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Thursday February 24, 2011No. 4/5 Florida Softball Tops Indiana, 7-0; Awaits No. 11/12 Texas at 8 p.m. PST

PALM SPRINGS, Calif.

No. 4/5 Florida softball chalked up its fourth all-time win over Indiana, improving to 10-0 on the season, after defeating the Hoosiers 7-0 Thursday morning in Palm Springs. Florida used a two-run third inning, a four-run rally with two outs in the sixth inning and a Brittany Schutte (Fountain Valley, Calif.) score off a Samantha Holle (Tampa, Fla.) double  in the seventh to down IU in its opening game at the Cathedral City Classic Thursday.

 

Florida will take on No. 11/12 Texas Thursday evening at 8 p.m. (PST). A complete recap and results for both of UF’s Thursday match-ups can be found on www.GatorZone.com following Florida vs. Texas.

 

Freshman righty Hannah Rogers (Lake Wales, Calif.) tallied the win for the Gators against the Hoosiers, improving to 4-0 on the season. Rogers retired seven batters by strikeout and walked just three, giving up just two hits in seven innings of work. With the shutout, Florida has now blanked eight of 10 opponents this season.

 

Indiana’s Morgan Melloh (4-6) tallied the loss for the Hoosiers, allowing seven runs on seven hits and walking nine, but striking out 14 Gator batters.

 

Florida struck first at the top of the third inning on a Kelsey Bruder (Corona, Calif.) sacrifice fly, which brought home Holle, who reached after drawing the walk from Melloh. Up next, senior Megan Bush (Anaheim Hills, Calif.) singled and reached second on the throw, advancing junior Michelle Moultrie (Jacksonville, Fla.) to third and scoring freshman Kasey Fagan (Dunnellon, Fla.), who reached base with a single to right center, to take the Orange and Blue ahead early, 2-0.

 

The Gators, who have drawn 52 walks so far this season, stayed true to form in the top of the sixth. Following a Bush double to right center and a Schutte strikeout, Florida drew three walks from freshman Cheyenne Coyle (West Hills, Calif.), senior Tiffany DeFelice (Coral Springs, Fla.) and Fagan. With Fagan’s walk, junior Ellie Langley (Spring Hill, Fla.) scored as a pinch runner for Bush, still leaving bases loaded with two outs for senior Aja Paculba (Wildomar, Fla.), who also walked to score Coyle. A Moultrie blooper to left center resulted in two RBI, Fagan and pinch runner Ashley Snedeker (Bloomington, Minn.) for DeFelice to give UF a 6-0 lead.

 

Florida added the final run in the seventh with two outs thanks to a Holle double to left field, which brought in Schutte, who reached on a single of her own.

 

Having scored 89 runs this season to opponents’ three, UF will look to take capitalize on its momentum against the Longhorns Thursday evening.

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