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Saturday April 20, 2013No. 3/4 Softball Sweeps Doubleheader Against Longwood Saturday, Improves to 44-5 This Season

Gainesville, Fla.

The Florida pitching duo of junior Hannah Rogers (Lake Wales, Fla.) and sophomore Lauren Haeger (Peoria, Ariz.) combined for 21 strikeouts on the day and junior Stephanie Tofft (Lincoln, Calif.) went 5-for-7 with a double, triple, two homers and five RBI as the No. 3/4 Florida softball squad swept Longwood in a Saturday doubleheader with 5-1 and 9-5 victories at Katie Seashole Pressly Stadium. Game three of the series kicks off at 1 p.m. Sunday.


Rogers (7.0 IP, 5 H, 1 ER, 0 BB, 11 K) fanned a season-high 11 batters in game one of the twin bill to improve to 24-3, while Haeger (7.0 IP, 6 H, 3 ER, 2 BB, 10 K) struck with a season-high10 Ks in the nightcap to boost her season record to 12-2 in the circle. Tofft batted .714 on the day (5-for-7), including a 2-for-3 performance in game one, followed by a 3-for-4 display in game two with a double, triple, homer and four RBI for the Orange and Blue en route to a 9-5 win to keep UF an undefeated 13-0 against Longwood all-time.


The Gators (44-5, 14-4 SEC) dropped five bombs in the doubleheader against the Lancers (33-13, 13-5 BIG SOUTH), with two each from Tofft and sophomore Briana Little (Middleburg, Fla.) – one in each game – while Haeger connected in game two. Tofft, Haeger and freshman Kelsey Stewart (Wichita, Kan.) all had doubles in the double dip, as Tofft (5), Haeger (3), Little (2) and Stewart (3) all had multiple hit performances on the day to contribute to UF’s 16.


After the clash between the two programs was pushed back four hours due to rain in the Gainesville area, UF jumped out the gates in game one with a two-run first frame to set up a 5-1 win. Florida used a Haeger RBI single up the middle and a Schwarz RBI single through the left side – which counted as her sixth consecutive hit dating back to the Kentucky finale – for the 2-0 lead after the initial stanza.


Rogers struck with two Ks each in the first, second and third stanzas to keep the Lancers off the board, but an Emily Murphy infield single off Rogers’ glove in the fourth plated Longwood’s lone run of the contest. Rogers finished the fourth inning with a strikeout and sat the side down in the fifth with three straight swinging Ks before UF added three runs on two hits in the sixth for some insurance and the 5-1 eventual final.


Tofft first slapped a leadoff sky high homer to the scoreboard in left center to take the Gators up 3-1 in the bottom of the sixth, before Schwarz walked and stole second to set up a Little two-run jack for the 5-1 lead.


Six Gators found the hits column in game one, as UF put up seven in the contest to Longwood’s five. Lancer starter Libby Morris (5.0 IP, 7 H, 3 ER, 3 BB, 1K) shouldered the game one loss to move to 14-6 on the year and Murphy paced Longwood at the plate with a 2-for-3 day in the first of the two tilts.


Haeger earned the start for the Orange and Blue in the nightcap, while lefty hurler Brooke Short earned the start for the Lancers in game two. UF scattered one run each in the first and second, two in the third and rallied for a five-run, three-hit fourth stanza for nine runs in all, while Longwood had a two-run third inning before a three-run seventh-inning rally.


Tofft first struck with a RBI double in the bottom of the initial stanza to plate Haeger, who reached on an errant throw by the LU shortstop, for the 1-0 lead. The Gators steadily added to their lead, using a Little leadoff solo shot in the second for a 2-0 advantage after Haeger retired three of seven batters through two innings via strikeout.


Longwood made things interesting with a two-run third inning to knot the score 2-2, capitalizing on a Gator fielding error for one run before a Megan Baltzell sacrifice fly plated the Lancers’ second run of the game.


A Tofft two-run blast to right field allowed the Gators to regain the 4-2 lead following the third, and a five-run fourth all but sealed the deal for the Orange and Blue. A Stewart one-out RBI double in the bottom of the fourth plated junior Ensley Gammel (Bakersfield, Calif.), who walked and moved to second on a sac bunt. Next, Stewart came around to score after being bunted to third and crossing the dish on an Ashley Cornell illegal pitch for the 6-2 advantage


Next up, Haeger ripped a solo bomb to left for the 7-2 lead before senior Kelsey Horton (Valrico, Fla.) walked to set up a Tofft two-run triple that plated sophomore Jess Damico (Gray Summit, Mo.), pinch running for Horton, and Tofft herself after a miscue on the relay in from right field.


Florida enjoyed a 9-2 advantage through the fifth and sixth innings before the Lancers started a late rally in the seventh, leading to a Baltzell three-run home run – her nation-leading 23rd – for a 9-5 differential. Haeger buckled down, though, catching Murphy looking for the final out of the game and her season-best 10th K.


For Haeger, the10 strikeouts were the most since fanning 11 in an outing April 14, 2012, against Auburn. Short (3.1 IP, 6 H, 5 ER, 3 BB, 2 K) was charged the loss for Longwood in the circle to move to 17-6 on the season.


The Gators and Lancers will meet Sunday in the series finale at Katie Seashole Pressly Stadium at 1 p.m.









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After the Orange and Blue wrap up conference play with Longwood this weekend, UF will complete the 2013 regular-season schedule with Georgia at home (4/26-28) before its conference finale at South Carolina (5/3-5/5). All three Georgia contests will air on television, with SunSports/FS Florida covering Friday, ESPNU Saturday and CSS Sunday. UF will then head back to Lexington, Ky., for the 2013 SEC Tournament May 8-11, hosted this year by Kentucky. The complete 2013 SEC Tournament will once again air on ESPNU, with the Championship Game slated to be broadcast on ESPN2.


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