Friday February 27, 2009No. 2 Softball Rolls over USF, 8-0, in Six Innings
No. 2/2 University of Florida continued its winning ways, defeating USF, 8-0, in six innings on Friday night in its second game of the Cox Invitational. Seniors Kim Waleszonia (Fontana, Calif.) and Ali Gardiner (Waccabuc, N.Y.) were perfect on the night, going 3-for-3 and 2-for-2, respectively, in the victory.
Senior Stacey Nelson (Los Alamitos, Calif.) struck out a season-high 12 of the 20 batters she faced in her seventh win of the season. Kristen Gordon (1-2) recorded the loss for the Bulls (11-6), allowing 14 hits on the day.
The Gators struck early, scoring four runs in the bottom of the first. With two outs and Waleszonia on second and Gardiner on first, each hitting a single, sophomore Kelsey Bruder (Corona, Calif.) doubled to deep left field to score both base runners. Junior Corrie Brooks (Christmas, Fla.) singled through the left side to move Bruder to third, which was followed by sophomore Megan Bush’s (Anaheim Hills, Calif.) single to score two more runners and give UF a four-run advantage.
Nelson kept things going, striking out the side in the top of the second. Senior B (Dunedin, Fla.) started off the bottom of the inning with a single up the middle and stole second to put herself in scoing position. Waleszonia bunted for single, which got Hilberth to third. Gardiner scored her catcher on her first sac fly of the season.
Florida added two more in the bottom of the fourth with one out. Waleszonia used her precision and speed to bunt for another single and give Gardiner a base runner. The first baseman hit a bomb to left field which hugged the foul pole for her second home run of the season.
In the bottom of the fifth, freshman Alicia Sisco (Cooper City, Fla.) recorded her first collegiate hit, batting as a pinch hitter and knocking one up the middle over the second baseman’s head. Nelson retired the side again in the top of the sixth.
The Gators came to bat in the bottom of the sixth inning with a 7-0 lead. With one out, sophomore Kristine Priebe (Moorpark, Calif.) came in as a pinch hitter. She hit a high infield fly ball which dropped between three USF players and landed Priebe, who never stopped running, on second base. Junior Francesca Enea (Woodland Hills, Calif.) singled up the middle to score Priebe and end the game as the Gators recorded their eighth run of the night and shut out their 11th opponent of the season.
Nelson allowed only two hits, both coming after the third inning. The senior did not walk a single batter in the win.
The Gators return to action on the second day of the Cox Invitational, playing Illinois at 4 p.m. and Texas Tech at 6:15 p.m. Florida defeated the Red Raiders earlier in the season, 11-0, in five innings.