Saturday March 22, 2008Softball Takes Doubleheader From Longwood, 9-1 and 6-0
Led by a four RBI
performance by junior Ali Gardiner (Waccabuc, N.Y.) in game one and a five-run sixth inning in
game two, the No. 3/4 Florida softball team (34-2) took two games from Longwood
University (17-9) Saturday afternoon at Katie Seashole
The Gators took the
first game 9-1 in five innings by the eight-run rule with the help of a
three-hit complete game by junior Stacey
Nelson bettered her record to 20-2 on the season as she struck out five and allowed only one run over five innings. Rachel Mills took the loss for Longwood to move to 8-5, as she gave up all nine runs and eight of the nine Gator hits.
The Gators got out
of the gate quickly with a four run first inning which saw all nine batters
appear at the plate. Waleszonia led off with a single
and immediately swiped second. Freshmen Aja Paculba (
Waleszonia would pick up right where she left off by reaching
first in the second inning and stealing second for her 18th stolen base of the
season. Her second run of the game would come on a slow roller to third by DeFelice, putting the
The Lancers would score their only run of the first game in the top of the second with a one out RBI single by Catelyn Slagle that watched Tricia Nelson cross the plate.
Florida continued its momentum by picking up its 34th victory of the season with a 6-0 win in the second game, thanks in part to a five-run sixth inning by UF that sent 11 batters to the plate.
Freshmen pitcher Kristen Adkins (
Enea was a flawless 2-for-2 at the plate with three RBI, two runs, and a walk. Paculba had another solid game, going 2-for-4 with a run scored.
The Gators wasted no time taking the lead in game two, when Enea broke a scoreless tie in the bottom of the second with a leadoff solo shot to center that gave the Gators a 1-0 lead.
The Gators added
five runs on six hits in the sixth. Waleszonia, Paculba and Gardiner started the inning with three
consecutive singles to load the bases. DeFelice knocked
in Waleszonia to make it 2-0