The Florida offense found its rhythm as the Gator softball
team (28-16, 6-8 SEC) tallied 13 hits in a 8-4 win
over the Ole Miss Rebels on Sunday in Oxford.
Gators got on the board first in the opening frame. Senior Lauren Roussell (Cerritos, Calif.)
drew a one-out walk from Ole Miss hurler Mary Jane
Callahan. Roussell moved to third on two consecutive
Callahan wild pitches. Sophomore Ali
N.Y.) base hit scored Roussell
to take the lead. Following the second out of the inning, senior Melissa Zick
drove her first career triple to right center to score Gardiner and put the
Gators up by two runs. Becky Nye came in to replace Callahan in the pitching
circle. Junior Mary Ratliff (Mt.
Sterling, Ky.) went
to a 1-1 count before driving a double to left center to score Zick and put the Gators up 3-0.
lead to just one run in the bottom of the second. With one out, Ashley Dowdy
hit a single to left. Courtnie Ghinaudo
drew a two-out walk from senior pitcher Stacey
Stevens (Gainesville, Fla.). Lauren Rowe drove a double to center
to score both runners and make the score 3-2.
Florida tacked on three more runs in
third. Zick started the Gators with a one-out single
to left. She advanced to second on a wild pitch from Nye. Ratliff reached on an
error by the Rebel third baseman. A freshman Corrie Brooks (Christmas, Fla.)
base hit scored Zick and advanced Ratliff to third. Brooks
moved to second on the throw to try to get Zick at
home. Ratliff scored and Brooks moved to third on another Nye wild pitch. Sophmore Kristina Hilberth (Dunedin,
Fla.) drew a two-out walk from
Nye to out runners at first and third. Brooks snuck home on an attempted double
steal to give Florida
the 6-2 lead.
Gators went up 7-2 in the fifth inning. Hilberth
knocked down a two-out infield base hit and came home on a double from
sophomore Kim Waleszonia
Florida added one more in the following
inning. Gardiner led off the inning with a double to left. Senior Lacy Howard (League City, Texas)
was safe on an infield base hit, moving Gardiner to third. Zick
reached on a fielder’s choice and Howard moved to third as Gardiner was thrown
out at the plate. Zick stole second to put two Gators
in scoring position. With one out, Brooks hit a RBI single at the Ole Miss
Short stop to put her team up 8-2.
scored one run in each of the last two innings. In the sixth, Lisa Conchos hit a one-out solo home run to center. In the
seventh, Dowdy drew a leadoff walk. She scored from first on a
Amber Tramp double. The Gators retired the next three batters, including two
strikeouts from Stevens for the 8-4 Gator win.
earned the complete game win to improve to 12-7 on the season. Florida saw all three of
the Ole Miss pitchers, but starting pitcher Mary Jane Callahan received the
loss, moving her record to 8-7.
Gators had multiple hit performances on the day. Zick,
Howard, Gardiner and Brooks each finished the day 2-for-4. Zick
reached on all four of her at bats as she also reached twice on fielder’s
choice plays. Zick scored two runs for the Gators.
She now has scored 127 career runs and needs just three more to set the school
record. Brooks led the Gators with two RBI on the day. Waleszonia
finished the day 3-for-5 with a RBI.
Florida returns to the Florida Softball Stadium on Wednesday for
a doubleheader against instate rival Florida
State. Both games of the
doubleheader will air live on Sun Sports. First pitch is scheduled for 4 p.m.