UF softball hurls combined perfect game
Published: Sunday, March 3, 2013 at 6:49 p.m.
Last Modified: Sunday, March 3, 2013 at 7:42 p.m.
No. 4 UF (22-1) concluded its weekend with an 11-0, combined perfect game victory over Presbyterian at Katie Seashole Pressly Stadium. Pitchers Hannah Rogers, Lauren Haeger and Alyssa Bache collaborated to retire all 15 Blue Hose batters in the run-rule win. Rogers retired the first nine, Haeger sat down three in the fourth and Bache handled the three fifth-inning batters.
Florida defeated Drake twice and was victorious over Mount St. Mary's, FAMU and Presbyterian in the three-day home tournament.
The feat for UF's pitching trio marked the first combined perfect game in Gator history. UF has just five other perfect games, the most recent being Stephanie Brombacher's Feb. 12, 2011, perfecto against NC State.
Tim Walton also highlighted the weekend, notching win No. 400 as UF's head coach following Saturday's 20-2 record-tying win over FAMU. Walton, already the winningest coach in Gator softball history, is now 401-94 (.810) overall at Florida and 524-158 (.768) in his head coaching career.
Briana Little sac fly plated the Gators' first run of the game in the bottom of the first, allowing Kelsey Stewart to score after the leadoff speedster put down a bunt single to start the game. A bases-loaded walk for Taylor Schwarz added one to the tally and Katie Medina followed with a hard-hit RBI single to center for UF's third run in the opening frame.
Haeger struck with a one-out, two-run blast, her team-leading sixth homer of the season, in the bottom of the second to take the Gators ahead, 5-0, while Little and Kelsey Horton followed by making great contact with the ball in the frame, each knocking sky-high hits to the outfield that counted as triples — Little first, followed by Horton's, which scored little from third for the 6-0 UF lead. Horton then scampered home on a Stephanie Tofft groundout to extend UF's lead 7-0 after two innings of play at Katie Seashole Pressly Stadium.
Florida will hit the road again this week during the Gators' spring break for a mid-week non-conference clash with SEC Western Division rival Alabama Wednesday before traveling to Auburn to open conference play March 8-11 on the road at Jane B. Moore field.