Roundup: No. 5 softball’s power undoes Dolphins

Published: Wednesday, February 13, 2013 at 11:00 p.m.
Last Modified: Wednesday, February 13, 2013 at 11:59 p.m.

JACKSONVILLE — The No. 5 Florida softball squad used two homers, including a grand slam from sophomore Briana Little, to power its way to an 11-3 victory over Jacksonville at the JU Softball Complex Wednesday evening.

After falling behind 1-0 in the third, the Gators, now 6-0 on the season, used a sophomore Bailey Castro game-tying blast in the top of the fourth to spark their offense, spurring a three-run fourth inning and a six-run scoring splurge in the fifth frame before UF added two in the seventh for extra insurance. Jacksonville moved to 3-2 overall on the season as the Gators maintained their clean slate against the Sunshine State opponent with an 11th straight victory.

Prior to Castro’s bomb, freshmen Kelsey Stewart and Kirsti Merritt had accounted for UF’s lone two hits in the first three frames. The Gators finished with 11 runs on 10 hits, while Jacksonville manufactured three runs on seven hits, two of those solo home runs for the Dolphins.

Florida saw three different Jacksonville hurlers Wednesday evening, while junior righty Hannah Rogers earned her third victory of the season (3-0) for the Gators after going the distance. Rogers allowed seven hits, three earned runs, walked five and also recorded five Ks on the night.

Freshman pitcher Taylor Rossman (0-2) was tagged with the loss for Jacksonville after allowing the game tying and game-winning runs upon entering in the fourth.

Six different Gators collaborated for hits against the Dolphins and Florida was led by Stewart (3-5), Merritt (2-4) and junior third baseman Stephanie Tofft (2-3). Little’s four RBIs led the squad, while Stewart knocked in two for UF.

LACROSSE: At Jacksonville, senior attack Gabi Wiegand scored five goals as she helped lead No. 3 Florida to a 15-4 win over Jacksonville at Southern Oaks Stadium.

Eight different Gators scored on the evening and held the Dolphins (1-2) to just one goal in the second half en route to their second victory of the season. Senior attack Kitty Cullen, senior midfielder Brittany Dashiell and sophomore midfielder Shannon Gilroy each added two goals in the win. Six different Gators also added assists in the contest.

Florida (2-0) controlled the tempo on both sides of the field, leading the game in shots (31-13), ground balls (19-8), draw controls (13-8) and forced 10 turnovers in the contest.

Gilroy, Barry and senior defender Kayla Stolins led with three draw controls each while Dashiell added two. Senior attack Caroline Chesterman led with four ground balls.

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