Roundup: UF softball sweeps Mississippi St.

Published: Wednesday, March 7, 2012 at 6:01 a.m.
Last Modified: Thursday, March 8, 2012 at 12:12 a.m.

STARKVILLE, Miss. — Gator sophomore ace Hannah Rogers tossed her third career one-hitter and earned her first save of the season in the circle as the No. 3/4 Florida softball squad improved to 21-1 overall on the season and jumped out of the gates on the Southeastern Conference slate with a sweep of Mississippi State in Starkville. The Gators downed the Bulldogs (14-7, 0-2 SEC) 1-0 and 8-5 in the league-opening twin bill Wednesday.

Freshman Alyssa Bache earned her fourth win of the season in the nightcap after working 2.1 innings of scoreless relief after Lauren Haeger earned the start in game two. Bache allowed just two hits and retired three by strikeout after MSU put up five runs, just two earned, on three hits in the first 1.2 innings. Rogers closed out the final three innings in UF's winning efforts for the save, coming up with 11 strikeouts between Wednesday's two appearances.

Rogers earned the start in the circle in the first of the two games, retiring three Bulldogs in order with her first three strikeouts of the afternoon to set the tone early. She finished with her third career complete-game one-hitter, the last being March 17 against Michigan State, along with one versus Ole Miss on March 18, 2011, to improve to a 11-0 on the 2012 season.

The righty went the distance, allowing one hit and giving up one walk, while fanning eight MSU batters.

Freshman utility player Jess Damico roped a RBI triple to right-center to account for Florida's lone run in the 1-0 victory in the early game.

Stephanie Becker (7-2) took the loss in game one for MSU, tossing a three-hitter, allowing UF's one run, while walking three Gators. Like Rogers, Becker struck out eight Gators through the complete-game effort.

In the second of two games with the Bulldogs on Wednesday, Florida took advantage of eight walks, while Kelsey Horton knocked her SEC-leading homer of the year to help propel the UF offense early.

Florida will continue its five-game league-opening spring break road trip with a visit to Eastern Division rival No. 9 Tennessee beginning Friday.

LACROSSE: At Washington, D.C., junior Mikey Meagher made a school-record 15 saves, and Gabi Wiegand and Kitty Cullen each scored five points to lead the Gators past Georgetown, 12-9. The win lifts Florida to 5-2, while Georgetown falls to 2-1.

Wiegand, who scored her 100th career goal early in the first half, led the team with five goals on five shots. Cullen recorded two goals and team-high three assists, and Ashley Bruns notched two goals and two assists. Caroline Chesterman put up a pair of goals, Brittany Dashiell chipped in two assists and Nora Barry notched one of each.

Emily Dohony led the defense with four ground balls and two caused turnovers, and Jamie Reeg added three ground balls. The Gators spread around their 12 draw controls, with Dashiell and Kayla Stolins each grabbing a team-high three.

Mikey Meagher faced 39 shots in the game, but held the Hoyas to single digits, making a school-record 15 saves in the complete game.

Caroline Tarzian led the Hoyas with three goals and an assist, and Barb Black made four saves in the goal cage.

The Gators return home on Saturday to take on Florida coach Amanda O’Leary’s alma mater, Temple University, in a non-conference matchup at Donald R. Dizney Stadium. Opening draw is set for 1 p.m.

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