10 Florida Softball team (9-0) earned two wins in the first day of the Cox
Communications Classic in Gainesville
on Friday night. The Gators defeated East
(1-3) 9-0 in six innings and College
of Charleston (1-9) 10-0.
first game, Florida scored nine runs on only
six hits, while drawing eight walks for the 9-0 win over East
(1-3) in six innings Senior Mary Ratliff
(Mt. Sterling, Ky.) led the team with a 2-for-4 performance
with two runs scored and two RBI. Sophomore Francesca Enea (Woodland Hills, Calif.)
finished the game 1-for-2 with two walks, two runs and three RBI.
(Woodland Hills, Calif.) drew a lead off walk to start the
Gator half of the second. Junior Ali
N.Y.) and senior Mary Ratliff (Mt. Sterling, Ky.)
followed with back-to-back base hits to load the bases. Freshman Kristine Priebe
(Moorpark, Calif.) knocked the third consecutive Gator
hit of the inning up the middle to score Enea. A
freshman Megan Bush (Anaheim Hills, Calif.)
fielder’s choice scored Gardiner, but put Priebe out
at second, leaving runners at first and third. Ratliff scored and Bush went to
second on a double steal. Sophomore Corrie Brooks
drew a walk. She and Bush both advanced on a wild pitch. Junior Kim Waleszonia
drew a walk to load the bases again. Bush came home on junior Kristina Hilberth
fielder’s choice play to give the Gators the 4-0 lead.
drew a one-out walk in the bottom of the third frame. Junior Danyell Hines (Bryan, Texas)
came in to pinch run for her. Ratliff blasted a two-run homer, her second of
the season, to put Florida
up by six runs.
led off the sixth with a bunt single. Freshman Aja Paculba (Wildomar, Calif.)
walked. Amanda Haverman came in to relieve East Tennessee starter Marissa Hardy in the circle. Enea took the first pitch she was offered over the
centerfield fence for a three-run, walk-off homer, giving Florida the 9-0 win
in six innings.
hurler Stephanie Brombacher
(Pembroke Pines, Fla.) pitched the complete game, giving up
only one hit to earn her fourth win of the season. She tied her career high
with seven strikeouts. Hardy took the loss for the Buccaneers.
Florida used a season-high 15 hits for a 10-0 win over College of Charleston (1-9) in game two. Six
different Gators had two hits a piece in the game, Waleszonia
(2-3), Hilberth (2-4), Paculba
(2-4), Enea (2-3), Ratliff (2-4) and Brooks (2-3).
Gators got off to a quick start in game two as Waleszonia
and Hilberth led off the game with back-to-back bunt
singles. The runners stole second and third. They both scored on a Paculba base hit to center. Paculba
advanced to second on the throw home. Enea knocked in
Paculba with a base hit to left and advanced to
second on the throw. Gardiner walked, but was thrown out on a fielder’s choice
play in Ratliff’s at bat. The play allowed Enea to
advance to third, enabling her to score on freshman Tiffany DeFelice’s (Coral Springs, Fla.)
sacrifice fly for a 4-0 lead.
led of the top of the second with an infield base hit. She stole second and
advanced to third on a Waleszonia ground out. Hilberth earned her first of two RBI on the day, scoring
Brooks with a single to left field.
added one more run in each the fourth and sixth innings. In the fourth, Paculba stole home, putting the Gators up 6-0. Junior Le-Net Franklin (Belton, Texas)
led off the sixth reaching on a passed ball after a strikeout. She stole second
and moved to third on a Waleszonia sacrifice fly. She
scored the Gators’ seventh run of the game on a Hilberth
ground out to the Cougar short stop.
Florida put up its final three runs in
the top of the seventh. Junior Brooke
Johnson (Lakeland, Fla.) led off the inning with a pinch hit
double to center field. Gardiner knocked a line drive over the left field fence
for her first home run of the 2008 season and two RBI. Back-to-back doubles by
Ratliff and freshman Kristen Adkins
(McKinney, Texas) set up the sacrifice opportunity for
Bush. Bush took full advantage, hitting a towering pop up deep to center field
to score Ratliff for the final run of the game, giving the Gators the 10-0
Junior Stacey Nelson (Los Alamitos, Calif.)
started the game and struck out six in the first three innings. Freshman Kelsey Bruder (Corona, Calif.)
relieved Nelson to start the fourth and pitched three innings to earn her first
collegiate win. Adkins pitched the final inning in relief of Bruder.
Gators continue Cox Communications Classic play on Saturday with a 1:30 p.m. game versus North Carolina
and a 4 p.m. game against East