Softball wins two, stays perfect

Published: Sunday, February 17, 2013 at 11:58 p.m.
Last Modified: Sunday, February 17, 2013 at 11:58 p.m.
Florida picked up a pair of wins Sunday over UNC Wilmington and Charleston Southern to complete an undefeated weekend as host of the 2013 Lipton Invitational. The Gators (12-0) first downed the Seahawks, 9-1, in six innings before topping the Buccaneers, 4-3, for their first extra-innings victory of the season. The Gators are out to a 12-0 start for the second time in the last three seasons and will look to extend the streak with tournament play at the Mary Nutter Collegiate Classic next weekend in Palm Springs.

A total of 26 extra-base hits highlighted the weekend for Florida as the Gators posted four run-rule wins, four shutouts and capped the Lipton Invite off with an eight-inning thriller Sunday over Charleston Southern. Florida's pitching triumvirate of Alyssa Bache (10.0 IP, 0 ER, 3 H, 14 K, 1 BB), Hannah Rogers (15.0 IP, 1 ER, 9 H, 13 K, 5 BB) and Lauren Haeger (11.0 IP, 1 ER, 5 H, 15 K, 5 BB) allowed just four runs throughout the tournament, while the Florida offense posted 54 runs during the six weekend games. As a team, UF batted .338, had a .676 slugging percentage and .464 on-base mark throughout its Lipton Invite schedule. Six Gators batted over .400 on the weekend, highlighted by Haeger, who went 4-for-7 (.467) with two doubles and two homers, including the equalizer in the bottom of the seventh to force extras Sunday against Charleston Southern. The Gators next play in California at the Mary Nutter Classic in Palm Springs. UF takes on Loyola Marymount, Oklahoma State, Syracuse, Missouri and Georgia Tech at three-day classic next weekend.

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