The No. 23
Florida Softball team (32-17, 8-9 SEC) fell to Southeastern Conference foe Arkansas (17-33, 4-12
SEC), 1-0, at the Florida Softball Stadium Saturday. Sophomore Stacey Nelson (Los Alamitos, Calif.)
had another strong pitching performance, allowing just three hits while
striking out four. Nelsonís pitching wasnít enough to lead the Gators to
victory, as Arkansas starting pitcher Katy
Henry quieted Floridaís
Arkansas broke the scoreless tie in the
top of the sixth inning. Nelson gave up a walk to Teighynne
Hulsey, who was pinch hitting for Hillary Freeman. Freeman then came in to
pinch run for Hulsey. With one out, Jessica Bachkora
hit a slow grounder back to Nelson, allowing Freeman to move to second. With
two outs and the count 1-2, Arkansas
catcher Whitney Cloer singled to center field to
bring Freeman home, giving the Lady Backs the lone run of the game.
Florida started off the sixth strong with a quick single from sophomore
Arkansas turned a double play off a line drive
from sophomore Kim Waleszonia
to slow the Gator rally attempt. The next batter, senior Lauren Roussell (Cerritos, Calif.)
hit her ninth double of the year to keep the Gators hopes alive. Freshman Francesca Enea
(Woodland Hills, Calif.), the designated player, flied out to
right field to end the Gator threat.
singled through the right side in the first inning for Floridaís only other hit of the game.
Florida hits the road next weekend as they travel to Alabama to face Auburn.
Games begin at 2 p.m. ET on Saturday and Sunday.