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Saturday February 16, 2013Gator Softball Improves to 10-0 With Wins Over Western Carolina and Savannah State Saturday

Gainesville, Fla.

Florida softball was back on the diamond Saturday in the second day of the Lipton Invitational at KSP Stadium, and the Orange and Blue added two victories to improve to an unscathed 10-0 on the season. The Gators topped Western Carolina, 5-0, and Savannah State, 14-0 (5 inn), the second meeting this weekend between UF and SSU.

 

Florida has shut out its opponents in all four Lipton Invite games thus far, run-ruling three of them. UF will cap off a seven-game week with its final two games of the home tournament this season Sunday with a second match-up against UNC Wilmington and a tilt with Charleston Southern.

 

Florida is off to a 10-0 start for the third-consecutive season and with their 19 runs in Saturday’s two games, the Gators have now out-scored their opponents 94-13 this season, including 41-0 on the weekend. UF has collaborated for 16 extra-base hits this weekend.

 

Junior ace Hannah Rogers (Lake Wales, Fla.) earned the start – and victory – in the circle for the Gators against Western Carolina to improve to 4-0 on the season with the four-hit shutout, her second shutout of the season. In the second Gator game of the day, sophomore Alyssa Bache (Clearwater, Fla.) put on a career-best performance, working her way to a third victory this season, her second against Savannah State in as many days, with a two-hit shutout and eight strikeouts Saturday after posting a one-hit shutout in the Friday evening match up with the Tigers.

 

For Bache, the career-best nine Ks topped her previous best five strikeouts.

 

Freshman Aubree Munro’s (Brea, Calif.) bat came alive Saturday, as the first-year catcher went 2-for-3 (.667) with a double and triple, scored two runs and pushed three others across the plate. Sophomore Jessica Damico (Gray Summit, Mo.) also batted .667 on the day, going 2-for-3 with a three-run homer against the Catamounts.

 

After a 5-0 win over WCU in UF’s first game of the day, Florida exploded on offense for a 14-run, eight-hit performance against Savannah State. UF posted an eight spot in the first inning and six runs in the third against the Tigers.

 

Sophomore Bailey Castro (Pembroke Pines, Fla.), junior Stephanie Tofft (Lincoln, Calif.), sophomore Katie Medina (Downey, Calif.) and Munro all collaborated with RBIs in the first inning against Savannah State in game two for an eight-run, four-hit stanza for the Orange and Blue. Florida then exploded for a six-run, four-hit third frame, highlighted by Munro’s triple and a junior Ensley Gammel (Bakersfield, Calif.) three-run jack, her second homer of the year to shut down the Tigers.

 

Bache fanned a career-high nine batters, including two in the top of the fifth, to secure the game for the Gators.

 

SSU hurler Amanda McDowell dropped to 1-2 on the season. Megan Uhrman and Torrian Wright connected for a hit each to account for Savannah State’s two hits in the tilt with Florida.

 

In UF’s first game of the day against WCU, six different Gators connected for hits against the Catamounts, led by Damico’s 1-for-1 game with a three-run blast.

 

A Merritt RBI double started things off for UF against the Catamounts in the top of the first for the early 1-0 Gator lead and it wasn’t until the fifth that Florida put up its next run after a spark on defense when sophomore Briana Little (Middleburg, Fla.) laid out for a ball in foul territory to retire WCU in the bottom of the fourth.

 

Little then led off the top of the fifth for the Gators with a single through the left side, swiped second and moved to third on a wild pitch to get into scoring position. Next up, freshman Taylore Fuller (Trenton, Fla.) drew a one-out walk and swiped second for two runners in scoring position for the Orange and Blue. Medina proceeded to plate her first run of the year on a ground out that moved Little home to take the Gators up, 2-0, after the fifth.

 

A Damico three-run round-tripper, her first of the season, extended the Gator lead, 5-0, after Florida’s turn at the plate in the sixth frame thanks to a three-run, three-hit outing for Florida in the inning. A Lauren Haeger (Peoria, Ariz.) hit to left and a Castro base hit to center put runners on first and second to set up Damico’s three-run bomb for the Gators’ final three runs of game one.

 

WCU pitcher Taylor Sigmon was 2-for-2 at the plate to aid the Catamounts’ offensive efforts, accounting for half her team’s hits against the Gators, but the righty was tagged with her first loss of the season in the circle as WCU moved to 5-3 on the season.

 

The final day of the Lipton Invitational kicks off Sunday at 9:30 a.m. at Santa Fe College with Western Carolina and Savannah State and the Orange and Blue will be back at it Sunday with the final two games of the tournament against UNC Wilmington (1 p.m.) and Charleston Southern (3:30 p.m.) at Katie Seashole Pressly Stadium.

 

Fans planning to attend UF’s Sunday Lipton Invitational games at KSP should plan to arrive early, as parking will be impacted by Gainesville’s Five Points of Life Marathon.

 

All broadcast information, including GameTracker, radio and GatorVision live streaming links for the 2013 Lipton Invitational can be found on UF’s schedule page.

 

Be sure to follow the Gators on Twitter and visit the team on Facebook for all the latest on Gator softball.

 

FLORIDA VERSUS ITS REMAINING LIPTON INVITE OPPONENTS

Date

Opponent

Location/Field

Game Time (ET)

Series Notes

2/17

UNC Wilmington

Katie Seashole Pressly Stadium

1 p.m.

UF leads, 1-0

2/17

Charleston Southern

Katie Seashole Pressly Stadium

3:30 p.m.

First meeting

 

 

 

 

 

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