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.
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
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.
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
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 Johnson’s (Lakeland,
Fla.) at bat scored Howard and left runners at
second and third for senior Stacie Pestrak (Gainesville,
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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.