Friday May 16, 2014Gourley's No-Hitter Propels Florida to 8-0 Victory Over FAMU
Delanie Gourley threw the first no-hitter in UF postseason history on Friday.
Freshman Delanie Gourley threw a no-hitter on Friday as Florida opened the NCAA Gainesville Regional with an 8-0 (5 innings) victory over Florida A&M. The Gators improved to 8-1 this season against in-state opponents with a win in the first game of the all-Florida regional.
Gourley retired the Rattlers in order in the first with two strikeouts and a groundout. Kelsey Stewart tripled to lead off for Florida (46-11), and came home on a sacrifice fly by Stephanie Tofft. The center fielder for FAMU (25-28) misplayed Tofft’s fly ball, allowing the senior to advance to second to set up a two-run home run by Lauren Haeger that put the Gators ahead 3-0. After Bailey Castro reached on a fielder’s choice and Kirsti Merritt singled through the left side, Taylor Schwarz launched a three-run shot to left-center that pushed Florida’s lead to 6-0.
Gourley (14-1) allowed a leadoff walk in the second, but Aubree Munro caught the runner stealing before the lefty struck out the next two batters. Stewart singled and then stole second to begin the home half, then came home with UF’s seventh run on Tofft’s sac bunt.
FAMU had a baserunner in the third when the leadoff batter reached on an error. The Gators then retired the side with a popout and two strikeouts. Florida put two runners on in the home half when Kathlyn Medina reached on an error and Stewart beat out a two-out bunt single, but a groundout ended the inning.
The Rattlers’ leadoff hitter reached on an error in the fourth before a double play and a strikeout retired the side. Haeger singled to start the bottom of the inning, and pinch-runner Jessica Damico stole second before advancing to third on a flyout by Briana Little. Damico scored Florida’s eighth and final run on a one-out groundout by Justine McLean.
The visitors had one batter reach on a two-out error in the fifth before a groundout to Gourley completed her no-hitter, sealing Florida’s fourth consecutive win in Regional play.
· Gourley threw the 15th solo no-hitter in UF history, and the team’s third this season (last: Hannah Rogers, Feb. 22 vs. Indiana—5 innings).
· The freshman recorded the Gators’ first-ever postseason no-hitter.
· In two five-inning shutouts against FAMU this season, the southpaw allowed one hit with two walks and 14 strikeouts.
· Schwarz’ home run was her first in nine career NCAA Tournament games.
· The home run was the first baseman’s 42nd hit of the season, setting a career high.
· Haeger homered for fifth time in her NCAA Tournament career; the first-inning blast was her first NCAA home run since May 18 of last year, a span of seven games.
· Stewart’s triple was her fifth of the year, moving her into a tie for second (with six other players) on Florida’s single-season list.
· The sophomore’s second-inning stolen base was Florida’s 100th of the season. The Gators have six 100-steal seasons in program history.
Head Coach Tim Walton
On the keys to Gourley’s no-hitter:
“She was ahead when she needed to be ahead. She really went to her rise-ball and got them to chase some pitches out of the zone, and she also threw enough changeups to keep them off balance. Overall, she seemed to pitch very aggressively. You couldn’t tell that she was a freshman, and you couldn’t tell that it was her first postseason game. I thought she really went out and had good command.”
On Gourley’s poise:
“I think what helped propel us into a good offensive first inning was how quick and how decisive she was on all her pitches. [She was] really aggressive. I was pleased with her.”
On what he observed in the Stetson-UCF game:
“It was a good softball game. I thought both teams hit the ball well, and both teams got two-out hits. Good for Stetson to come out and win that first game. Between UCF, Stetson and us, I think we’re all evenly matched in a way. We’re going to have to play our ‘A’ game tomorrow to beat them.”
FOLLOW THE GATORS
The NCAA Gainesville Regional continues Saturday, when the Gators will face Stetson at 1 p.m. (all times Eastern). The loser of that contest will play the winner of Saturday’s second game at 6 p.m. GatorVision will have free, live video of all games during the regional. WGGG (1230-AM) will provide radio coverage of all UF contests, with Adam Schick and former Gator All-American Megan Bush on the call. In addition, live stats will be available through Gametracker on the GatorZone.com schedule page.