The No. 19
Florida Softball team (1-3) picked up its first win of the 2006 season on
Saturday evening as it defeated Houston (0-1) 6-2 in the Wilson/DeMarini
Invitational in Houston, Texas. Despite being out hit 7-11, the Gators were
able to take advantage of offensive opportunities and played heads up defense
to get the win.
Florida got an early start putting runs on the board against Houston. With one out in the
top of the first, junior Shelley Stevens
(Gainesville, Fla.) drew a walk. Senior Kristen Butler (Orlando,
Fla.) hit a base hit through the left side and
advanced to second on the throw as Houston
prevented Stevens from scoring. Stevens and Butler
both came around to put the Gators ahead up 2-0 two batters later as senior Mirelis Torres (Tampa, Fla.)
drove a double to center.
added another run in the top of the third as Butler hit a home run out in
centerfield, giving Florida the 3-0 lead.
Houston scored a run on two Gator errors in
the bottom of the third to narrow the Gator lead to two runs at 3-1.
added another run in the bottom of the fourth. With one out, Christa Raley hit
a base hit through the left side. She scored on a double deep into center by
Florida took a two run lead again in the
top of the sixth frame. Senior Lindsay
Norfleet (Madison, Fla.) reached base on an error by the Cougar
shortstop. She moved to third on a sacrifice bunt by freshman Kim Waleszonia (Fontana, Calif.).
Senior Stacie Pestrak (Gainesville, Fla.) and
freshman Brooke Johnson (Lakeland, Fla)
drew back-to-back walks to load the bases. Senior Lindsey Cameron (Palm
Beach Gardens, Fla.)
hit a sacrifice fly deep into center to allow Norfleet to score and put the
Gators up 4-2.
Butler hit a lead off home run in the top of the seventh to give Florida a 5-2 lead. With
the homer, Butler
becomes the only Gator in school history to hit two homers in a game three
times in her career.
Freshman Stacey Nelson (Los Alamitos, Calif.)
picked up the first collegiate win of her career to improve her record to 1-1.
Freshman Lindsay Littlejohn (Bartow,
Fla.) came in the game in relief
at the bottom of the sixth to earn the first save of her career.
Butler led the Gators offensively. She was
3-for-4 on the day with two home runs, three runs scored and two RBI.
“It is good
to be rewarded for our team’s hard work.” Head coach Tim Walton said.
will play their final game in the Wilson/DeMarini Invitational Sunday at 2 p.m.
ET against Texas A&M-Corpus Christi.