UF softball walks off vs. Eagles

Brittany Schutte hit into a fielder's choice that won the game in the eighth against Eastern Michigan.

Brad McClenny/Staff photographer
Published: Thursday, March 1, 2012 at 11:18 p.m.
Last Modified: Thursday, March 1, 2012 at 11:18 p.m.

Florida softball captured its 14th win of the season Thursday with a 2-1, eight-inning victory over Eastern Michigan on the eve of the Lipton Invitational, which starts today at 9 a.m.


Today's Gator games

Lipton Invitational

Who: Eastern Michigan at Florida, 4 p.m.; Gardner-Webb, 6:15 p.m.

Where: Katie Seashole Pressly Stadium
Radio: 104.9 FM

With two runners in scoring position and the game tied 1-1 in the bottom of the eighth, junior Brittany Schutte put a ball in play in the infield, allowing freshman Jess Damico to scamper home from third on a fielder's choice for the 2-1 Florida victory. For Schutte, the game-winning RBI marked her third of the season

The Eagles, who are in the middle of a 15-game Florida road swing, fell to 2-8 on the season, as Lauren Wells tallied her fifth loss.

The Gators (14-1) saw three Eagle hurlers Thursday: starter Jenna Ignowski worked the first 4.2, Lindsay Rich came on for 2.2 and Wells entered for Schutte's at-bat, giving up the game-winning run, Florida's second score of the contest. EMU's pitching staff fanned just four Gators on the day, but held Florida to two hits, while walking five.

Sophomore Hannah Rogers improved to 9-0 in the circle, registering the fifth double-digit strikeout game of her career with 11 strikeouts on the night. Rogers' last double-digit game came last season against Alabama on April 24. Rogers gave up just one run on three hits and walked one in eight innings against the Eagles.

After a scoreless first frame for both teams, Eastern Michigan was first to put a run on the board in the top of the second on a Nellie Coquillard RBI single to right field.

Florida's first run of the game came on a RBI single up the middle from junior Kelsey Horton, who was UF's catcher Thursday, that sent Schutte across home to tie the score 1-1.

The score remained knotted for the fifth, sixth and seventh innings as the Gators headed to extra innings for the second time this season, the last being a 3-2 victory over USF on Feb. 12.

Thursday's matchup served as the first of two games between UF and EMU this weekend, as the Gators will face the Eagles again today at 4 p.m. in their first game of the Lipton Invite.

Florida will host EMU, Gardner-Webb, Tennessee State and Campbell in the home Gators' event this year, as Campbell and Tennessee State start off the invitational today at 9 a.m.

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