10 LSU Tiger (28-4, 5-1 SEC) softball team completed the series sweep of the
No. 19 Florida Gators (20-14, 2-6 SEC) with a 2-1 win in Baton Rouge, La.
struck first in a rather unconventional first inning. DeeDeeHenderson took a free base on balls from Florida sophomore pitcher Stacey Nelson (Los Alamitos, Calif.)
She stole second to move into scoring position. Jazz Jackson was safe at first on an error in the
Gator infield. Both runners advanced on a sacrifice bunt by Leslie Klein. A
sacrifice fly to right field by Killian Roessner
home for the first run of the game.
Gators tied the game in the top of the fourth. Florida’s
second batter of the inning, senior Lacy
Howard (League City, Texas), drew a walk from LSU pitcher Dani Hofer. After Howard stole second, junior Mary Ratliff (Mt. Sterling, Ky.) drove a base hit through the right side
to score Howard for the 1-1 tie. Ratliff moved into scoring position on an
illegal pitch from Hofer. After freshman Corrie Brooks (Christmas, Fla.)
drew the second walk of the inning, Emily Turner came in to replace Hofer in
the circle for the Tigers.
Klein took an 0-2 count from Nelson over the fence for
the 2-1 Tiger lead in the bottom of the fourth. Nelson and the Gator defense
retired the next three batters in order to end the inning.
run would be all LSU needed as Turner and Nelson battled through the final
three innings. Each pitcher gave up only one more hit in the game. Turner gave
up a one-out base hit to sophomore Kim Waleszonia (Fontana,
Calif.) in the fifth. Nelson gave
up a leadoff hit to Henderson
in the sixth.
(10-3) earned the win in relief. She struck out two Gator batters and only
allowed one hit. Hofer struck out six Gators before being replaced by Turner.
Nelson (12-7) struck out five LSU batters and allowed only two hits in the
Gators play seven games at the Florida Softball Stadium in Gainesville next week. Play opens on
Wednesday with a doubleheader against Florida International at 3 p.m. The first
game of the doubleheader will be televised live on Sun Sports. The second game
will air live in Gainesville
on WRUF AM 850 and world wide on www.wruf.com.