Wednesday March 21, 2007Softball Sweeps FIU in Doubleheader
The No. 22 Florida Softball team (22-14) got back to its winning ways Wednesday afternoon, as it swept a doubleheader with FIU (13-21), winning the first game 5-3 and the second 9-0 in six innings.
Gators scored first in their half of the opening inning. With one out, senior Lauren Roussell
the game in the top of the third frame. With one out, Katie Bell reached base
on balls on a full count from
Gators took a two-run lead again in the bottom half of the third. Howard led
off the inning with a base hit up the middle. With one out, Ratliff knocked her
second hit of the game to left field. With two outs, sophomore Kristina Hilberth
The Panthers brought the game back within one run in the following half inning. Kim Rodriguez led off with a base hit to short and advanced to second on a throwing error. She moved to third on a Ashley Falk ground out to second. A Lauren Spiers base hit scored Rodriguez to make the score 4-3 in favor of the Gators.
Stevens pitched six innings in the win to improve to 9-7 on the year. She
struck out seven and gave up only one walk. Sophomore Stacey Nelson (
The Gators opened game two with three runs in the bottom of the first. Gardiner got the Gators started, drawing a two out walk from FIU starter Penny Eastman. Howard drove a base hit down the left field line to move Gardiner to third. Gardiner scored and Howard moved to third on a wild pitch. Zick walked to put runners at first and third for the Gators. A double steal scored Howard and moved Zick into scoring position. Zick earned her second steal of the inning when she took third. A Ratliff single up the middle scored Zick to give the Gators the 3-0 lift.
Jenna Olmo started the Gator sixth with a pinch hit triple to
center field. It was the first triple of her career and the sixth for the
Gators this season. Olmo scored on a sacrifice fly by sophomore Kim Waleszonia (
The shutout was Nelson’s fifth of the season. She now holds a 13-7 record on the season. Eastman took the loss for Florida International to move to 7-9 on the year.
Howard finished the day going 5-for-7 at the plate with four runs scored and three RBI in the two games. Ratliff went 4-for-6 with a run scored and five RBI. Waleszonia had a hit in the first game, but not in the second, ending her team-leading hit streak at eight games.