Sunday May 27, 2007Softball Ends Record-Setting Season With Super Regional Split
College Station, TX
19 Florida Softball (50-22) team ended their season on Saturday evening in
today was a great competition between two outstanding teams,” said
game of the day came down to the bottom of the seventh inning. With one out,
senior Lauren Roussell
Texas A&M put up runs first in the top of the first. Sharonda McDonald led off the game with a bunt single. She
moved to second on a wild pitch. Jamie Hinshaw drew a
walk on four straight balls from
defense held tough in the top of the fourth. With one out, Macie
Morrow walked and Joy Davis walked. Pinch hitter Mandy Gegan
reached on a fielder’s choice to short as Roussell
threw lead runner Morrow out at third for the second out of the inning.
McDonald grabbed her second hit of the day and it looked as if the bases would
be loaded again, but
reached on an infield single to lead off the Gator half of the fifth for her
second hit of the game. Sophomore Ashley
Harris (Royal Palm Beach,
That would be it for both teams until Roussell’s seventh inning heroics.
“I was just looking for anything over the plate,” Roussell said. “Fighting and fighting and fouling them off. I was doing anything I could to put it in play hard somewhere. Lucky for me I put one hard somewhere and it went out.”
Nelson pitched the complete game to earn the win for the Gators. It would be
her last decision of the season and she finishes the year with a 34-14 record.
Gators found out they would be the visiting team for the final game of the
series following a coin flip between games. Senior Stacey Stevens (
The Aggies took the lead right away in the bottom of the first. Hinshaw drew a one-out walk. Gibson singled up the middle, advancing Hinshaw all the way to third. With one out, Lobpries hit another base hit to score Hinshaw for the 1-0 lead.
Texas A&M went up 2-0 in the fifth. Gibson led off the inning with a double to right. She advanced to third on a passed ball and scored on a RBI base hit by Alex Reynolds.
Waleszonia reached on an error with two outs in the third inning. She then stole second for her 24th steal of the season to set the school record. She beat the previous record of 23 set by Jackie Marchetta in 2003 and Lora Pinkerton in 2000.
replaced Stevens in the third to finish out the game. Stevens took the loss to
finish her season at 16-8. The two Gator pitchers combined for seven strikeouts
on the game. They each gave up one walk and one of the Aggie’s
The Gators ended a season for the records books, setting or tying records for wins (50), stolen bases (129), ERA (1.40), opponent batting average (.207), shut outs (26), fewest runs allowed (126), fewest earned runs allowed (100), fielding percentage (.975) and fewest errors (55).
There are still some post-season awards yet to be announced. The NFCA/Louisville Slugger All-America teams will be announced on Wednesday, May 30. Waleszonia and Nelson are both candidates for those awards. Several additional Gators have been nominated for Easton All-America awards. Those will also be announced within the next two weeks.