Saturday February 18, 2006Softball Improves to 5-3 With Two Wins in the GRU Classic
Freshman Kim Waleszonia came up with clutch to help the Gators to two wins in the GRU Classic.
Softball team (5-3) put together two solid performances in the first day of the
GRU Classic on Friday at the Florida Softball Stadium.
In the two
games, the Gators left only seven runners on base, an improvement from last
weekend, when they left 14 runners on base in the first two games of the
the Gators started right in the top of the first as she sat down the first
worked the offense in the bottom half of the opening frame to
give Nelson a one-run cushion. Senior Lindsey Cameron (
Penn State came back to tie the game in the top of the fifth, With two outs and Kelsey Francisco on first, Jen Williams reached on a Florida throwing error that allowed Francisco to advance all the way to third. Jen Acunto drove a base hit through the left side to score Francisco and tie the game at 1-1.
A freshman Kim Waleszonia (Fontana, Calif.) two-RBI double in the bottom of the sixth scored Cameron and Butler to give Florida the 3-1 lead. Nelson struck out two of the final three batters she faced to secure the win.
Nelson is now 2-1 on the season. She struck out a career-high seven batters in the first complete game of her career.
added eight runs on six hits in the top of the fourth. Waleszonia
led off the inning with a walk. Senior Lindsay Norfleet
walked to load the bases. Junior Lauren Roussell (
Longwood scored a run in the bottom of the fourth on a home run by Ryan Washington.
A Howard two-RBI
double in the top of the fifth gave
Longwood scored two more runs in the bottom half of the inning to end the game at 13-3 in five innings due to the eight-run rule.
Stacey Stevens (
Ten different Gators had hits in the two games, 11 scored runs and nine knocked in RBI.
have a tough day ahead on Saturday as they face No. 21 DePaul at 1:30 p.m. and
No. 1 Michigan at 4 p.m. Both games will be broadcast live on GatorZone.com via