pitcher Stacey Nelson (Los Alamitos,
Calif.) led the No. 7 Florida
Softball team (14-0) to its 14th consecutive win, pitching her fifth shutout of
the season as the Gators defeated Hofstra (3-2), 5-0
at Pressly Softball Stadium on Wednesday evening.
now 7-0 on the season, has pitched a school record 39.2 consecutive shut out
innings. She beats her own record of 29 shut out innings set last season from
May 5 to May 12. Nelson also tied her career-high with 12 strikeouts on the
night, her fourth double-digit strikeout performance of the season.
(Woodland Hills, Calif.) led off a four-run Gator fourth with
a solo home run to left center. It was Enea’s third
homer of the year. Junior Ali Gardiner
N.Y.) drew her second walk of the
game. Freshman Ami Austin (Ormond Beach, Calif.)
came in to pinch run for her. Senior Mary
Sterling, Ky.) was
safe at first on an infield single. Freshman Kelsey Bruder (Corona,
Calif.) grounded out for the second out of the
inning, but both runners were able to advance and Austin scored on a throwing
error by the Pride catcher. Sophomore Corrie Brooks
reached first and Ratliff scored on an error by the Hofstra
short stop. A double from junior Kim Waleszonia (Fontana,
Calif.) scored Brooks from first
for the 4-0 lead.
Florida scored its final run of the game in the fifth frame as
freshman AjaPaculba (Wildomar, Calif.) stole home on a well-executed first
and third situation.
The Florida defense was
sharp in the game as well. The top of the third looked particularly sharp as
junior catcher Kristina Hilberth (Dunedin, Fla.) picked off a Hofstra
runner at third, then combined with freshman short stop Megan Bush (Anaheim Hills,
Calif.) to catch a Pride runner
attempting to steal home on a first and third double steal attempt.
Florida hosts Notre Dame, North Florida
and Gardner-Webb in the Aquafina Invitational this
weekend. Gardner-Webb and Notre Dame open the tournament at 11 a.m. on Friday. Florida plays its first
game against Gardner-Webb at 3:#0 p.m. Friday afternoon.