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Lindsey Cameron set the school record for career home runs with a grand slam.

Sunday February 12, 2006Softball Wins 16-1, Cameron Sets School Record

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Lindsey Cameron set the school record for career home runs with a grand slam.

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 fourth inning.

 

The Gators 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.

 

The Gators 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 (Tampa, Fla.) to give Florida the five-run lead.

 

The Gators’ bats warmed up some more in the top of the fourth. With one out, freshman Kim Waleszonia (Fontana, Calif.) 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 (Dunedin, Fla.) 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 game.”

 

Florida will play its home opener Wednesday Feb. 15 against South Florida at 5 p.m.

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