Florida softball improves to 10-0
Published: Saturday, February 16, 2013 at 6:15 p.m.
Last Modified: Saturday, February 16, 2013 at 6:15 p.m.
Florida softball was back on the diamond Saturday in the second day of the Lipton Invitational at Pressly Stadium, and the Gators added two victories to improve to 10-0 on the season.
The Gators topped Western Carolina, 5-0, and wrapped it up with a 14-0, five-inning win over Savannah State, the second meeting this weekend with SSU.
Florida has shut out its opponents in all four Lipton Invitational games thus far, run-ruling three of them. UF will cap off a seven-game weekend with its final two games of the home tournament Sunday with a second matchup against UNC Wilmington and another with Charleston Southern.
Florida is off to a 10-0 start for the third consecutive season, and with their 19 runs in Saturday's two games, the Gators have now outscored their opponents 94-13 this season, including 41-0 on the weekend. UF has 16 extra-base hits so far this weekend.
Junior ace Hannah Rogers earned the start — and victory — in the circle for the Gators against Western Carolina to improve to 4-0 on the season with a four-hit shutout, her second of the season. In the second Gator game of the day, sophomore Alyssa Bache put on a career-best performance, working her way to a third victory this season, her second against Savannah State in as many days, with a two-hit shutout and nine strikeouts after posting a one-hit shutout in the Friday evening matchup with the Tigers.
For Bache, the career-best nine strikeouts topped her previous best of five in a game.
Freshman Aubree Munro's bat came alive Saturday, as the catcher went 2-for-3 (.667) with a double and triple, scored two runs and pushed three others across the plate. Sophomore Jessica Damico also batted .667 on the day, going 2-for-3 with a three-run homer against the Catamounts.
After a 5-0 win over WCU in UF's first game, Florida exploded on offense for a 14-run, eight-hit performance against Savannah State. UF posted an eight spot in the first inning and six runs in the third against the Tigers.
Sophomore Bailey Castro, junior Stephanie Tofft, sophomore Katie Medina and Munro all added RBIs in the first inning against Savannah State in game two for an eight-run, four-hit inning for the Gators. Florida then exploded for a six-run, four-hit third frame, highlighted by Munro's triple and a three-run home run by junior Ensley Gammel, her second homer of the year to shut down the Tigers.
The final day of the Lipton Invitational kicks off Sunday at 9:30 a.m. at Santa Fe College with Western Carolina and Savannah State, and Florida will be back at it Sunday with the final two games of the tournament against UNC Wilmington (1 p.m.) and Charleston Southern (3:30 p.m.) at Katie Seashole Pressly Stadium.