Florida junior Lacy Howard
(League City, Texas)
went 4-for-5 with six RBI in Florida’s
final two wins in the Cox Communications Invitational on Sunday afternoon. With
the Gators 3-1 win over Southern Mississippi and 8-0, five-inning win over
Central Michigan, Florida
won the tournament with a 5-1 record on the weekend.
Miss put across the first run of game one in the top of the first. With two
outs, Jessica Huerta grabbed a freshman Stacey
Nelson (Los Alamitos,
Calif.) offering for a base hit
up the middle. Huerta scored on an Ashley Davis triple down the right field
line for a Golden Eagle 1-0 lead.
Florida answered back with two runs in the
bottom half of the inning. Freshman Kim Waleszonia (Fontana,
Calif.) drew a leadoff walk from
Southern Miss starting pitcher Krystal Crooks. With
two outs, junior Melissa Zick (Tampa,
Fla.) was hit by a Crooks pitch.
Junior Lauren Roussell
(Cerritos, Calif.) reached on an error by the Golden
Eagles third baseman. A Howard base hit up the middle scored Walezonia and Zick for the 2-1
added a cushion run in the bottom of the third as Roussell
scored on a Howard double to center to put Florida up 3-1.
Miss threatened to score in the top of the sixth as it loaded the bases with no
outs in the inning. Waleszonia turned a double play
to prevent a run from scoring and give the Gators two outs as Allison Bullard
flew out to right field and Waleszonia gunned down Huerta
at the plate.
earned her sixth win of the season for the Gators, making her record 6-1. Crooks
took the loss for Southern Miss.
started in game two where she left off in game one. With the bases loaded in
the top of the opening frame, she blasted a triple to the centerfield wall to
the early 3-0 lead.
Florida added five more runs in the top of
the fourth. With one out, freshman Alicia
Spack (West Lafayette, Ind.) knocked a base hit
to center field. She scored on a triple by freshman Brooke Johnson (Lakeland,
drew a two-out walk to extend the Gator at bat. Senior Lindsey Cameron (Palm Beach Gardens,
Fla.) blasted a shot at the Central Michigan
short stop to score Johnson and put runners at first and second for fellow
senior Kristen Butler (Orlando, Fla.).
Butler hit her ninth home run of the year, a
three-run bomb to left center to put Florida
Stevens pitched four innings in the win to improve her record to 7-1 on the
year. Sophomore Lisa Hasson (Seminole, Fla.) came in to pitch
the final inning. Ali Pettit took the loss for Central
Florida head coach Tim Walton was able to
put in his entire roster in the two games.
Florida begins Southeastern Conference play on Tuesday night
against Alabama in Tuscaloosa, Ala. The Gators and the Tide will
play a doubleheader beginning at 6 p.m. ET on Tuesday. The series wraps up with
a single game at 3 p.m. on Wednesday.