Friday February 23, 2007Softball Splits in Day One of Leadoff Classic
19 Florida Softball team (13-4) split games in the first day of the NFCA
Leadoff Classic in
Ali Gardiner (
play by sophomore Kristina Hilberth (
The Minutewomen also pushed a runner to third in the top of the
second, but were not able to score her. Amanda Acampora
reached on a leadoff walk from
defense held strong in the top of the fifth to prevent UMass
from scoring. Davina Hernandez hit a lead off double.
Amanda Morin followed with a base hit through the left side which advanced Hernandez
to third. Nelson and the
Nelson improved her record to 8-1 on the season with the win. Five of her seven strikeouts came in the final three innings, including striking out the side in the seventh to end the game. UMass pitcher Bailey Sanders went to 1-2 on the year with the loss.
of the second in game two saw DePaul score the first runs on the Gator defense
in three games. Becca Heteniak
led off the inning with a base hit through the left side. Katie Hanson came in
to pinch run for her and advanced to second on an error by Enea
on a throw down to first. Hanson moved to third on a sacrifice by Sandy Vokjik. Jackie Tarulli-Fisher was
hit by a pitch to put runners at the corners for the Blue Demons. Smart defense
from senior third baseman Melissa Zick (
DePaul extended its lead to 5-0 in its half of the third. Kate Sheaks led off with a double. She advanced to third on a sacrifice by Stephanie Blagaich and scored on Marcy Wilus base hit down the left field line. A two-run home run by Heteniak put the Blue Demons up by five runs.
Stevens took the loss for the Gators, her third of the year. Tracie Adix earned the win to improve to 4-0.
Gators will continue Leadoff Classic play on Saturday at 1 p.m. as they take on
Georgia Tech. Florida will wrap up pool play against No. 16 Baylor at 6 p.m. Going into Saturday’s games, Georgia Tech is the only
undefeated game in pool play.