Freshman Kim Waleszonia (Fontana,
Calif.) led Florida
with a 4-for-4, three RBI performance while senior Stacie Pestrak (Gainesville, Fla.)
extended her team-leading hit streak to eight games as the Gator Softball team
(24-10) defeated Jacksonville (16-22), 5-0 at the Florida Softball Stadium on
Tuesday night. The Gators had 10 hits on the night, none of them being for
extra bases, and three players had multiple hit performances.
scored four runs with two outs in the Gator half of the second. Junior Lauren Roussell (Cerritos, Calif.)
drew the lead off walk to start the inning. Fellow junior Lacy Howard (League City,
Texas) followed with a base hit.
Senior Lindsay Norfleet (Madison, Fla.)
reached base on an error by the Dolphin third baseman to load the bases. The Jacksonville defense
retired the next two Gator batters, but Waleszonia was not going to let the
inning end there. Waleszonia knocked a base hit into center to score Roussell
and Howard and give the Gators a 2-0 lead. Senior Lindsey Cameron (Palm
Beach Gardens, Fla.)
added a RBI base hit through the left side to score Norfleet. Senior Kristen Butler (Orlando, Fla.)
knocked in the final Gator run of the inning with a base hit to center to score
Waleszonia for the four-run Gator lead.
out in the bottom of the fourth, Pestrak reached on a bunt single to the
catcher. She stole second and third to move into scoring position for
Waleszonia. Waleszonia drove Pestrak home with a base hit through the right
side to put Florida
Gator pitchers saw action in the game. They allowed only four Jacksonville runners on as each of the first
three pitchers gave up a hit and one gave up a walk. Freshman Stacey Nelson (Los Alamitos, Calif.)
started the game for Florida
and pitched two innings. Junior Stacey
Stevens (Gainesville, Fla.) came in to start the third and pitched
three innings, striking out four batters and walking none to earn her 10th win
of the season. Freshman Lindsay Littlejohn (Bartow,
Fla.) pitched 1.1 innings and sophomore Lisa Hasson
pitched the final two outs of the game. Shannon Jensen pitched the complete
game loss for Jacksonville.
to league play this weekend as the Gators host their first home Southeastern
Conference series of the year. Saturday’s doubleheader with the Arkansas Lady
Backs begins at 1 p.m. The first 1,000 fans will receive a free water bottle courtesy
of Gatorade. There will be a bounce house set up for kids before the first game
and between the two games.