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Saturday February 9, 2008Softball Shuts Out Memphis in Five Innings

Tampa, FL

The No. 13 Florida Softball team (4-0) wrapped up day two of the USF/Wilson Invitational with a 9-0 shut out of Memphis Saturday night. The Gators scored their nine runs on only four hits and six Tiger errors.

 

With one out in the top of the second junior Ali Gardiner (Waccabuc, N.Y.) drew a walk from Memphis pitcher Lyndsey Sterling. Senior Mary Ratliff (Mt. Sterling, Ky.) and freshman Tiffany DeFelice (Coral Springs, Fla.) grabbed back-to-back singles to load the bases. Freshmen Megan Bush (Anaheim Hills, Calif.) and Shaunice Harris (Moreno Valley, Calif.) followed with back-to-back RBI walks to give the Gators a 2-0 lead. Junior Kim Waleszonia (Fontana, Calif.) reached first on an error by the Tiger first baseman, allowing DeFelice to score. Kimber Bossom came in to relieve Sterling in the circle for Memphis with two outs to go in the inning. The Tigers got the second out as they threw out Bush at home, leaving junior Kristina Hilberth (Dunedin, Fla.) safe at first on the fielder’s choice play. Harris scored the final run of the inning on an error by the Tiger pitcher, putting the Gators up 4-0.

 

Harris led off the top of the fourth with a walk. Waleszonia was safe on an error on her sacrifice attempt, advancing Harris all the way to third. Waleszonia stole second. Harris scored and Waleszonia moved to third on a wild pitch by Bossom. Freshman Aja Paculba (Wildomar, Calif.) knocked in Waleszonia with a base hit to center for her team leading fifth RBI of the season and the 6-0 lead.

 

Florida scored its final three runs in the top of the fifth as freshmen stepped up to give the Gators the win by the eight-run rule. With two outs, DeFelice singled to left field. Bush and fellow freshman Kristen Adkins (McKinney, Texas) followed with back-to-back walks to load the bases. Waleszonia reached on a fielder’s choice, but two Memphis errors allowed both DeFelice and Bush to score. The third Memphis error of the inning found freshman Kristine Priebe (Moorpark, Calif.) safe at first and scored Adkins for Florida’s 9-0 win.

 

Freshman Stephanie Brombacher (Pembroke Pines, Fla.) earned the win to improve to 2-0 on the year. She allowed only three hits and struck out three in 4.0 innings. Freshman Kelsey Bruder (Corona, Calif.) pitched the final inning, walking one and striking out two in her first collegiate appearance.

 

Florida wraps up USF/Wilson Invitational play on Sunday afternoon at 2 p.m. versus the host school. The game will be broadcast live on www.GatorZone.com via Yahoo.com.  

 

Line Score     1 2 3    4 5       R    H   E

Florida          0 4 0   2 3      9   4   0

Memphis        0 0 0   0 0      0   3   6

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