13 Florida Softball team (5-0) won the USF\Wilson Invitational in Tampa, Fla.
on Sunday afternoon. The Gators earned a 5-1 come from behind win over the
Bulls to go 5-0 in the tournament.
first time in the tournament, Florida’s
opponent got on the board first, as USF took a 1-0 lead in the bottom of the
first. Britta Giddens led off the inning with an
infield base hit. Tara Toscano reached on a fielder’s
choice that also found Giddens safe at second on a
Gator error. Both runners moved into scoring position on a double steal. The Florida defense got the first out of the inning as junior
pitcher Stacey Nelson (Los Alamitos, Calif.)
and junior catcher Kristina Hilberth (Dunedin,
Fla.) combined to catch Giddens attempting to take home after a wild pitch. Kit
Dunbar and Jo Jo Medina drew back-to-back walks to
load the bases. Cat Olnick knocked a RBI base hit
through the left side to give USF the 1-0 lead and keep the bases loaded.
Nelson was able bare down in the circle and strike out the next two batters,
ending the Bull’s scoring threat.
Florida used a big fourth inning to take
the lead. Freshman AjaPaculba (Wildomar, Calif.) led off with a walk. Sophomore Francesca Enea
(Woodland Hills, Calif.) grabbed a base hit through the left
side for her first hit of the season. Both runners advanced on a wild pitch.
USF brought Capri Catalano in from the bull pen to relieve starter Courtney Mosch. Junior Ali
N.Y.) watched four straight balls to load the
bases for senior Mary Ratliff (Mt.
Ratliff blasted a double to the right centerfield wall to put the Gators on the
board and in the 2-1 lead. Gardiner scored and Ratliff advanced to third on a
sacrifice fly to center by freshman Megan
Bush (Anaheim Hills, Calif.). Ratliff scored the final run of the
inning on a wild pitch, putting Florida
Gators added one more run in the fifth. Junior Kim Waleszonia (Fontana, Calif.)
led off the inning with a triple to right and scored as the cut off over threw
third, giving the Gators the 5-1 lead.
earned her third win of the season. She struck out 10 USF batters to mark her
third consecutive game with double digit strikeouts.
Florida will open the 2008 home season on
Wednesday with a doubleheader against Mercer beginning at 4 p.m. at Katie SeasholePressly Stadium.