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Delanie Gourley shut out Radford in the second game of Sunday's doubleheader sweep.

Sunday March 2, 2014No. 1 Gators Run Win Streak to 21 With Wins over Maryland, Radford

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Delanie Gourley shut out Radford in the second game of Sunday's doubleheader sweep.

BOX SCORE—Game 1 (Maryland)

BOX SCORE—Game 2 (Radford)


The No. 1-ranked Gator Softball team (21-0) swept a doubleheader on Sunday to close out the Diamond 9 Citrus Classic, defeating Maryland 16-0 (5 innings) and Radford 7-0 at the ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex.


Both wins were one-hitters by the Gators pitching staff, as Hannah Rogers (Lake Wales, Fla.) and Alyssa Bache (Clearwater, Fla.) combined to shut down the Terrapins, while Delanie Gourley (Lakeside, Calif.) pitched a complete game against the Highlanders. Rogers improved to 8-0 on the season, while Gourley ran her record to 7-0.


The Gators started fast against Maryland, scoring six runs in the opening inning. Highlights included a three-run home run by Bailey Castro (Pembroke Pines, Fla.) and an RBI double by Stephanie Tofft (Lincoln, Calif.). The other runs in the inning came on a bases-loaded walk by Justine McLean (Rancho Cucamonga, Calif.) and a fielder’s choice by Kelsey Stewart (Wichita, Kan.).


Florida added three more runs in the second inning with a two-run double from Kathlyn Medina (Downey, Calif.) and a sacrifice fly from Stewart. The Gators put an exclamation point on the game with seven runs in the fourth inning, starting with a two-run single by Lauren Haeger (Peoria, Ariz.). Tofft drew a bases-loaded walk three batters later to score Haeger before Medina logged another RBI single. Briana Little (Middleburg, Fla.) forced in a run when she drew a pinch-hit walk, and Aubree Munro (Brea, Calif.) did the same to put the Gators ahead 16-0, producing the final margin as Bache set the Terrapins down in order to seal the win.


Against the Highlanders, Stewart led off with a walk, stole second and then scored on Haeger’s sac fly. UF added two more runs in the third with a two-run double from Tofft. Stewart continued the scoring in the fourth with an RBI single and then scored from second on a bunt single by Merritt to put the Gators up 5-0.


In the fifth, Castro’s leadoff homer and an RBI single by Chelsea Herndon (Carrollton, Texas) finished the scoring in support of Gourley, who allowed a single in the third as her only hit of the day.



·         The 16 runs marked the sixth time this season UF has scored in double digits.

·         16 runs are UF’s second-highest output of the year (19, Feb. 15 vs. Ohio State).

·         Castro’s two home runs on Sunday were her first two homers of the year.

·         The Gators’ 21-game season-opening win streak is the second-longest run to open a season in program history; Florida’s best start ever was a 24-game run to begin the 2011 campaign.  



On the offense scoring 23 runs on the day:

“It was good. One of the great things about being able to put up a lot of runs is everybody gets a chance to play. We’ve got some players on this team who work hard in practice. To get them into the game today probably meant more to me than the number of runs we had. Giving everybody an opportunity to contribute to the team, that’s the part that I really enjoyed. The pitching staff was brilliant this weekend.”


On how the pitchers push each other to improve:

“It’s not pressure; it’s an expectation. If you want the ball, you’ve got to go out there and earn it. Our pitching staff has been brilliant.”


On what the Gators need to do with SEC play beginning next week:

“I think we just keep doing the same things we’re doing. There are a few things individually we need to adjust with certain players, and some of our players need to continue to do the same thing. In a three-game series versus one game at a time, you now have to make adjustments. Whether it’s pitching adjustments, defensive adjustments, hitting adjustments, the teams that make better adjustments and execute in clutch situations are the teams that are going to win series in the SEC.”



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The Gators are back in action Tuesday (March 4), when they host Boston College at 6 p.m. EST at Katie Seashole Pressly Stadium. Live stats will be available through Gametracker on the schedule page. Radio coverage will be available on WGGG (1230 AM), with Mike Gillespie and former Gator All-American Megan Bush on the call.  





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