The University of Florida
softball team (12-5) won its sixth straight with a 2-0 win over South Florida
(10-7) in Tampa.
Despite being out hit 6-4, the Gators put three of their four hits together in
the fourth inning for the win.
the first nine Florida batters in order before
freshman Kim Waleszonia
was able to reach base on an error to lead off the top of the fourth. After two
outs, the hometown junior, Melissa Zick (Tampa,
Fla.), reached on a single to
right field. Junior Lauren Roussell (Cerritos, Calif.) drove in Florida’s
first run of the game with a base hit down the left field line. A third
straight Gator by hit from junior Lacy
Howard scored Zick to put the Gators up 2-0.
South Florida threatened and put two runners on in each the first
and fifth innings, but the Gator defense was able to take care of business and
get the outs to end the Bulls’ threat.
Junior Stacey Stevens (Gainesville, Fla.)
pitched 5.1 innings in the win to improve her record to 4-1 on the season. She
struck out four, all looking, and walked one. Freshman Stacey Nelson (Los Alamitos, Calif.)
pitched the final 1.2 innings for the save. Christi Ecks
took the loss for South Florida to move to 4-5
on the season.
Florida hosts the Cox Communications Invitational in Gainesville Friday,
Saturday and Sunday. The tournament opens at 11 a.m. with Seton Hall versus
Southern Miss. Florida’s first game is 4 p.m. Friday against Central