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.
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
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.
out in the bottom of the second, senior Lauren
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
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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
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