th inning but could not tie the marathon game.
“It was one of the most exciting games I think I've ever coached,” Florida coach Tim Walton said. “And I’m really proud of our team and the way they handled.”
In the end, though, Florida's cold bats sent the team home. The Gators batted .099 and had 33 strikeouts in their two losses.