Saturday April 28, 2007Gators Defeat Bulldogs in Thrilling Extra-Innings Game
The No. 20 Florida Softball team defeated Mississippi State, 3-2, today at the Florida Softball Stadium, improving to 41-19 (14-11 SEC) for the season. The Gators needed extra innings to defeat the Bulldogs (32-23, 12-13), taking the series two games to one.
were tied at two going in to the ninth inning. The Gators shut down the
Bulldogs in the top half of the ninth inning, setting up a chance to seal the
win. The first batter grounded out to senior Melissa Zick (
Gators had their chance to secure the game and the series win. Senior Lacy Howard (
The Gators and Bulldogs battled through six scoreless innings before either team managed a run. MSU broke the scoreless tie in the top of the seventh inning when Courtney Bures drew a walk and moved to second after a fielder’s choice. Sammie Jo Bailey singled to right to score Bures giving the Bulldogs the edge.
Gators answered back in the bottom half of the inning, putting up one run to
send the game into extra innings. With one out, junior Mary Ratliff (
The Bulldogs put up another run in the top of the eighth to take a 2-1 lead. With the bases loaded and two outs, an error by the Gators allowed Nakita Boyce to score putting the Bulldogs ahead.
Gators bounced back in the bottom of the eighth, when senior Lauren Roussell
earned the win for the Gators, coming in the game with one out in the fourth
inning to relieve senior Stacey Stevens (
the game, the Gators celebrated Senior Day. Seniors Howard, Roussell,
Stevens and Zick were honored in a pre-game ceremony,
celebrating their achievements on the