The No. 19
Florida softball team (2-3) cruised to a 16-1 win over Texas A&M-Corpus
Christi (0-3) in its final game of the Wilson/DeMarini
Invitational in Houston, Texas. The Gators tallied 16 hits in the
five-inning game. Senior Lindsey Cameron (Palm
Beach Gardens, Fla.)
set the school record for career home runs with her 29th, a grand slam in the
scored three runs in the top of the first. Cameron reached and advanced to
second on an error by the Islanders’ shortstop. Junior Shelley Stevens (Gainesville,
Fla.) reached on a fielder’s
choice as Cameron got caught in a run down attempting to advance to home.
Cameron got safely back to third and Stevens advanced to second for senior Kristen Butler (Orlando, Fla.).
Butler hit a line drive over the center field
fence for her third home run of the season to put Florida up 3-0.
added two more runs in the top of the third. Cameron led off with a base hit to
left. She came around to score on a Butler
triple to right. Butler scored on a base hit by
junior Melissa Zick
to give Florida the five-run lead.
bats warmed up some more in the top of the fourth. With one out, freshman Kim Waleszonia
hit a base hit through the right side. Senior Stacie Pestrak (Gainesville, Fla.)
was hit by a pitch. Freshman Brooke
Johnson (Lakeland, Fla.) loaded the bases with a base hit.
Cameron jacked a grand slam over the left centerfield fence to set the school
record for career home runs with 29. Butler
knocked a base hit to left for her third hit of the game. Freshman Kristina Hilberth
came in to pinch run for Butler.
Zick grabbed her second hit of the season for a home
run over the centerfield fence to put Florida
ahead by 11 runs.
The Gators added
five more runs, one hit at a time in the top of the fifth. Sophomore Lauren Roussell
(Cerritos, Calif.) got her first hit of the season on a
double to left with one out in the inning. Waleszonia
walked. Freshman Alicia Spack (West
Lafayette, Ind.) got
her first hit in her first at bat of the season, a RBI base hit to score Roussell. Johnson added another hit and a RBI to score Waleszonia. Cameron hit her third hit of the game to load
the bases for pinch hitter, junior Lacy
Howard (League City, Texas). Howard earned a RBI with her base
hit to center. Hilberth grabbed her first hit of the
season for a RBI to score Cameron and give the Gators the 16-0 lead.
Junior Stacey Stevens (Gainesville, Fla.)
pitched a perfect game through four innings. The first batter of the fifth
inning for the Islanders hit a home run for the team’s only hit of the game.
Stevens is now 1-0 on the season.
“Its good to see our kids not waste an inning, an at bat or a
pitch, like we have been talking about,” head coach Tim Walton said. “We got
some good hits today and some of the younger kids came in the day to do some
good things. Kristen Butler has really hit the ball hard in these last two
games. Lindsey Cameron getting a grand slam to set the school home runs record
was great. I would have like to Stacey (Stevens) get the perfect game, but I am
pleased with how she came in threw hard and set the tone for the rest of the
Florida will play its home opener Wednesday Feb. 15 against South Florida at 5 p.m.