The No. 23
Florida softball team (33-18, 12-9 SEC) and the No. 9 Georgia Bulldogs (41-9,
21-3 SEC) tallied 35 hits and 29 runs in a Saturday afternoon doubleheader at
the Florida Softball Stadium. Despite some strong Gator hitting, the home team fell
in both games, 8-3 and 12-6 in eight innings.
started game two right as the sat down the Bulldogs in
order in the top of the first with some great defensive plays by freshman third
baseman Brooke Johnson (Lakeland, Fla.) and
junior first baseman Melissa Zick (Tampa,
Fla.). Then the Gator bats took
care of business in the bottom of the inning. Freshman Kim Waleszonia (Fontana, Calif.)
led off with a base hit through the left side. She stole second to put herself
in scoring for senior Lindsey Cameron
(Palm Beach Gardens, Fla.). Cameron knocked a base hit to left
field to score Waleszonia for the 1-0 Gator lead.
With one out, Zick reached on an error by the Bulldog
pitcher, leaving runners on first and third. Zick
stole second to put two runners in scoring position for junior Lauren Roussell
(Cerritos, Calif.). Roussell
took a full count offering from Georgia
pitcher Jessica Doucette over the fence right inside the left foul pole to give
the Gators a 4-0 lift. The homer was Roussell’s third
of the season.
off the Gator half of the third with a walk. With one out, she scored on a
junior Lacy Howard (League
City, Texas) base hit to shallow
center for the 5-0 Florida
Georgia scored its first runs of game two
in the top of the fifth. Doucette led off the inning with a base hit to left,
the first Bulldog hit of the game. Ashley Godfrey drew a walk from Florida junior pitcher Stacey Stevens (Gainesville,
Fla.). Both runners advanced on a Allison Horne sacrifice for the first out of the inning. A
base hit by Kasi Carroll brought in both runners to
lead to three runs at 5-2. A base hit by Sojourner Moody and a hit by pitch to
Kellie Middleton loaded the bases. A fielder’s choice play which found all
runners safe allowed Carroll to score the third Georgia run. A Chelsea Cantillo base hit brought in Moody to bring Georgia
within on run at 5-4.
Florida went up by two again in the bottom
of the fifth. Roussell reached on a fielder’s choice
that resulted in the second out of the inning, but scored from first on a
double by Howard to make the score 6-4.
Georgia loaded the bases with two outs in
the top of the seventh. A two RBI base hit by Doucette tied the game at six.
off the Gator half of the seventh with a base hit to left center. Senior Kristen Butler (Orlando, Fla.)
followed with a walk. Georgia
called ace Carroll up from the bull pen to replace starter Doucette in the
circle to try to stop the Gator rally. Freshman Alicia Spack (West
Lafayette, Ind.) came in to pinch
run for Butler.
Both Gator runners advanced on a passed ball on a dropped third strike to Zick. Carroll intentionally walked Roussell
to load the bases, but the Gators were not able to push the run across, sending
the game into extra innings.
Bulldogs scored six runs on five hits, including two home runs in the top of
got a runner to third in the bottom of the inning, on a base hit by sophomore Mary Ratliff (Mt.
Sterling, Ky.), a Georgia
error and a fielder’s choice, but it was not enough as no run was able to cross
the plate and the game ended in a 12-6 extra-inning win for the Bulldogs.
went the complete game in the circle for Florida
to move her record to 15-5 on the year. She pitched 16.1 of the Gators 22
innings on the weekend. Kasi Carroll earned her third
win of the weekend to improve her record to 19-3.
Howard were both 2-for-4 for the game. Cameron scored a run and drove in a run,
while Howard drove in two runs. Zick and Roussell each scored two runs for Florida in game two.
being only out hit by two, a big Georgia seventh inning led to a 8-3 loss for the Gators in game one.
scored first in the bottom of the opening frame of game one. Waleszonia reached on a bunt single to lead off the inning.
She came around to score on a two-run home run by Butler. The home run over the left
centerfield fence was Butler’s 14th of the
season and brought her within one of tying the Florida record for season home runs.
Georgia answered with a lead off home run
by Jessica McAllister in the top of the second to make the score 2-1 in favor
of the Gators.
Bulldogs loaded the bases with only one out in the top of the fourth on a hit,
a walk and a Gator error, but the Gator defense took care of business to get
the final two outs. Florida
pitcher Stevens got the final out of the inning, sitting down Becky Mohl on strikes.
Florida added a third run in the bottom of
the fifth. Senior Lindsay Norfleet (Madison,
Fla.) drew a lead off walk. With
two outs in the inning, Waleszonia poked a base hit
to right center. The Bulldog right fielder mishandled the ball, allowing Norfleet to score from first for a 3-1 Gator lead.
Georgia tied the game on a two-run home run
to centerfield by Ashley Godfrey.
Bulldogs went up 8-3 on four one-out hits in the top of the seventh.
Freshman Stacey Nelson (Los Alamitos, Calif.)
came into relieve starter Stevens in the sixth to take the loss, evening her
record at 9-9 on the year. Stevens struck out five in the first five innings,
giving up only three hits and one run. Kasi Carroll
came in to relieve Georgia
starter Katie Griffith in the fifth to earn the win, improving her record to
Howard tied her career high with five putouts in game one. Waleszonia
finished the game 2-for-4 with a run scored. Butler was 1-for-2 with a run, two RBI, a
walk and a home run.
will travel to Orlando
on Wednesday for a 6 p.m. game with UCF. The game will be broadcast live on
GatorZone.com via yahoo.com.