Softball sweeps again; downs another top 5 team
Published: Saturday, February 9, 2013 at 11:00 p.m.
Last Modified: Saturday, February 9, 2013 at 11:57 p.m.
TEMPE, Ariz. — The Gator softball squad kept the opening-weekend success rolling Saturday at the 2013 Kajikawa Classic using a potent and resilient offense to top Cal State Northridge, 7-0, and No. 3 Cal, 7-4, to improve to 4-0 on the season.
The upset over the Golden Bears marked UF's second win over a top-five team in a span of two days after the Gators topped No. 5 Oregon, 1-0, Friday.
UF will have the opportunity to make it three Kajikawa upsets with a weekend finale against No. 13/14 Arizona today at 10:30 a.m. at ASU's Farrington Stadium.
A young squad with five freshmen starters, UF's youngsters have proven their talent and stepped up to the plate throughout opening-weekend play in Tempe, accounting for 15 of UF's 31 hits through the first four games. As a team, the Gators are batting .307 with 24 RBI, seven doubles, a triple and four home runs.
In a thrilling back-and-forth offensive battle with California in the second of UF's two games Saturday, the Gators got the best of the Bears, 7-4, for Florida's sixth-straight victory over Cal since 2008.
UF put up seven runs on eight hits – two each in the first, fourth, fifth and one in the seventh – and relied on junior ace Hannah Rogers to do work in the circle for her second top-five victory of the weekend.
Against Cal State Northridge, Florida used a season-best 11 hits and a stellar pitching performance from sophomore Alyssa Bache to down the Matadors.
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