Sunday April 10, 2005Softball Completes Sweep of Gamecocks in Columbia
The No. 15 Florida Softball team (32-10, 11-4 SEC) completed a series sweep of South Carolina Sunday in Columbia, S.C. The Gators defeated the Gamecocks 4-2 in the final game of the series.
Both teams held each other to only one hit through the first three innings of play. With two outs in the top of the fourth, Melissa Zick reached on a throwing error by the Gamecock third baseman. Kristen Butler sent the ball way over the left field fence on a 1-1 count to give Florida a 2-0 lift for her sixth home run of the season.
South Carolina was not going to give up in the bottom half of the inning. Jessica Josker led off with a base hit through the left side. McKenna Hughes followed with a base hit up the middle. The runners both advanced on a Stephanie Norman ground out to Lindsay Norfleet at third. Lisa Longo drove a base hit deep into the pocket between first and second to score Josker for South Carolina’s first run of the series. Ashley Smith knocked a ball deep into the pocket between second and third to score Hughes to tie the game at 2-2 with only one out in the inning. Florida starter Stacey Stevens retired the next two batters on strikes to end the inning.
Kate Pouliot came in to relieve South Carolina starter Aleca Johnson to begin the fifth. Savana Kelly led off the Gator half of the fifth with a base hit through the left side. Stacie Pestrak came in to pinch run for her. Lacy Howard grabbed her first hit of the series, a base hit through the left side. Both runners moved over on a perfectly laid sacrifice bunt by Norfleet. A sacrifice fly to right by Lauren Roussell to score Pestrak gave Florida the lead once again at 3-2.
Florida added an insurance run in the sixth. Zick scored on a Kristen Butler double to put Florida up by two runs.
Cameron and Howard were each 2-for-3 on the day. Butler went 2-for-2 with three RBI, a run scored, a double and a home run.
Mandy Schuerman came in with the game tied, a runner on and no outs in the fifth two earn the win. She is now 11-3 on the season. Pouliot received the loss for South Carolina to move her record to 6-7 on the year.
Florida will return to action Wednesday as it travels to Tampa to face South Florida in a single game at 6 p.m.