Florida Softball team (18-8) lost its final game in the Stacey Winsberg Memorial Tournament on Sunday morning, as it fell
1-0 to IllinoisState.
the score was the same as Friday’s game with IllinoisState,
the Gators hit much better, with seven hits in the game, as opposed to the one
hit on Friday. Florida
had runners in every inning but the sixth.
IllinoisState recorded the only run of the game
in the bottom of the second. With one out, Jessie Buker
knocked a double to left. With two outs, Casey Gorrell
hit a base hit to right to score Buker for the 1-0
defense worked themselves out of a jam in the bottom of the fourth. Kelsey
Warning led off the inning with a base hit to left center. Andrea Shifflet came in to pinch run for her at first. She
advanced to second on a Buker sacrifice. A Stacy Birk base hit to left moved Shifflet
to third with only one out. Casey Gorrell reached on
a fielder’s choice as Redbird runners were doubled up at third and the Gator
defense took Shifflet out. Following a walk to
Shannon Nicholson, Jackie Williams lined out to senior Lauren Roussell (Cerritos, Calif.)
at short to end the inning.
Gators had their best chances to score in the first and seventh innings.
Sophomore Kim Waleszonia
led off the game with a base hit to left. With one out, a senior Melissa Zick
base hit to center moved Waleszonia all the way to
third. The next two batters grounded out to the Redbird short stop to end the
inning with runners on second and third.
seventh, junior Mary Ratliff (Mt.
knocked a base hit up the middle with one out in the inning. Following a second
out, senior Lacy Howard (League City, Texas)
dropped a base hit in center field. That would be it for Florida though as
Illinois State took care of the final out of the game, ending in a one-run loss
for the Gators.
Florida begins Southeastern Conference
play next weekend as they take on No. 1 Tennessee at the Florida Softball
Stadium. Saturday’s doubleheader begins at 1 p.m., with the series finale
Sunday at 1 p.m.