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Kim Waleszonia finished the final Auburn game with a 3-for-4 performance at the plate.

Wednesday March 29, 2006Softball Wins Series Over Auburn With a 5-0 Shutout

Gainesville, FL

Kim Waleszonia finished the final Auburn game with a 3-for-4 performance at the plate.

The Florida softball team (28-12, 7-5 SEC) sealed the series against the Auburn Tigers (23-10, 6-6 SEC) with a 5-0 shut out at the Florida Softball Stadium on Wednesday afternoon. The Gators used four runs in the bottom of the fourth on at two-hit inning that saw freshman Kim Waleszonia (Fontana, Calif.) notch her second career triple. Junior Stacey Stevens (Gainesville, Fla.) earned the complete-game win, giving up just three hits on the day.

 

The Gators grabbed a 1-0 lead in their half of the third inning when Waleszonia came home on an RBI by senior Kristen Butler (Orlando, Fla.). To start the inning, Waleszonia notched her third double of the season with a hit to left field. Butler nailed her hit down the left-field line to bring Waleszonia home and give the Gators the edge.

 

Florida boosted its lead to 5-0 in the bottom of the fourth on an offensive spurt that started with Waleszonia’s triple that brought junior Shelley Stevens (Gainesville, Fla.) and freshman Brooke Johnson (Lakeland, Fla.) across the plate. Designated player Mary Ratliff (Mt. Sterling, Ky.) began the inning by reaching first base on an error. Stevens came in as a pinch runner and moved to second after Johnson was hit by a pitch. Senior Stacie Pestrak (Gainesville, Fla.) then moved the runners to second and third on a sacrifice hit to the pitcher, and Waleszonia followed with the second triple of her career, increasing her RBI count to 14 for the year. The Tigers brought in Beth DiPietro to relieve Holly Currie in the circle. DiPietro sent Roussell to first on a walk. Freshman Alicia Spack (West Lafayette, Ind.) replaced Roussell at first as a pinch runner, stealing second base to place runners on second and third again. Continuing the momentum, Butler smacked a single to right field to knock in Waleszonia, and senior Lindsey Cameron (Palm Beach Gardens, Fla.) hit a sacrifice fly to center to allow Spack to cap off the inning’s scoring.

 

Waleszonia finished the day 3-for-4 with two RBI and two runs scored for the Gators. Butler went 2-for-3 with two RBI.

 

Stevens struck out five in her second shut out of the season to improve her record to 11-2. Currie took the loss for Auburn to make her record 13-5.

 

The Gators return to Southeastern Conference action April 1 when they take on the Mississippi State Bulldogs in Starkville, Miss. in a 2 p.m. ET doubleheader.

 

 

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