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Tuesday April 9, 2013Softball: UF & USF Clash for Second Time This Season Wednesday

Gainesville, Fla.

The No. 3/4 Gator softball team (38-4, 12-3 SEC) will look to get back in the wins column Wednesday when it hosts USF (32-11, 10-1 BIG EAST) after a weekend series against Mississippi State at home April 5-7. Florida won its fifth conference series of the season with victories Friday and Saturday before the Bulldogs took the series finale Sunday, 6-5.

 

Wednesday’s meeting with the USF Bulls will be the second between the two squads this season, as the Gators walked away with a 3-1 victory Feb. 27 in Tampa. After a Kenshyra Jackson solo homer in the fourth to take USF up, 1-0, the Gators used a freshman Kirsti Merritt (Lake Panasoffkee, Fla.) RBI single, followed directly by a sophomore Lauren Haeger (Peoria, Ariz.) two-run bomb to go ahead of USF for good, 3-1.

 

First pitch between the Gators and Bulls is slated for 6 p.m. from UF’s Katie Seashole Pressly Stadium.

 

Ranked second in the Division I Softball RPI and sitting atop the SEC standings thus far with an .800 win percentage, UF additionally ranks third in the country in win-loss percentage overall (.905). The Gators check in sixth in fielding percentage nationally (.979) and eighth in team ERA (1.61) in the latest NCAA Division I Rankings, released Monday.

 

Florida is scoring 7.02 runs per game to rank 10th in the nation, while also knocking 1.36 homers per game (10th), including a staggering 11 grand slams. Florida’s 2.07 stolen bases per game check in 11th, while the Gators are slugging .519 (13th) and knocking 0.31 triples per game (15th), paced by freshman Kelsey Stewart’s (Wichita, Kan.) seven.

 

Junior ace Hannah Rogers (Lake Wales, Fla.), who tossed her first career complete-game no-hitter Friday, ranks fourth in the NCAA in wins (22), 12th in shutouts (6) and 17th in ERA (1.31). Rogers’ three saves rank 19th in the country.

 

Having already tied UF’s single-season record with 15 hit-by-pitches – and with UF chasing the single-season school record 59 with 55 already this season – sophomore Briana Little (Middleburg, Fla.) checks in ninth in the country in HBP per game (0.41).

 

Conference-wise, Florida leads the SEC in runs scored (295), doubles (60), triples (13), total plate appearances (1379), walks (222), hit-by-pitch (55), ERA (1.61), wins (38) and chances (1175).

 

UF | USF BROADCAST INFORMATION

DATE

TIME

VIDEO

RADIO

STATS

4/10

6 pm

WATCH (GVO)

LISTEN

TRACK

 

LAST TIME OUT FOR FLORIDA

The Gator softball team went 3-1 in the last week of play, first defeating UCF 2-1 in five innings after a called game due to weather last Wednesday. UF then won its fifth confer­ence series of the season with wins Friday and Saturday against Missis­sippi State in Gainesville, using a Rogers no-hitter Friday, UF’s 11th run-rule of the season, to kick things off. Florida downed MSU, 9-1 in six, before taking game two Saturday, 4-2, its 14th come-from-behind win of the season. The Bulldogs hung on Sunday to take the series fi­nale, 6-5. Florida is now 38-4 overall in 2013, 12-3 in SEC play. For Rogers, the complete-game no-hitter was the first of her career, adding to her resume that includes a combined perfect game, four CG one-hitters and three combined one-hitters during her time at Florida. Haeger earned the win in the circle Saturday, while Rogers added her third save of the season with an inning of scoreless relief. UF hit one grand slam each day of the series against Mississippi State, using junior Stepha­nie Tofft’s (Lincoln, Calif.) Friday, sophomore Jess Damico’s (Gray Summit, Mo.) Saturday for the game-winner, and freshman Taylore Fuller’s (Trenton, Fla.) Sunday to chip away at a five-run deficit. For Tofft, Damico and Fuller, the grand slams were their first as Gators, contributing to 11 total grand slams for the Orange and Blue this season. Florida senior outfielder and Senior Class Award finalist senior Kelsey Horton (Valrico, Fla.) led UF at the plate through the last week, turning in a .667 clip in the MSU se­ries with four this, five runs, a double, two homers, five RBI, 11 total bases and four walks. Her three-run homer Friday was the game-winner for UF.

 

FLORIDA | SOUTH FLORIDA STATISTICALLY

UF

Category

USF

38-4

Record

32-11

12-3

Conference Record

10-1

.277

Batting Average

.255

1061

At Bats

1071

295

Runs

179

294

Hits

273

60

Doubles

35

13

Triples

5

57

Home Runs

38

257

Runs Batted In

161

.519

Slugging Percentage

 .403

87-97

Stolen Bases/Attempts

52-66

222

Walks

116

268

Strikeouts

180

.424

On-Base Percentage

 .340

1.61

Team ERA

1.23

6.60

Opponent ERA

3.46

4

Saves

9

102

Walks

103

282

Strikeouts

364

.203

Batting Average Against

 .156

25

Errors

38

 

SCOUTING USF

South Florida enters the match-up with the Gators riding a nine-game winning streak, with its last loss a 3-2 decision to conference opponent Rutgers in Tampa March 23. The loss to Rutgers is USF’s lone slip up through a 10-1 performance in BIG EAST play so far in 2013. Overall, the Bulls are 32-11 this season with a notable win over Michigan (W, 3-2) and a victory against Southeastern Conference opponent South Carolina (W, 5-3). USF has also played Tennessee (L, 11-0) and Kentucky (L, 6-3; 9 inn.) from the SEC this season. USF is a perfect 6-0 on the road in 2013.

