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Senior Stacey Stevens set the school record for career strikeouts and starts Monday night.

Monday February 26, 2007Stevens Sets Career Strikeouts Record in Sweep

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Senior Stacey Stevens set the school record for career strikeouts and starts Monday night.

Florida senior pitcher Stacey Stevens (Gainesville, Fla.) set the school career strikeouts record on the way to helping the Gators (16-5) to a 9-1 win in the second game of a doubleheader sweep of Eastern Michigan Monday night. Florida also won the first game, 4-0.

 

Stevens started the second game to also set the career starts record with the 106th start of her career. She set the strikeouts record in the fourth inning, as she sat down Eastern Michigan pinch hitter Jessica Patterson.

 

Florida started game two with six runs in the first. Sophomore Kim Waleszonia (Fontana, Calif.) started the Gators with a walk. With one out, senior Melissa Zick (Tampa, Fla.) ripped a base hit through the left side. Both runners advanced on a wild pitch from Eastern Michigan pitcher Michelle Lloyd. Sophomore Savana Kelly (Ft. Lauderdale, Fla.) went to a full count before earning the walk to load the bases for sophomore Ali Gardiner (Waccabuc, N.Y.). Gardiner took advantage of the situation and dropped a base hit in shallow center to score Waleszonia and Zick. The runners advanced on an illegal pitch. Junior Mary Ratliff (Mt. Sterling, Ky.) walked to again load the bases. With two outs, senior Lacy Howard (League City, Texas) knocked a base hit through the left side to score Kelly and Gardiner. An error by the Eagle’s short stop on the play allowed Ratliff to score for the 5-0 Florida lead.

 

With one out in the bottom of the second, senior Lauren Roussell (Cerritos, Calif.) drew her 15th walk of the season. She scored from first on a Zick double to right center. Zick advanced to third on the play on Roussell at home. Gardiner drew a two out walk. She moved to steal second and on the throw down, Zick was able to steal home to put Florida up 7-0.

 

Eastern Michigan scored its run in the top of the fourth as Jill Jozefowicz walked, stole second and came around to score on two Gator errors.

 

The Gators scored their final two runs in the bottom of the sixth. Roussell reached on an error by the Eastern Michigan second baseman. Zick and Kelly walked to load the bases. With two outs, sophomore Brooke Johnson (Lakeland, Fla.) hit a line drive to the Eagle’s left fielder for what should have been the final out of the inning, but the ball was dropped and Zick and Roussell scored to give Florida the 9-1 lead and end the game by the eight-run rule.

 

Florida scored its nine runs on six hits, eight walks and three Eastern Michigan errors. The nine runs ties for the most runs scored by the Gators this season. The Gators also scored nine in their 9-4 win over Marshall. The eight walks also ties for the most walks Florida has drown this season. The team also walked eight times against NC State on Feb. 18.

 

Gardiner went 2-for-3 with two RBI, her fourth multiple hit game and team-leading fourth multiple RBI game of the season. Zick was also 2-for-3 in the game, with one RBI and three runs scored. She ties Waleszonia for most runs scored in a game this season, as Waleszonia also had three in the win over Marshall on Feb. 17. Waleszonia went 1-for-2 with a run scored and extended her hitting streak to five games, her longest streak of the season.

 

Stevens moved to 6-4 on the year with the win. She struck out three and gave up three hits in four innings pitched. Freshman Corrie Brooks (Christmas, Fla.) pitched the final two innings, she gave up only one hit and struck out the first batter of her collegiate career. Lloyd took the loss for the Eagles, her third of the year.

 

Florida also started scoring early in game one. Waleszonia led off the game with a base hit through the right side. Roussell brought her home with a double to left center for the early 1-0 lead.

 

Freshman Francesca Enea (Woodland Hills, Calif.) would take care of the remaining three runs in the third. Roussell started the inning with her second double of the game. Zick reached on an error before Enea stepped up to the plate and hit her third run of the season, this one a towering shot to left field to put her team up by four.

 

Sophomore Stacey Nelson (Los Alamitos, Calif.) earned the win to push her record to 10-1. She gave up only two hits, struck out four and did not give up a walk through the complete game. Amy Woodrum took the loss for Eastern Michigan.

 

Florida will play its final regular season tournament of the year this weekend as they travel to the Stacy Winsberg Memorial Tournament, hosted by UCLA. Florida will face Illinois State and Long Beach State at 1 and 3:30 p.m. ET on Friday, UCLA and Loyola-Chicago at 3:30 and 8:30 p.m. ET on Saturday and close the tournament with Illinois State at Noon ET on Sunday. All games will be broadcast live on GatorZone.com via yahoo.com and live stats will be available from GameTracker on GatorZone.com

 

 

 

 

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