Gator softball wins series at Kentucky with 6-3 victory Sunday
Published: Sunday, April 14, 2013 at 6:31 p.m.
Last Modified: Sunday, April 14, 2013 at 7:17 p.m.
LEXINGTON, Ky. — The No. 3 Florida softball team clinched its sixth SEC series of the season with a 6-3 victory against the No. 18 Kentucky Wildcats in Lexington at John Cropp Stadium, improving to 41-5 (14-4 SEC) on the season.
Taylor Schwarz went a career-tying 3-for-3, connecting for a triple, homer, knocking in a team-best three RBIs, while also scoring two of Florida's six runs in the victory. UF put up nine hits, as six different Gator batters connected. Freshman Kelsey Stewart continued her hot weekend with a 2-for-4 performance in the series finale.
The Florida freshman trio of Stewart, Kirsti Merritt and Schwarz led Florida at the plate through the weekend set against Kentucky, Stewart with a .545 clip (6-11), while Merritt and Schwarz both turned in 3 for 9 performances. The Gators connected for a double, triple and four homers through the three-game series in Lexington.
With two wins over the ranked Wildcats, the Gators improved to 8-4 against top-25 opponents this season, using Friday's 7-4 win and Sunday's 6-3 victory to add two to the tally. Florida will return to John Cropp Stadium May 8-11 for the 2013 SEC Tournament, hosted by Kentucky.
Hannah Rogers earned the start in the circle for the Gators, while Alyssa Bache came on in relief in the bottom of the fourth for 2.1 innings of work to pick up the win (7-0). Lauren Haeger worked the final 1.2 innings to pick up her second save of the season. Taylore Fuller (Chiefland) and Stephanie Tofft each had a hit and a run scored for Florida. Kentucky drops to 31-12, 9-6 in the SEC.
The Gators will next visit No. 25 FSU Wednesday for a mid-week tilt in Tallahassee, the second game of the Sunshine Showdown between the Gators and Noles this season.