19/19 University of Florida Softball team shut out North Florida in both games
of a doubleheader, 5-0 and 1-0, at the Florida Softball Stadium on Wednesday
got its scoring done early in both games, scoring five runs in the first two innings
of game one and one run in the first in game two.
Florida opened the game with three runs
on four hits in the bottom of the first. Sophomore Kim Waleszonia (Fontana,
Calif.) led off the game with her
first triple of the season. She came home on a base hit to left by sophomore Kristina Hilberth (Dunedin, Fla.).
Hilberth stole second to move into scoring position for freshman Francesca Enea (Woodland Hills, Calif.).
Enea knocked her third double of the season into left center for the 2-0 Gator
lead. Sophomore Ali Gardiner
(Waccabuc, N.Y.) ripped her second double of the season through the left side
to bring Enea home and give her team a three-run lead.
Gators added two more in the second. Senior Lacy Howard (League City,
Texas) led off the inning with a
solo home run over the scoreboard in left center. It was her first of the
season and the seventh of her career. Sophomore Brooke Johnson (Lakeland,
Fla.) continued the Gator hitting
with a base hit. She moved into scoring position on a Waleszonia ground out and
scored on a two-out base hit by senior Melissa
Zick (Tampa, Fla.)
pitcher Stacey Stevens (Gainesville, Fla.)
retired 11 straight before giving up a hit in the fourth inning. She gave up
only three hits, no walks and struck out eight in the win to move her record to
4-2 on the year. Freshman Corrie Brooks
made her first appearance in the pitching circle for the Gators in the seventh.
The first batter she faced reached on an error, but the Gator defense turned a
double play, allowing Brooks to face only three batters in her first outing in
the Orange and
Blue. Tori Ahern started the game for North Florid and pitched one inning to
receive the loss. Devyn Findley, a graduate of Santa Fe High School
in Alachua, finished the game for the Ospreys.
her third home run of the season to get the Gators’ scoring started with two
outs in the bottom of the first. That one run would be all the Gators needed
for the win.
got runners to second and third in the fourth, but were unable to push a run
across. In the Ospreys’ half of the inning, Kelli Rutenbar was hit by a pitch
to lead off the inning. Gwen Williams walked. Both runners advanced on a
sacrifice bunt by Elizabeth Howell. Florida
pitcher Stevens struck out the next two North Florida
batters to preserve the shut out.
In Florida’s half of the inning, senior Lauren Roussell (Cerritos,
Calif.) dropped a double into
left field with one out. Brooks followed with a base hit and was able to
advanced to second as the Osprey defense worked to keep Roussell at third. The
defense was able to retire the next to Gator batters to hold Florida’s lead at 1-0.
pitched 5.0 innings in the second game to earn her second win of the day and
improve her record to 5-2 on the year. Sophomore Stacey Nelson (Los
pitched two innings of relief to earn her first save of the season. North Florida’s Katie Brosky (3-2) took the loss.
Gators return to action on Friday as they face No. 24/25 UMass and DePaul
(rv/rv) in the first day of pool play at the Leadoff Classic in Columbus, Ga.
All games will be broadcast live on GatorZone.com via yahoo.com.