19/20 Florida Softball team swept a double header at No. 24 South Florida (3-4) to improve its
record to 6-1 on the season. The Gators won the first game 2-1 and took the
second 4-1, with three of the four runs coming in the top of the seventh.
Gators started the first game right, scoring two runs on three hits and a South Florida error in the top of the first. With one
out, senior Lauren Roussell
(Cerritos, Calif.) got the Gator bats going with a base
hit to the Bulls’ short stop. Freshman Francesca
followed with a base hit through the left side. Senior Melissa Zick (Tampa, Fla.)
loaded the bases as she reached on an error by Bulls third basemen. A RBI
fielder’s choice play to short by junior Mary
Ratliff (Mt. Sterling, Ky.) scored Roussell,
but put Zick out at second. Sophomore Ali Gardiner (Waccabuc, N.Y.)
knocked in Enea with a base hit through the left side
for the 2-0 Gator lead.
South Florida attempted to close the gap in the bottom of the
third. With two outs and Tara Toscano on second,
Danielle Urbanik hit a ball to left field. Toscano rounded third and headed for home, but sophomore
left fielder Brooke Johnson (Lakeland, Fla.)
fired a strike to Enea at home to preserve the Gator
did come back in the bottom of the seventh as Ashley Bullion scored on a Britta Giddens double to make the
score 2-1, but they were not able to push another run across.
Senior Stacey Stevens (Gainesville, Fla.)
earned the win in the pitching circle. She struck out five to improve her
record to 2-1 on the season. Cristi Ecks took the loss to move her record to 2-1.
Gators took an early 1-0 lead in the top of the second of game two. Zick drew the leadoff walk. She advanced to second on a
ground out to short from Ratliff. Gardiner drove Zick
home with a base hit to center.
tied the game in the bottom of the fourth. With two outs, three straight base
hits scored Courtney Mosch.
Gators pulled ahead in the seventh as Gardiner knocked her first Gator home run
over the left field fence to lead off the top of the inning. With one out,
senior Lacy Howard (League City, Texas)
continued the inning with a double to center. Sophomore Kim Waleszonia (Fontana, Calif.)
hit a two-out double down the left field line to score Howard. A base hit to
shallow center by freshman Corrie Brooks
scored Waleszonia for the three-run Gator lead at
Stacey Nelson (Los Alamitos, Calif.)
improved her record to 4-0 on the year as she struck out six Bulls’ batters,
while walking none. Kristen Gordon pitched the middle 4.0 innings for South Florida and was credited with the loss, her first
of the season.
had an excellent day at the plate, going 4-for-6 with three RBI, a run scored
and a home run. Waleszonia did not have a hit in the
first game, but went 3-for-4 in game two with a run scored and a RBI. Sophomore
went 2-for-4 in the two games.
Florida plays its home opener Friday at 4
p.m. against Fordham in the Gators first game of the Cox Communications
Classic. UT-Chattanooga, Fordham, Marshall, NC State and Florida
will play tournament games at 9 a.m., 11:15 a.m., 1:30 p.m., 4 p.m. and 6:15
p.m. on Friday and Saturday and 9 a.m., 11:15 a.m. and 1:30 p.m. on Sunday.
Admission to all Florida Softball home games is free.