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Sunday March 12, 2006Softball Shuts Out Two Opponents in Final Day of Stetson Tournament

DeLand, FL

The Florida softball team (20-10) recorded two shut outs in the final day of the Stetson Tournament in DeLand, Fla. on Sunday. The Gators tallied seven hits and used three Cyclone errors for the 5-0 win over Iowa State and used five hits, while limiting Canisius to just one in a 2-0 win over the Griffins.


Florida broke the Iowa State game open in the top of the third. Freshman Brooke Johnson (Lakeland, Fla.) was hit by a pitch to lead off the inning. She moved to second on a sacrifice bunt by senior Stacie Pestrak (Gainesville, Fla.). Freshman Kim Waleszonia (Fontana, Calif.) knocked a base hit through the right side and stole second to put to runners in scoring position for senior Lindsey Cameron (Palm Beach Gardens, Fla.).  It wouldn’t matter where the runners were though, as Cameron grabbed an Amie Ford offering that just kept going right over the fence in right center for Cameron’s seventh home run of the season to put the Gators up 3-0.


The Gators added two more runs in the top of the fourth. Junior Lauren Roussell (Cerritos, Calif.) drew a base on balls to start the inning. Freshman Alicia Spack (West Lafayette, Ind.) came in to pinch run for Roussell at first. Junior Lacy Howard (League, City, Texas) was safe on an error by the Cyclone catcher on an attempted sacrifice and Spack moved to third on the play. Howard stole second and a second error by the Cyclone catcher allowed Spack to score from third for the fourth Gator run of the game. Howard advanced to third on a Johnson fly out to center. Senior Mirelis Torres (Tampa, Fla.) ripped a shot down the left field line to score Howard and give the Gators the 5-0 lead.


Junior Stacey Stevens (Gainesville, Fla.) allowed only three hits and struck out four in the win. With the shutout her record improves to 8-2 on the year. Ford took the loss for Iowa State to move to 6-4 on the season.


Against Canisius, Spack got the Gators started with a base hit to centerfield in the bottom of the third. Pestrak followed with a triple to right to score Spack and give the Gators a 1-0 lead. An RBI base hit back at the pitcher with two outs by Cameron, gave the Gators a 2-0 lead.


Those two runs would be all the Gators would need as freshman pitcher Lindsay Littlejohn (Bartow, Fla.) pitched the one-hit shut out for the win to improve her record to 6-4.


The Gators have the week off before traveling to Oxford, Miss. for a three-game conference series with Ole Miss on Saturday and Sunday. The first game of the series is set for 4 p.m. ET on Saturday.



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