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Taylor Schwarz hit a two-run single with the bases loaded in the fourth inning Wednesday in Tallahassee.

Wednesday April 9, 2014Gators Defeat FSU, 4-2, to Earn Seventh Straight Road Win in Series

Tallahassee, Fla.

Taylor Schwarz hit a two-run single with the bases loaded in the fourth inning Wednesday in Tallahassee.

BOX SCORE

 

The No. 6/8 Gator Softball team defeated No. 8/7 Florida State, 4-2, on Wednesday (April 9) at JoAnne Graf Field. Florida (35-8) received another strong performance in the circle from senior right-hander Hannah Rogers (Lake Wales, Fla.) who improved to 17-6 on the season as she allowed two runs (one earned) on five hits with five walks and four strikeouts in a complete-game effort.

 

The contest opened as a pitchers’ duel, with both pitchers firing blanks for the first three innings. Florida State posted a walk and a hit in the second, but Rogers ended the threat with a popout to second and a flyout to right. The Gators got on the board in the fourth when Taylor Schwarz (Palm Beach Gardens, Fla.) hit a bases-loaded single through the left side to score Briana Little (Middleburg, Fla.) and Kirsti Merritt (Lake Panasoffkee, Fla.).      

 

Rogers walked one batter and hit another in the bottom of the fourth, but induced two fielder’s choices and a groundout to keep the Seminoles scoreless. Kelsey Stewart (Wichita, Kan.) drew a two-out walk in the fifth before she was caught stealing for the third out. FSU had runners at first and third after a pair two-out singles off Rogers in the bottom of the inning, but Rogers induced a groundout to end the inning.   

 

The Seminoles cut Florida’s lead to 2-1 in the sixth with an RBI single down the right-field line. Stephanie Tofft (Lincoln, Calif.) was hit by a pitch in the seventh before Bailey Castro (Pembroke Pines, Fla.) hit a two-run, pinch-hit home run to left field that extended the Gator advantage to 4-1 and chased FSU starter Lacey Waldrop.  

 

Florida State added an unearned run in the bottom of the seventh on a one-out infield single, but the Seminoles got no closer as Rogers induced a popout and groundout to finish off Florida’s 4-2 win.

  

NOTABLES

·         Florida won its seventh consecutive game at JoAnne Graf Field, dating back to the 2008 season

·         Schwarz recorded her fifth multi-RBI game of the season, and her first since she drove in a career-high five runs March 16 at LSU.

·         The sophomore has six RBI in two career games in Tallahassee; she hit a two-run home run on April 17 of last year as part of a four-RBI game.

·         Castro’s home run was her fifth of the season, and her first since March 21 vs. Alabama.

·         Stewart extended her reached-base streak in nonconference games to 28 contests (every non-SEC game this season).

·         Rogers saw her scoreless innings streak snapped at 13.0 innings when FSU plated a run in the sixth.

·         A one-out walk in the second inning ended the right-hander’s string of consecutive batters retired at 18, dating back to the win over the Tigers.

·         A single in the same frame was the first hit allowed by the senior since the fourth inning Sunday, snapping a run of five perfect frames.  

 

WALTON’S WORDS

Head Coach Tim Walton

On the bases-loaded single from Schwarz that started the scoring for the Gators:

“That was obviously a huge hit. For her to come through and get the two RBI—one thing you look at is being able to be clutch and find a way to manufacture runs. I was happy for Taylor. I think she came in with a good game plan, and she had a confident approach against a really dominating pitcher in Waldrop.”

 

On Castro’s pinch-hit home run:

“I love the response. She’s been an everyday starter here for a long time, and we’ve put her on the bench to make room for someone else to have an opportunity to shine. That was one of her first at-bats since that time, and it was impressive. It’s a very difficult thing to do, to come off the bench and get a hit, let alone hit a home run, against an All-American pitcher. She delivered. What a great response. I’m really proud of the way she handled herself, that’s for sure.”

 

On the weekend games against Florida A&M and NC State:

“”We’re going to shake the lineup up a little bit and give some players an opportunity to play who haven’t been playing a whole lot this year. It’s well deserved. They’ve really worked hard. I think that’s the goal for me, is to give a couple other kids an opportunity to swing the bat in a real game, and we’ll see what they can do.”

 

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The Gators continue a week of nonconference play on Friday, when they host Florida A&M. First pitch from Katie Seashole Pressly Softball Stadium is scheduled for 6 p.m. ET. GatorVision will have live video for subscribers. Radio coverage will be provided on ESPN 850, with Adam Schick handling play-by-play. In addition, fans can access Gametracker on the GatorZone.com schedule page to find live stats.

 

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