19 Florida Softball team (20-11, 2-3 SEC) ended another long opponent win
streak as they split a doubleheader with No. 2 Alabama (25-1, 4-1 SEC) at the
Florida Softball Stadium on Monday night. Alabama
won its 25th consecutive game in the first game, 6-2, but Florida gave the Tide its first loss of the
season in game two, 8-4.
over the Tide marks the second consecutive team Florida has beat to end a 20-plus game win
streak. The Gators ended a 23-game Tennessee
win streak with a 4-0 win in the second game of a doubleheader on Saturday.
A huge eight-run
fourth for the Gators ended a 25-game Alabama
win streak in the second game of the doubleheader. Senior Lacy Howard (League City, Texas) was safe on a fielder’s choice as sophomore Ali Gardiner (Waccabuc, N.Y.)
was put out at second. Freshman Jenna Olmo (Pembroke Pines, Fla.) walked and fellow freshman Corrie Brooks (Christmas, Fla.)
knocked a base hit through the left side to load the bases. Sophomore Kristina Hilberth
was safe at first on a fielder’s choice as Howard came home and avoided the tag
at the plate for the Gators’ first run of the game. Sophomore Brooke Johnson (Lakeland, Fla.)
walked to bring Olmo home. Brooks scored the tying
run on a sophomore Kim Waleszonia (Fontana,
Calif.) base hit to left. Chrissy Owens came in to relieve Charlotte Morgan in the
pitching circle for Alabama.
Senior Lauren Roussell
(Cerritos, Calif.) was hit by an Owens pitch, bringing
in Brooks. A walk to senior Melissa Zick (Tampa,
Fla.) brought home Hilberth for the 5-3 lead. Gardiner’s second hit of the
inning brought home two more runs. Zick scored on an
Owens wild pitch. Blair Potter replaced Owens in the circle in the second
pitching change of the inning. She allowed one more Gator hit before forcing an
Olmo ground out to end the innings with the Gators
took an early 2-0 lead in their half of the second as Morgan hit a two-run home
run to center.
Alabama went up 3-0 in the fourth as
Lauren Parker scored on Ashley Holcombe sacrifice fly.
scored its final run in the top of the seventh as Mandy Burford
scored on a Parker double to narrow Florida’s
lead to four runs at 8-4.
Each of Florida’s nine hits in
the game was a base hit.
Stacey Nelson (Los Alamitos, Calif.)
struck out five in the win, improving her record to 12-5 on the season. Morgan
took the loss for Alabama,
as she was responsible for the first six Gator runs, making her record 5-1.
getting the first run of game one, the Gators fell 6-2 in the evening’s early
Florida pushed the first run across in
the top of the first. Waleszonia led off the first
with her second triple of the season. She scored on a sacrifice bunt by Roussell for the 1-0 Gator lead.
Alabama answered with two runs in the top
of the second. Dani Woods drew a lead off walk from
senior pitcher Stacey Stevens (Gainesville, Fla.).
Charlotte Morgan drove a one out base hit up the middle. Both base runners came
home on a double down the left field field line to
put the Tide up 2-1.
took a two-run lead in sixth. With two outs, Morgan walked. A Kellie Eubanks
double moved Morgan to third. Morgan scored on a passed ball to move her team
ahead by two runs.
Florida brought the back to within one in
a controversial bottom half of the inning. Waleszonia
led off the inning with a base hit. On a Roussell bas
hit to left, the Tide left fielder bobbled the ball allowing Waleszonia to advance to third. She crossed the plate on a
passed ball to put the Gators within reach at 3-2. A base hit by Gardiner and a
walk to Howard left the bases loaded for sophomore Savana Kelly (Ft. Lauderdale,
Fla.) with only one out in the
inning. Kelly flew out to center and Roussell came
home on the would be sacrifice fly that would tie the
game. However, Roussell was called out for leaving third
early on appeal, leaving the game at 3-2.
continued to fall Alabama’s
way in the top of the seventh as they added three runs on four hits and a Gator
error to give them a 6-2 lead.
a double down the left field line with two outs in the final frame, but would
not cross the plate.
received the loss for Florida,
moving her record to 8-6 on the year. She struck out three, walked four and
gave up 10 hits. Four of the six runs she gave up were earned. Chrissy Owens earned the win for Alabama, improving her record to 13-0. She
struck out one, walked two, gave up six hits and only
one earned run.
went 4-for-7 for the Gators on the day to push her season batting average above
.300 at .308. Waleszonia score both of the Gator runs
in game one and added a third in game two. She finished the day 3-for-8 with a
triple, three runs scored and an RBI. Roussell had
two RBI on the night, but only had one hit, as she was also walked and hit by a
pitch. Howard finished the evening 2-for-5 with a walk and a run scored. Hilberth was 2-for-3 with a run scored and an RBI in game
Gators will continue Southeastern Conference play this weekend as they travel
to Baton Rouge for
a three-game set with the LSU Tigers. Saturday’s doubleheader begins at 2 p.m.
ET, as does the single-game finale on Sunday. Fans wearing pink to the games
will get in free of charge. All three games will be aired live on GatorZone.com
via yahoo.com and live stats will be available from GameTracker
at www.GatorZone.com. Sunday’s game
will be broadcast live on Cox Sports Television.