Friday February 22, 2008Six Home Runs Lead Softball to Two Wins
The No. 7
University of Florida Softball team (16-0) hit six home runs in its first two
games of the Aquafina Invitational to defeat
Gardner-Webb (5-4), 15-1, and
different Gators led the team with three hits on the night. Junior Kristina Hilberth
walks and a hit put the Gators up 3-0 in the top of the first against
Gardner-Webb. Juniors Kim Waleszonia (
Gators added five more runs in the second. With one out, Waleszonia
reached first on a bunt single. Hilberth followed
with a base hit through the left side. Paculba
knocked a double to left to score Waleszonia.
Sophomore Francesca Enea
Gardner-Webb’s Jessica Williams hit a solo homerun in the bottom of the second putting the Bulldogs on the scoreboard 8-1. It was the first home run given up by the Gator pitching staff this season
Hilberth was first on base for the Gators in the third inning following three straight balls thrown by Coffey. Hilberth scored from first on a double to right field by Paculba. A double play ended the inning with the Gators ahead 9-1.
After a scoreless fourth inning by both teams, the Gators showcased their best inning of the night with six runs. Waleszonia was first to bat and walked on four-straight pitches. She advanced to second on a single to left field by Hilberth. Paculba was next to bat, walking on four straight pitches, loading the bases. Gardiner doubled to center field scoring Hilberth and Waleszonia and extending her career-long hit streak to nine games. The impressive inning for the Gators continued with back-to-back homeruns. Ratliff hit a three-run shot, followed by a solo homerun by freshman catcher Tiffany DeFelice (Coral Springs, Fla.) giving the Gators a 15-1 lead.
pitcher Stephanie Brombacher
second game of the day, the Gators defeated
The game remained scoreless until the bottom of the fourth when DeFelice crushed her first of two home runs in the game, launching a towering solo shot down the left field line. Bush hit the second home run of that inning, extending the Gators’ lead 2-0.
DeFelice hit her second homerun of the game in the sixth inning, driving the ball deep over the center field wall to give the Gators a 3-0 lead.
Junior Stacey Nelson (
The Aquafina Invitational continues on Saturday, Feb. 23 with