The Florida softball team (23-10, 3-3 SEC) finished the
series sweep of Ole Miss Sunday in Oxford,
Miss. The Gators tallied 14 hits in the game, paced by a 3-for-4 performance
with two doubles and three runs batted in from senior Kristen Butler (Orlando,
Freshman Kim Waleszonia
led off the game for the Gators with a walk from Ole Miss pitcher Dana Brill.
She moved to second on an infield base hit by senior Lindsey Cameron (Palm
Beach Gardens, Fla.).
Senior Kristen Butler (Orlando, Fla.)
moved both runners into scoring position with a sacrifice, her team leading
fifth of the season. All it took for the Gators first run was a RBI ground out
to short by junior Melissa Zick (Tampa,
Fla.), allowing Waleszonia to score from third. Junior Lauren Roussell (Cerritos, Calif.)
drew a two out walk on a full count to keep the Gators alive. Junior Lacy Howard (League City, Texas)
legged out an infield hit for an RBI to score Cameron for a 2-0 Gator lead.
Freshman Kristina Hilberth
reached on an error by the Rebel third baseman, allowing Roussell
to score from second and put Florida
ahead by three runs.
led off the top of the third with a base hit to centerfield. Freshman Alicia Spack (West
Lafayette, Ind.) came
in to pinch run for Roussell. She wouldn’t be out
there long though as Howard took an 0-2 count deep to
left center for a double to score Spack from first
for the 4-0 Gator lead.
Callahan came in to replace Brill in the pitching circle for Ole Miss in the top
of the fourth. It wouldn’t hold up the Gators though as Florida added another run in the inning.
With one out, Cameron walked. She stole second to move into scoring position. Butler dropped a double right inside the right field fence
to score Cameron to put Florida
in the lead by five runs.
Florida freshman pitcher Lindsay
Littlejohn (Bartow, Fla.) did not give up a hit until the bottom
of the fourth. Lisa Conchos grabbed a Littlejohn
offering for a double to right field with one out in the inning. Lauren Rowe
added a second hit that was just over the reach of Florida’s 6-1 shortstop Roussell
for a base hit to shallow left putting runners at the corners for the Rebels. A
fielder’s choice play would get a runner at second for the second out of the
inning for the Gators, but still left runners on the corners. Brittany Warner
legged out an infield base hit to short for a RBI to narrow Florida’s lead to four runs at 5-1.
knocked a double to left center with one out in the top of the sixth to start a
Gator rally. A bloop single by Roussell
moved Zick to third. Zick
came around to score on a fielder’s choice on Howard’s at bat, the found Roussell out at second, but putting the Gators up by five
runs again at 6-1.
Senior Stacie Pestrak
(Gainesville, Fla.) helped the Gators in the top of the
seventh as she led off the inning reaching base on an error by the Rebel first
baseman. Waleszonia showed her speed as she beat out
the throw on a bunt single between the pitcher and the first base line. With
one out, Butler
knocled her second double of the day to the wall in
left center to score both runners and put the Gators up 8-1.
struck out seven Rebel batters, including catching three looking, in the win.
Her record improves to 7-4 on the season. Brill took the loss for the Rebels to
move her record to 5-7.
return home for the first time in 17 days as they face Jacksonville in a doubleheader at the Florida
Softball Stadium beginning at 4 p.m. on Wednesday. The first 250 fans at the
game will receive a coupon for a post-game meal with the team.