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Kathlyn Medina had three hits, including a grand slam, Saturday in Florida's 17-4 win at Texas A&M.

Saturday April 19, 2014Gators Run-Rule Texas A&M, 17-4, to Win Series

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Kathlyn Medina had three hits, including a grand slam, Saturday in Florida's 17-4 win at Texas A&M.

BOX SCORE

 

The No. 5/7 Gator Softball team earned a mercy-rule victory over No. 21/22 Texas A&M on Saturday (April 19), as the Orange and Blue (39-8, 10-7 SEC) defeated the Aggies (29-16, 9-11 SEC) 17-4 (5 innings) at the Aggie Softball Complex. Four Florida hitters recorded multiple RBI in the game in support of Delanie Gourley (Lakeside, Calif.), who ran her record to 13-1 on the season after she allowed three earned runs on five hits over four innings, with two walks and four strikeouts.     

 

Florida got on the board in the first with a two-run home run from Kirsti Merritt (Lake Panasoffkee, Fla.) who took Aggie starter Katie Marks out to center following a leadoff single by Kelsey Stewart (Wichita, Kan.). Gourley allowed a one-out walk and a two-out single in the bottom of the frame, but stranded both runners.

 

The Gator offense erupted for 11 runs in the second inning. Briana Little (Middleburg, Fla.) led off the frame with a double to left and Taylor Schwarz (Palm Beach Gardens, Fla.) was hit by a pitch to set up a three-run home run to left-center by Taylore Fuller (Trenton, Fla.). Kathlyn Medina (Downey, Calif.) followed with an infield single and Stewart reached on a bunt before Stephanie Tofft (Lincoln, Calif.) brought them both home with a double to right-center. The senior later scored on a fielding error by Texas A&M’s second baseman. An RBI single from Schwarz and a hit-by-pitch from Castro loaded the bases for Medina, who blasted a grand slam to left-center to make the score 13-0. Gourley set the Aggies down in order in the bottom of the second.

 

Texas A&M plated two runs in the third on a two-run home run before Florida added four more runs in the fourth. The inning began with a Medina double. Merritt reached on a fielder’s choice two batters later to set the stage for Stephanie Tofft (Lincoln, Calif.), who hit a three-run home run to right field. After a pitching change, Lauren Haeger (Peoria, Ariz.) went back-to-back with Tofft to make the score 17-2 in favor of the Gators. The Aggies added a run in the bottom of the inning on a leadoff home run to center.

 

Medina drew a one-out walk in the top of the fifth, but she was stranded. Haeger replaced Gourley in the circle for the final half-inning, allowed a leadoff home run before retiring three straight Aggies. The game ended on a terrific catch by Tofft in foul territory to finish Florida’s 17-4 victory.

 

NOTABLES

·         The Gators’ 17 runs marked their most in a conference game since May 8, 2010, when they scored 20 at South Carolina.

·         Florida posted the most runs in an SEC game by any team this season.

·         The Orange and Blue pounded out 16 hits, their most in a league game since April 17, 2011, when they also had 16 at Auburn.

·         Merritt’s home run was her sixth in the last 12 games dating back to March 28. She is batting .324 (14x37) during that span with 14 runs scored, one double, one triple and eight RBI.

·         The sophomore leads Florida with six home runs in SEC play.

·         The outfielder recorded her ninth multi-RBI game of the season, which ranks fourth on the team.  

·         Tofft homered for the second consecutive game after going without a home run since March 30.

·         The senior leads Florida with 48 RBI overall and 16 in conference action.

·         Medina’s home run was her first of the season and her third of her career (2 HR last season).

·         The junior set a career-high with four RBI (previous: 3, twice; last: March 2 vs. Maryland).

·         The shortstop’s blast marked the seventh grand slam of the season for the Orange and Blue.

·         Eight of Fuller’s 14 hits this season are home runs.

 

WALTON’S WORDS

Head Coach Tim Walton

On the Gators’ offensive performance today:

“I think they’ve done a good job so far in the two games (of this series) of sticking with the game plan as they step into the box. What I like most is we’ve had a lot of productive at-bats—a lot of good hits, but also a lot of productive outs. I think that’s the key to being able to manufacture runs.”

 

On the pitching of Gourley and Haeger:

“They gave up three home runs, but one came off a great groundball turn up the middle for us, and the other two were solo home runs. Solo home runs don’t beat you typically. We’ll give up home runs and we’ll give up walks, but we just can’t give them up in consecutive fashion.”

 

On Florida’s defense playing an error-free game after two miscues on Friday:

“It was good. I thought Steph made a great play to end the game too.”

 

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UP NEXT

The series at Texas A&M concludes Sunday at the Aggie Softball Complex. First pitch is scheduled for 1 p.m. ET, with live video for subscribers on GatorVision. Radio coverage will be provided on ESPN 850, with Adam Schick and former Gator All-American Megan Bush on the call. Live stats will be accessible through Texas A&M’s Website.

 

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