Sunday March 30, 2008Three Homers Lead No. 3 Softball to Series Sweep Over No. 8 LSU
homeruns helped the No. 3 Florida softball team (40-2, 12-1 SEC) defeat the No.
8 LSU Tigers (29-7, 8-3 SEC), 7-0, on Sunday to earn the series sweep.
The fans helped the Gators to victory as they recorded the second-largest crowd in school history on Saturday with 1,845 in attendance. Though the crowd was smaller on Sunday, their support was just as strong.
“I am thankful for such great fans,” Florida Head Coach Tim Walton said. “The support from the community was impressive. The team fed off their energy from introductions on Saturday through the whole weekend.”
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Paculba again started a Gator rally in the third as she led off with a double to right. Gardiner drew a walk from Trahan. Ratliff added two more to the runs column for the Gators as she brought in Paculba and Gardiner with a double through the right side.
The fifth inning saw two more Gator home runs and another LSU pitching change. Gardiner and Ratliff both hit homers out of the stadium, their fourth and eighth of the season, respectively. Tiffany Garcia came in for Trahan after Ratliff’s homer and remained for the rest of the game.
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“This was a huge series sweep,” Walton said. “We have a lot of respect for LSU as a program. For us to take three is a tremendous accomplishment for our program.”
The Gators next take on the USF Bulls at home Wednesday with a double-header starting at 4 p.m. The first 500 fans will receive a Gator softball courtesy of Dodge