Sunday March 15, 2009No. 1 Softball's Nelson Pitched No-Hitter in Shutout of Ole Miss
Senior right-hander Stacey Nelson (Los Alamitos, Calif.) pitched her first career no-hitter as the No. 1/1 University of Florida softball team defeated Ole Miss, 4-0, on Sunday afternoon in at the Ole Miss Softball Complex. The Gators (27-2, 8-0 SEC) shut down the Rebels (11-12, 0-6 SEC) in the three-game weekend series, outscoring them, 18-0, and outhitting them, 22-9.
Nelson (14-2) recorded seven strikeouts while allowing one walk and hitting one batter over 7.0 innings. With the win, she improved her career record to 109-33, tying for 25th on the NCAA all-time wins list with Jennie Finch (Arizona, 2000-03).
Sophomore Aja Pacubla (Wildomar, Calif.) led the way for the Gators in the batter’s box, going 3-for-4 with a double, an RBI and a stolen base.
It did not take UF long to get on the board. Sophomore Kelsey Bruder (Corona, Calif.) drew a four-pitch walk with one out in the first. Senior Ali Gardiner (Waccabuc, N. Y.) hit a long fly ball to the wall in center field for a double and bringing Bruder around to score.
Sophomore Megan Bush (Anaheim Hills, Calif.) added to Florida lead in the top of the fourth when she recorded her second home run of series. Junior Corrie Brooks (Christmas, Fla.) reached first when she knocked a hard-hit ball to the shortstop and beat the throw to first. With one on, Bush laced a shot down the left field line that hit the foul pole for the shortstop’s seventh round tripper of the season.
Still in the fourth with two outs, freshman Michelle Moultrie (Jacksonville, Fla.) kept the Gators alive with a single past the second baseman. Classmate Alicia Sisco (Cooper City, Fla.) followed with a single of her own through the right side. Pacubla knocked in her 20th run of the season with a double down the left field line, scoring the speedy Moultrie and giving the Gators a 4-0 lead.
Paculba and Bush hit .500 in the series with Ole Miss as Paculba recorded two doubles and two RBI while Bush tallied two home runs, five RBI and a double. Bruder went 4-for-10 with an RBI.
Florida returns to action on Wednesday, March 18 to host FIU in doubleheader slated to begin at 4 p.m. The Gators hold a 4-2 all-time advantage over the Golden Panthers and are currently riding a 14-game home winning streak.