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Saturday March 1, 2008Softball Improves to 22-1 With Win Over Fullerton

Fullerton, CA

The No. 5 Florida softball team improved to 22-1 with a win over Worth Invitational host Cal State Fullerton on Saturday. The Gators used six hits and two Titan errors for the 2-0 win, scoring one run in each the first and seventh innings.

 

Florida took advantage of a Titan error in the first inning to take an early 1-0 lead. Freshman Aja Paculba (Wildomar, Calif.), hitting in the two spot in the lineup, beat out an infield base hit. Sophomore Francesca Enea (Woodland Hills, Calif.) followed with a base hit up the middle. Enea was put out at second on a fielder’s choice, leaving freshman Tiffany DeFelice (Coral Springs, Fla.) safe at first and Paculba at third. DeFelice moved to steal second but Titan catcher Kiki Munoz overthrew second, allowing Paculba to score for the lead.

 

The Gators added an insurance run in the top of the seventh. With one out, pinch hitter freshman Kristine Priebe (Moorpark, Calif.) drove a base hit down the left field line. Freshman Ami Austin (Ormond Beach, Calif.) came in to pinch run for Priebe at first. Pinch hitting freshman Kelsey Bruder (Corona, Calif.) was hit by a Christine Hiner pitch. Junior Kim Waleszonia (Fontana, Calif.) beat out an infield base hit to short. Titan short stop Courtney Martinez overthrew first, allowing Austin to score to give the Gators the 2-0 win.

 

Those two runs would be all Florida would need as junior pitcher Stacey Nelson (Los Alamitos, Calif.) fanned eight Fullerton batters and allowed only two hits. She now improves to 13-1 on the season. Hiner (5-3) took the loss for Fullerton.

 

Florida wraps up its West Coast trip on Sunday with games against Louisville at Noon and No. 10 Stanford immediately following.

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