The No. 19
Florida Softball (0-3) team lost a 7-2 decision to No. 22 Oregon (2-0) in the
Wilson/DeMarini Invitational in Houston, Texas
Saturday. The seven-inning game lasted nearly three hours and was just five
minutes short of being the longest seven-inning game in school history.
The two teams
held each other at bay through four complete innings. Though each team was able
to put runners on base, neither was able to get a runner past second.
Oregon broke the game open in the top of
the fifth. With one out, Sari-Jane Jenkins hit a triple to the left field
warning track. She scored on a RBI fielder’s choice by Breanne Sabol. Lovena Chaput
hit a double to center to put runners on second and third. Florida
junior Stacey Stevens (Gainesville, Fla.) came
in to relieve Florida starter, freshman Lindsay Littlejohn (Bartow, Fla.)
in the pitching circle. Both runners scored on a Beth Boskovich
base hit to right. Boskovich scored on a Kayleen Hudson base hit to right to put Oregon ahead 4-0.
like the Gators were going to narrow the Ducks’ lead in the bottom of the
fifth. Senior Lindsay Norfleet (Madison,
Fla.) drew a lead off walk.
Freshman Kim Waleszonia
followed with a double to the left centerfield gap. With two outs, senior Lindsey Cameron (Palm Beach Gardens, Fla.)
hit a base hit to center to load the bases. Junior Lacy Howard (League City,
Texas) came in to pinch hit and
struck out swinging to end the inning.
Oregon added two more runs in the top of
the sixth on three hits and a Gator error. Suzie Barnes led off the inning with
a triple. She scored on a Sabol base hit. Sabol added another run on a Chaput
double to stretch the Oregon
lead to six runs.
Florida put up its first run of the game in
the bottom half of the sixth. Senior Kristen
Butler (Orlando, Fla.)
started the inning by reaching base on a throwing error by the Oregon catcher after a
strikeout. She advanced to second on a passed ball. Pinch hitter sophomore Mary Ratliff (Mt. Sterling, Ky.)
hit a base hit to left to keep the Gators going. Norfleet
drew a walk to load the bases. Butler scored on Waleszonia’s base hit to left to narrow the Oregon lead to 6-1.
added their final run of the game on a lead off home run by Joanna Gail.
tied the school record for career home runs in the bottom of the seventh with
her second home run of the season and the 38th of her career.
took the loss for Florida,
making her record 0-2 on the season. She pitched 4.1 innings and struck out
seven. Amy Harris pitched a complete game for Oregon in the win.
was an offensive bright spot for the Gators, going 2-for-3 with a double and a RBI
on the day. Cameron had a 1-for-2 performance with a run, a RBI and a walk.
we looked much better today,” head coach Tim Walton said. “Our fielders kept
working hard and really rallied behind our pitchers when they got in tough
spots. Offensively, we need to find a different mentality. We have to execute
the things we have been practicing everyday and find a way to score runs. We
are getting a lot of opportunities, we just have to
capitalize on them.”
will take on host Houston at approximately 5 p.m. The game will be broadcast
live on GatorZone.com.