of Florida Softball team
improved to 8-1 on the season with two wins in the first day of the Cox
Communications Classic. Florida
defeated Fordham 5-3 in their 2007 home opener and followed with a 5-1 victory
first run at the Florida Softball Field for the 2007 season. In the top of the
third in the Fordham game, she reached base on an infield base hit. She
advanced to second on a ground out by sophomore Kristina Hilberth (Dunedin, Fla.).
Sophomore Ali Gardiner (Waccabuc, N.Y.) knocked the ball to center to score Waleszonia for the 1-0 Gator lead.
answered with a two-out solo home run from Erin Fisher in the bottom of the
fourth to tie the game at one run a piece.
Gators pushed two runs across in the top of the fifth. With one out, Waleszonia drove a base hit through the left side. She
advanced to second on a Hilberth ground out back at
the Rams’ pitcher. Senior Melissa Zick (Tampa,
Fla.) grabbed a hit up the middle
to score Waleszonia, then
advanced to second on the throw. A Gardiner double scored Zick
to put Florida
Florida tacked on two additional runs in
the following inning. Senior Lacy Howard
(League City, Texas)
earned a one-out walk and advanced to second on a sacrifice by freshman Corrie Brooks (Christmas, Fla.). Howard moved to third on a passed
ball by Fordham catcher Allison Storc. Pinch hitter Savana Kelly (Ft. Lauderdale, Fla.)
drew a walk to put Florida
runners at the corners. Sophomore Brooke
Fla.) reentered the game to run
for Kelly and immediately stole second. A Waleszonia
base hit gave Florida
a 4-1 lead as Howard crossed the plate. Johnson advanced to third on the hit
and was able to scored Florida’s
fifth run on an error by the Rams’ first baseman.
added two runs in the bottom half of the inning on a double by Erin Fisher, who
finished the game 3-for-3 with all three of her team’s RBI.
Senior Stacey Stevens (Gainesville, Fla.)
pitched the complete game for the Gators to move her record to 3-1 on the year.
Only two of the three runs she gave up were earned. She struck out five batters
and walked only one. She is now only 24 strikeouts away from setting the school
career strikeouts record. Nicole Ayers took the loss for Fordham, her first of
Gators scored their runs more unconventionally in game two against
lead 4-0 going into the fifth inning, but had only one
hit in the game.
straight walks to seniors Lauren Roussell (Cerritos,
Calif.) and Howard to start the
bottom of the second inning got the Gators off to a great start. Both runners
moved into scoring position on a Brooks ground out. Roussell
scored on a wild pitch from Mocs pitcher Heather
Woods. Johnson reached on a fielder’s choice and advanced to second on the
throw as Howard got caught in a run down between third and home as was
eventually tagged out for the second out of the inning. Waleszonia
made sure Johnson scored though as she dropped a double into center field for
her fourth hit of the night and the 2-0 lead.
led off the third reaching base and advancing to second on a two-base error by Mocs’ first baseman Alyssa Edwards. Zick
drew a walk. Both runners moved into scoring position on a passed ball. Gardiner
walked to load the bases. A third consecutive walk,
this time to Roussell, scored Hilberth.
made a pitching change and Ashley Frizzell came to
the circle, replacing Woods. Howard took a 3-1 offering from Frizzell to deep center for the sacrifice fly to score Zick for the 4-0 lead.
Gators added another run and three more hits in the bottom of the fifth, as
Zick scored on a Howard base hit through the left side.
Chattanooga snuck a run across in the top of
the seventh on a hit and a Gator error, ending the game at 5-1 in favor of the
Stacey Nelson (Los Alamitos, Calif.)
earned the win, improving to a perfect 5-0 record in the circle. She struck out
eight batters and did not give up an earned run. Woods took the loss for Chattanooga, her first of
Waleszonia paced the Gators with a 4-for-7 performance on the day with two runs
scored, two RBI and a double. Zick went 2-for-6, but
scored three runs, drove a run in and was walked twice. Howard was 1-for-3 with
a run scored and two RBI in the two games. She was walked twice and had a
first game of the day Marshall
defeated No. 24 North Carolina State 6-5. State rebounded with a 9-1, 5-inning
victory over Fordham. Chattanooga earned its
first win of the season, 6-5 over Marshall.
the only undefeated team in the tournament after day one, while Fordham is the
only winless team. NC State, Chattanooga and Marshall are each tied at
Communications Classic play continues on Saturday. Marshall and Fordham open
day two at 9 a.m., followed by Fordham and UTC at 11:15 a.m. North Carolina
State and Florida face off at 1:30 p.m., the Florida and Marshall will play at
4 p.m. The round robin portion of the tournament wraps up Saturday evening at
6:15 p.m. with Chattanooga
and NC State. Sunday will be the championship portion of the tournament. Games
will be determined Friday evening based on the record in the first two days of
the Florida Softball Stadium and normal softball parking areas will be limited
on Sunday. Fans coming to Sunday’s 9 a.m. game will need to park at Fi Field located on Hull Road east of the softball stadium.
The field will need to be accessed from 23rd. Those attending the 11:15 a.m.
game will be able to park at the Lakeside
dorms located on Radio Road.
Fans will need to access Radio
Road from 34th.