The Florida softball team
(18-10) lost its first game of the season to an instate foe Saturday night in
the Stetson Tournament, as they fell to the host Hatters (16-3), 2-0. The
Gators out hit the home team by one, but three of Stetson’s four hits came in the
sixth inning for the win.
Florida freshman pitcher Stacey
Nelson (Los Alamitos,
Calif.) and the Florida defense retired 10 straight Stetson
batters before walking Sherrel Fountain in the top of
the fourth. The walk wouldn’t do any damage though as the Gators took care of
the next two Hatters to end the inning.
broke open the scoring in the sixth. Nicole Forbes opened the frame with a base
hit to right. A Fountain base hit through the right side put runners at first
and second with only one out in the inning. Melissa Wiggins flew out to left
for the second out, but Andrea Migliori would knock
the third Hatter hit of the inning to left center and score both runners for
the 2-0 Stetson lead.
Florida had a hit in every inning except the fourth, when junior Lacy Howard (League City, Texas)
reached on an error, and the seventh, but was not able to push a run across.
The Gators left six runners on in the loss. Five different Gators recorded Florida’s five hits, freshman Kim Waleszonia (Fontana,
Calif.), sophomore Mary Ratliff (Lexington, Ky.) junior Lauren
Calif.) and seniors Lindsey Cameron (Palm Beach Gardens,
Fla.) and Stacie Pestrak
the loss for Florida
to move her record to 6-4. Stetson pitcher Erica Demers remained undefeated
with an 11-0 record.
Freshman Brooke Johnson (Lakeland, Fla.)
recorded a career-high seven assists in the game defensively.
continue tournament play in DeLand on Sunday. Florida will take on IowaState
at 10 a.m. and then face Canisius in its final game
of the tournament at 3 p.m.