The No. 2
University of Florida Softball team (55-2, 23-1 SEC) added two more wins on the
season with a doubleheader sweep of Auburn
(34-18, 10-13 SEC) Saturday afternoon at Katie Seashole
Pressly Stadium. A crowd of 1,441 was on hand to
watch the Gators win 3-1 and 7-2 and honor senior Mary Ratliff (Mt. Sterling, Ky.)
prior to the game.
(Woodland Hills, Calif.),
junior Kim Waleszonia
and freshman Aja Paculba (Wildomar, Calif.) led the Gator offense with 3-for-6 performances.
Enea tallied four RBI on the day to lead the team. Waleszonia led the team with three runs scored. Paculba scored only one run, but that run set a new
individual record for runs scored in a season.
Gators got on the board right away in the bottom of the first of game one. Waleszonia led off with a base
hit to shallow center. Paculba followed with a base
hit down the right line, just over the head of the Auburn
first baseman. She moved to second on the play as the Tigers attempted to throw
Waleszonia out at first. With one out, Enea drove a base hit up the middle to score Waleszonia and Paculba for the
2-0 Gator lead. Paculba’s run was her 50th of the
season, setting a new Florida
record for runs in a season, besting the previous record set by Jennifer Lutsi in 2000.
Auburn narrowed the Gator lead to 2-1 in
the top of the fourth. Myesha Finney led off with an
infield base hit. Jorja Bell drew a one-out walk.
Megan Mitchell entered the game to pinch run for Bell. Finney scored on a Florida error on a fielder’s choice play as
the Gators attempted to throw Mitchell out at first. A second fielder’s choice
play put Kyndall White out at second and left Auburn runners at first and third. Krista Clyde was hit
by a pitch to load the bases, but Starr Dorsey flew out to Waleszonia
in center to end the inning and the Tiger scoring threat.
Florida took its two-run lead back in its
half of the fifth. Waleszonia dropped a bunt single
right in front of the plate to lead off the inning. Paculba’s
sacrifice moved her to second. She came around to score on a double by junior Ali Gardiner (Waccabuc, N.Y.)
for the 3-1 Gator lead. Angel Bunner replaced Lauren Schmalz in the circle for Auburn and shut down the final two Gator
batters to end the inning.
Junior Stacey Nelson (Los Alamitos, Calif.)
struck out eight Tiger batters, while only giving up three hits to win her 34th
game of the season, tying her own school record, set last season. Schmalz took the loss for Auburn to move to 6-2 on the year.
Auburn plated the first run of game two
as they scored on a hit, a walk and two Gator errors in the top of the second. Katie
Colton started the inning drawing a one-out walk on a full count. She stole
second and advanced to third on the errant throw. Dorsey reached on a Gator
error, allowing Colton
to score for the 1-0 Tiger lead. A bunt single by Cassie Trosclair
put another Auburn runner on base, but the
Gator defense took care of the next two batters to end the half inning down by
only a run.
Florida used a seven-run, 10-batter
second to take the lead. Senior Mary
Sterling, Ky.) drew a
lead off walk. She scored on a double to right center by freshman Megan Bush (Anaheim Hills, Calif.).
Junior Kristina Hilberth
added an infield base hit. Sophomore Corrie Brooks
brought Bush home with a base hit up the middle. Waleszonia’s
base hit up the middle brought Hilberth home. Waleszonia and Brooks moved to second and third on the play
as the Tigers attempted to get Hilberth at home. Brooks
crossed the plate on a wild pitch, to put Florida up 4-1. Paculba’s
infield base hit scored Waleszonia from third for a
four-run Gator lead. For the second tiem in the day,
Brunner came in as the Auburn reliever, this
time relieving game two starter Brittany Day. Gardiner knocked a base hit to
left, but Paculba was thrown out at third on the play
for the second out of the inning. Enea blasted her
13th home run of the season out in left field plating the sixth and seventh
Gator runs of the inning on the seventh hit of the inning.
Auburn added one run in the top of the
seventh. With one out, Trosclair singled to left.
Finney followed with a base hit to left center, moving Trosclair
to third and advancing to second on the throw. White’s ground out to short
scored Trosclair for the final run of the game,
making the score 7-2.
freshman Stephanie Brombacher
(Pembroke Pines, Fla.) struck out eight batters and scattered
three hits through the game to improve to 18-0 on the season. Day took the loss
for Auburn to
move to 10-5.
teams will face off in the final regular season home game of the season for the
Gators at 1 p.m. on Sunday. The first 250 fans at Katie Seashole
Pressly Stadium will receive a trading card featuring
senior Mary Ratliff.