 

Three Bulls are batting over .300 entering Wednesday’s showdown, paced by Kourtney Salvarola who boasts a .368 clip with 42 hits, eight doubles, 12 homers and a team-best 34 RBI through the year. Stephanie Medina checks in with a .339 average, while Lee Ann Spivey owns a .324 batting average with a team-high 11 doubles to go with four homers. Sisters Ashli and Courtney Goff are the biggest threat on the base paths for USF, Ashli being 9-13 in stolen bases, while Courtney has successfully swiped 9-of-11.

 

Workhorse Sara Nevins has pitched a team-high 134.1 innings for USF with 164 strikeouts. Nevins is 16-5 in the circle for the Bulls and owns a 1.04 ERA. Lindsey Richardson has a team-low 0.97 ERA with 157 Ks through 108.0 innings pitched. Richardson is 10-3 and has four saves. Nevins additionally has five saves as the duo has combined for nine on the season. Sam Greiner (3-1, 1.68 ERA) and Erica Nunn (3-2, 2.66 ERA) round out the USF pitching staff.

 

UF | USF SERIES HISTORY

Florida leads the series, 34-13

Home: 15-8 | Away: 16-3 | Neutral: 3-2

 

Date

Location

W/L

Score

2/25/97

Tampa, Fla.

L

3-2

2/25/97

Tampa, Fla.

W

4-1

4/10/97

Gainesville, Fla.

W

1-0 (8)

4/10/97

Gainesville, Fla.

L

2-0

2/15/98

Gainesville, Fla.

W

3-0

3/7/98

Tampa, Fla.

L

5-0

4/25/98

Gainesville, Fla.

W

1-0

4/25/98

Gainesville, Fla.

L

4-1

5/15/98

Clearwater, Fla.

L

1-0

2/14/99

Gainesville, Fla.

L

5-1

4/14/99

Tampa, Fla.

W

1-0

4/14/99

Tampa, Fla.

W

4-1

2/12/00

Gainesville, Fla.

W

2-1 (8)

2/13/00

Gainesville, Fla.

W

10-0

4/19/00

Gainesville, Fla.

W

4-0

4/19/00

Gainesville, Fla.

L

4-0

2/9/01

Gainesville, Fla.

W

4-3

2/11/01

Gainesville, Fla.

W

2-1

4/25/01

Tampa, Fla.

W

7-1

4/25/01

Tampa, Fla.

W

4-0

2/9/02

Gainesville, Fla.

L

5-3

2/9/02

Gainesville, Fla.

W

4-1

4/10/02

Tampa, Fla.

W

7-4

4/10/02

Tampa, Fla.

W

8-0 (5)

2/7/03

Gainesville, Fla.

W

4-3

4/2/03

Tampa, Fla.

W

3-1

4/2/03

Tampa, Fla.

W

9-7

2/6/04

Gainesville, Fla.

L

2-1

5/21/04

Tallahassee, Fla.

L

8-1

2/12/05

Gainesville, Fla.

W

7-5

3/5/05

Tampa, Fla.

W

6-5

4/13/05

Tampa, Fla.

L

5-2

2/15/06

Gainesville, Fla.

W

3-2 (8)

3/1/06

Tampa, Fla.

W

2-0

2/14/07

Tampa, Fla.

W

2-1

2/14/07

Tampa, Fla.

W

4-1

2/10/08

Tampa, Fla.

W

5-1

2/27/09

Gainesville, Fla.

W

8-0 (6)

3/1/09

Gainesville, Fla.

W

9-1 (5)

2/14/10

Clearwater, Fla.

W

12-8

3/25/10

Gainesville, Fla.

W

10-0 (5)

2/13/11

Clearwater, Fla.

W

12-0 (5)

3/13/11

Clearwater, Fla.

W

10-2 (6)

3/12/12

Tampa, Fla.

W

3-2 (8)

3/28/12

Gainesville, Fla.

L

4-1

5/20/12

Gainesville, Fla.

L

1-0

2/27/13

Tampa, Fla.

W

3-1

 

NEXT UP

Following the mid-week match-up with USF, the Orange and Blue will hit the road for a three-game SEC series at Kentucky April 12-14. The weekend set will serve as UF’s third-to-last conference series of the season, with just Georgia (April 26-28) and South Carolina (May 3-5) remaining before the 2013 SEC Tournament. The Wildcats have taken five of the last six meetings between the two teams, sweeping UF in Lexington in 2011 before taking two-of-three from Florida in Gainesville last season. Saturday’s game (4/13) will air live on ESPNU with Cara Capuano and Cheri Kempf on the call.

 

For live updates, box scores, stats, pictures and recaps throughout the season, be sure to visit UF on GatorZone, follow the Gators on Twitter and visit the team on Facebook for all the latest on Gator softball. For broadcast and television information, visit the UF softball schedule page.

 

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