The No. 3
University of Florida softball team (48-2) scored 20 runs on the way to a
doubleheader sweep of instate foe Florida
State (32-21). The Gators
took game one 6-1, and then won game two 14-4, for the largest margin of
victory by either team in the all-time series. The win was the first Gator win
Gators scored their 20 runs on 19 hits, 11 walks, five hit batters and five Florida State errors. Sophomore Francesca Enea
(Woodland Hills, Calif.) led the team with a 5-for-7 performance
with two runs scored, two RBI, a double and a walk. Freshman Tiffany DeFelice
(Coral Springs, Fla.) led the team with five RBI. Senior Mary Ratliff (Mt. Sterling, Ky.) scored four runs on the night to lead
Florida took a 3-0 lead in the top of the
first. Junior Kim Waleszonia
drew a lead off walk on a full count from FSU pitcher Tiffany McDonald.
McDonald hit freshman Aja Paculba (Wildomar, Calif.) with a pitch. Junior Ali Gardiner (Waccabuc, N.Y.)
drove a line drive back at McDonald that ricochet off her glove into right
field, allowing Waleszonia to score and Paculba to advance to third. Enea
ripped a shot through the left side for a double to score Paculba.
With two outs, Gardiner scored the third run of the inning on a wild pitch.
Florida made the score 4-0 in the top of
the second. With one out, sophomore Corrie Brooks
knocked a base hit up the middle. She advanced to second on a Waleszonia sacrifice bunt and Walezonia
was safe at first on a Seminole error. Two passed balls allowed Brooks to score
for the four-run Gator lead.
Florida State narrowed the Gator lead in the
bottom half of the second. Robin Ahrberg doubled to
left center. With one out, Monica Montez hit a second double down the right
line to score Ahrberg for the 4-1 score.
Florida got its four-run lead back in the
top of the third. Ratliff drew a lead off walk. She scored on a double to left
center by DeFelice.
Gator run scored in the fifth. Freshman Megan
Bush (Anaheim Hills, Calif.) reached and advanced to second on a
Seminole error to lead off the inning. She moved to third on a DeFelice sacrifice. Junior Kristina Hilberth’s (Dunedin, Fla.)
ground out to second scored Bush for what would be the final 6-1 win for the Gators.
pitcher Stacey Nelson (Los Alamitos,
Calif.) improved to 31-2 on the
year with the win. She struck out nine batters, while scattering four hits and
walking three. McDonald took the loss to move to 13-8 on the year. She gave up
six hits, walked six and stuck out nine Gator batters.
The Florida offense went to
work in game two as they put up 14 runs in the five inning game.
Florida State took the first lead of the game
in the bottom of the first. Whitney Buckmon reached
on an infield base hit with one out. She stole second and advanced to third on
a Gator error. She crossed the plate on a Jessica Gilmore base hit to give the
Seminoles the 1-0 lead. Florida
ended the inning with an unassisted double play to Gardiner at first.
Florida took the lead in the top of the
second and never looked back. Enea led off with an
infield single. She advanced to third on a Ratliff double up the middle. DeFelice walked to load the bases with no outs. A Bush base
hit up the middle scored Enea to tie the game. Hilberth reached on a fielder’s choice as Ratliff was
thrown out at the plate for the first out of the inning. The Gators took the
lead on a Brooks base hit that plated DeFelice.
led off the Gator half of the third with a base hit up the middle. Junior Danyell Hines (Bryan, Texas)
came in the game to pinch run for her and stole second. With one out, Ratliff
knocked a base hit up the middle, moving Hines to third. Ratliff stole second
to put two runners in scoring position for DeFelice. DeFelice hit a double down the left field line for two RBI.
Hilberth slapped a two-out single, putting Gator
runners at first and third. She then stole second. Brooks drew a two-out walk
to load the bases. Waleszonia’s double to down the
left field line added to more runs, giving the Gators the 7-1 lead.
Florida State reduced the Gator lead two three
runs in the bottom of the third. Carly Wynn started
the Seminoles with an infield base hit. With two outs, Gilmore knocked a base
hit through the left side. Brittany Osmon’s double to
left center scored both runners. Then Osmon came home
on Monica Montez’s base hit to left for the final Seminole run of the game.
got the Gators started again in the fourth with a base hit up the middle. Enea singled and Melissa May came in to replace Florida State starter Terese
Gober in the circle. May hit back-to-back Gator
runners to load the bases and bring in a run. Enea
and Ratliff both came in on May wild pitches to make the score 10-4 in favor of
Florida added four more runs in the top
of the fifth. Gober came back in the game to start
the inning in the circle for Florida
State. She gave up a bunt
single to Waleszonia to start the inning. Junior Brooke Johnson (Lakeland, Fla.)
was hit by a pitch. Gardiner walked to load the bases. An Enea
single scored Waleszonia. Johnson scored on a passed
ball, leaving runners on second and third. Ratliff walked to load the bases
again. DeFelice added another RBI to her tally as
Gardiner scored on a fielder’s choice and Enea was put
out at third. Bush reached on another fielder’s choice as Bush was put out at
second for the second out of the inning, leaving Ratliff at third. Freshman Kristine Priebe
(Moorpark, Calif.) walked to load the bases one more
time. Brooks was hit by a pitch to bring in Ratliff for Florida’s 14th and final run of the game.
pitcher Stephanie Brombacher
(Pembroke Pines, Fla.) and the Gator defense put the
Seminoles down in order in the home half of the fifth to end the game by the
eight-run rule with the Gators winning 14-4.
Brombacher threw the complete game to improve to 15-0 on the season. She gave up
eight hits and struck out five, while not giving up a walk in the game. Gober took the loss for Florida State
to move to 9-10 on the year.
Florida returns to the friendly confines of Katie Seashole Pressly Stadium on
Saturday and Sunday for a three-game series with SEC East opponent Kentucky. There will be
a fun zone for children under 12 both days. Saturday is Dollar Day and hot dogs
and other select concession items will cost only $1. The first 250 fans in the
stadium will receive free Gator Softball key chains courtesy of GRU. The first
game of the doubleheader is set to begin at 1 p.m. and will be broadcast live