Florida Softball team (3-1) dropped its first game of the season in a
nine-inning breath taker,4-3 to Wisconsin
(3-0) in the second game of game two at the Kajikawa
Classic in Tempe, Ariz.
As in the
first game of the day versus Arizona,
the meeting with the Badgers came down to the bottom of extra innings, only
this time it was the ninth inning, and this time the Gators were on the losing
With Florida ahead 3-2 in the bottom
of the ninth, Wisconsin’s
Joey Daniels was placed on second due to international tie breaker rules. With
two outs, Valyncia Raphael knocked a double to right
center to tie the game at 3-3. Theresa Boruta came in
to pinch hit for Katie Soderberg and drove a single
to left field to score Raphael to win the game for the Badgers 4-3.
Wisconsin opened the scoring in the top of
the first with a solo home run by Katie Hnatyk.
Florida answered in the second. Senior Lacy Howard (League City, Texas)
drew a one-out walk from Badger pitcher Eden Brock. Sophomore Kristina Hilberth
was safe on a Wisconsin error on a sacrifice
bunt, allowing Howard to advance all the way to third. Freshman Corrie Brooks (Christmas, Fla.) hit a bunt single back at the pitcher
to load the bases. Sophomore Brooke Johnson (Lakeland, Fla.)
reached on a fielder’s choice as Howard was thrown out at the plate for the
second out of the inning. Sophomore Kim Waleszonia (Fontana,
Calif.) knocked a RBI base hit
through the left side gap to score Hilberth and tie
the game at 1-1.
stayed knotted through regulation and headed into extra innings. Florida struck first in
the top of the eighth. Freshman Francesca
Hills, Fla.) started
the inning at second. She moved to third on a sacrifice bunt by senior Melissa Zick
With one out, junior Mary Ratliff (Mt.
Sterling, Ky.) pinch
hit for Howard and a drove a double to left center to score Enea
to give the Gators the 2-1 lift.
Badgers started the eighth with Soderberg on second.
Athena Vasquez advanced her with a sacrifice bunt. Hnatyk
drove a two out base hit to second to tie the game.
Florida went up by a run again in the
ninth. Hilberth started at second and advanced to
third on a passed ball. She scored on a sacrifice fly by Brooks to go up 3-2.
Waleszonia led the Gator offense with a 3-for-5 performance. Hilberth
went 1-for-3 with a sacrifice and scored two of the Gators three runs. Hilberth also had a good performance behind the plate as
she recorded nine putouts and an assist, including throwing out the only runner
attempting to steal on her.
Senior Stacey Stevens (Gainesville, Fla.)
pitched the complete 8.2 innings in the loss, moving her record to 1-1 on the
season. She struck out five and only walked one. Leah Vanevenhoven
came in the game to retire the final two Gator batters and earned the win to
move to 3-0 on the season.
Gators wrap up Kajikawa Classic play on Sunday with
one game against New Mexico
at 1 p.m. ET. The game will air live on www.GatorZone.com