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Saturday March 18, 2006Softball Sweeps Ole Miss 9-0 and 10-2

Oxford, MS

The Florida softball team (22-10, 2-3 SEC) picked up its first Southeastern Conference doubleheader sweep Saturday in Oxford, Miss as they defeated Ole Miss with two eight-run rule games. Florida scored nine runs on four hits for a 9-0 win in game one and used 13 hits for a 10-2 win in game two.

 

The Gators scored first in the top of the second in game one. Junior Melissa Zick (Tampa, Fla.) led off the inning with a base hit through the left side. She advanced to second on a junior Lauren Roussell (Cerritos, Calif.) sacrifice. A ground out to third by junior Lacy Howard (League City, Texas) moved Zick to third for junior Shelley Stevens (Gainesville, Fla.). Stevens dribbled a base hit through the right side to score Zick for the 1-0 Gator lead.

 

Three walks and a hit by pitch in the top of the fourth brought in the second Gator run of the game. Seniors Lindsey Cameron (Palm Beach Garden, Fla.) and Kristen Butler (Orlando, Fla.) drew back-to-back walks to start the inning. Zick was hit by a Dana Brill pitch to load the bases. A base on balls to Roussell scored Cameron for the two run Gator lead.

 

Butler hit her Southeastern Conference leading 10th home run of the year with two outs and freshman Kim Waleszonia (Fontana, Calif.) on first in the top of the fifth to give the Gators the 4-0 lead.

 

Florida added five runs on only one hit in the top of the sixth. Howard and Stevens drew back-to-back walks with one out in the top of the sixth. An error by the Rebel shortstop on freshman Brooke Johnsonís (Lakeland, Fla.) at bat scored Howard and left runners at second and third for senior Stacie Pestrak (Gainesville, Fla.). Pestrak continued her career-high five-game hit streak with a two-RBI base hit to center field for the 7-0 Florida lead. Florida would not stop there though as Waleszonia and Butler drew walks to load the bases with two outs. A second error by the Rebel shortstop allowed two more Gators to score for the nine-run Florida lead. That would be all the Gators would need as they did not allow a Rebel run in the sixth to win by the eight-run rule.

 

Freshman Stacey Nelson (Los Alamitos, Calif.) scattered seven Ole Miss hits and gave up only one walk to earn her second shutout of the year. Her record now improves to 7-4 on the year. Brill took the loss for Ole Miss to move her record to 5-6.

 

A Cameron two-run homer in the top of the first got the Gators started early in game two. Waleszonia led off the inning with a bunt single and Cameron followed with her eighth home run of the year for the 2-0 Florida lead. The Gators loaded the bases in the inning, but were not able to put another run across.

 

Ole Miss got its leadoff runner on in the bottom of the first, but heads up defense by the Gators prevented a runner from getting to second. Zick threw out the lead runner at second on an attempted sacrifice by Rebecca McIntire. Lisa Conchos popped up to Roussell at short for the second out of the inning. McIntire found herself caught just a bit too far off first as Butler threw down to Zick for the pickoff to end the inning.

 

The Gators added five runs in the top of the second. Pestrak was hit by a pitch to lead off the inning. Following an out, Cameron hit a RBI double to score Pestrak. Butler followed with a base hit up the middle. Freshman Alicia Spack (West Lafayette, Ind.) came in to pinch run for Butler and stole second. A Zick base hit to right field scored Cameron for the 4-0 Gator lead. Roussell cleared the bases with a triple to the right field wall to put Florida ahead by six runs. A Howard infield single scored Roussell for the final run of the inning.

 

Florida needed to add at least one more run to its tally for another run rule game. The team took care of that as they added two more runs in the top of the third. Pestrak reached on an error to lead off the inning. She advanced to second on a Cameron ground out, the second out the of the inning. A Butler base hit to right scored Pestrak. Butler was able to move all the way to third as the Rebels tried to throw Pestrak out at the plate. Zick doubled to right to score Butler and put the Gators up 9-0.

 

Florida added an insurance run in the top of the fourth as Pestrak hit her first home run as a Gator over the fence right inside the left foul pole.

 

The Gators would need that insurance run as Ole Miss put up two runs in the bottom of the fourth. The Rebels scored two runs on four hits and a Gator error to make the score 10-2.

 

Neither team would put a run across in the fifth, ending the game by the eight-run rule with the Gators leading 10-2.

 

Junior Stacey Stevens pitched the complete game to improve her record to 9-2 on the year. Mary Jane Callahan pitched 2.2 innings in the loss for Ole Miss, surrendering 10 hits to the Gators. Brill came in in relief of Callahan and gave up three more hits and the 10th Gator run.

 

The two teams hope to play the third game of the series Sunday at 2 p.m. ET. However, heavy rain is expected in the Oxford area most of the day. Stay tuned to GatorZone.com for the latest updates.

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