UF softball shellacks Seminoles, 9-1


Published: Wednesday, April 4, 2012 at 10:26 p.m.
Last Modified: Wednesday, April 4, 2012 at 10:26 p.m.

TALLAHASSEE — A Florida State-record 1,195 fans gathered at JoAnne Graf Field on Wednesday to watch the Florida vs. Florida State softball Sunshine Showdown, a game the No. 6 Gators took 9-1 in six innings from the No. 21 Seminoles, enforcing the eight-run rule for the 13th time this season.

The Gators improved to 32-4 overall on the season and 7-4 against Top-25 competition with the victory.

Florida put up 11 hits for the second consecutive game, including four doubles and two homers, scoring nine runs against FSU, the most the Seminoles (33-7) have allowed all season. For Florida, the run-rule victory marked its first since downing South Carolina in five innings on March 16.

Junior Kelsey Horton went 3 for 4 with two runs and three RBIs to lead the Gators, while sophomore Cheyenne Coyle was 2 for 4 at the plate with two runs to power UF's offensive efforts.

Florida poured it on in the third, racking up two doubles and two homers for a six-hit, six-run third frame that all but put the game away for the Gators. Freshman Sami Fagan connected on her first collegiate homer as part of UF's third-inning surge, finishing the day with three RBIs.

UF sophomore ace Hannah Rogers improves to 18-2 in the circle this season.

The Gators return home this weekend for a three-game set with Ole Miss beginning Friday.

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