Florida senior Kristen
Butler (Orlando, Fla.) hit her 16th home run of the season to
set the new school record for single season home runs and lead her team to a 5-3
come-from-behind victory over Kentucky (21-28, 4-20 SEC). The No. 24 Florida
Softball team improves to 36-19 on the season and 14-10 in Southeastern
Conference play. With the win, the Gators took the series two games to one.
Kentucky scored first in the top of the
first inning. With one out, Megan Miller started the Wildcat offense with a base
hit. She advanced to second on a wild pitch and to third on a two out hit by Katie
Campbell. An Ashley Fertic base hit scored Miller and
in on a Brooke Marnitz single. Fertic
scored on a wild pitch to put the Wildcats in the lead 3-0.
Florida took over the lead in the bottom
half of the third. Senior Stacie Pestrak (Gainesville, Fla.) and freshman Kim
Calif.) reached base on
back-to-back bunt singles. Pestrak came home on a
senior Lindsey Cameron (Palm Beach Gardens, Fla.)
base hit that hugged the left field line. Butler
put the Gators ahead by one run at 4-3 with a three-run homer that hit the
scoreboard to set the school record.
added a run in the bottom of the fourth. Senior Lindsay Norfleet (Madison, Fla.)
was hit by an Amy Kendall pitch to lead off the inning. Junior Shelley Stevens (Gainesville, Fla.)
came in to pinch run for Norfleet at first and stole
second. She scored on a Waleszonia base hit to right
to give the Gators the 5-3 lead.
provided a spark for the Gators both offensively and defensively. She finished
the day 1-for-3 with her two-strike bunt single that started the Gator rally.
She also made some spectacular defensive plays at both second base and short
stop, recording five put outs and two assists on the day. Waleszonia
finished the day 2-for-2 with a RBI, a run scored and a stolen base.
pitcher Stacey Nelson came in to
replace junior starter Stacey Stevens
(Gainesville, Fla.) with one out in the third inning.
Nelson gave up only two hits and struck out three Wildcat batters in the
remaining 4.2 innings to earn the win and improve her record to 11-10 on the
season. Kentucky starter Jessica Trueblood took the loss for Kentucky to move her record to 8-15 on the
Florida returns to action at the Florida
Softball Stadium on Wednesday. The Gators will face off in a midweek
doubleheader with the Bethune-Cookman Wildcats
beginning at 4 p.m. It is Lindsey Cameron Day and the first 250 fans will
receive a free T-shirt featuring Lindsey’s No. 2.