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 AjaPaculba (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
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
was hit by a Christine Hiner pitch. Junior Kim Waleszonia
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.
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
Noon and No. 10 Stanford immediately following.