Rogers earns 100th win as Gators sweep in Vegas

Senior pitcher Hannah Rogers earned her 100th career victory in Friday's win over Hawaii.

Michelle Lepianka Carter/Tuscaloosa News/FILE
Published: Friday, February 14, 2014 at 6:01 a.m.
Last Modified: Saturday, February 15, 2014 at 12:07 a.m.

LAS VEGAS — Florida swept a pair of games against Seattle University and Hawaii on Friday on the first day of the Easton Desert Classic at Eller Media Stadium. Florida took the first game against SU, 8-1, and won the second game over the Rainbow Wahine by mercy rule, 11-1 (5 innings). Senior pitcher Hannah Rogers earned her 100th career victory in the win over Hawaii.

Junior outfielder Bailey Castro opened the scoring for UF in the first with an RBI single that scored Kirsti Merritt. The next inning, Stephanie Tofft led off with a double before sophomore catcher Aubree Munro hit her first career home run. Kelsey Stewart uncorked an inside-the-park home run later in the frame, bringing home Justine McLean and Taylore Fuller. Merritt doubled after Stewart's home run, and later scored on a Taylor Schwarz single.

Seattle broke through in the fifth on an RBI double by Sarah Petosa, but the Gators matched that run on a home run from Fuller in the bottom of the frame to give UF an 8-1 lead that proved to be the final margin.

In the second contest, Rogers earned the milestone victory by limiting the Hawaii offense to just one run on one hit in four innings, while walking one batter and striking out three. Freshman lefty Delanie Gourley pitched the fifth to close out UF's 11-1 win, which was keyed by four Gator home runs.

Merritt started the scoring with a single in the second to score Fuller and Katie Medina, who both had walked. Stewart advanced to third on the play, and a double-steal resulted in a steal of home for the second baseman. Florida put up three more runs in the fourth, starting with Stewart's triple that brought home Fuller, who had led off the frame with a walk. Stewart scored on a sac fly by Merritt before Lauren Haeger hit a solo home run, her first of two in the game.

Florida added five more runs in the fifth to seal the win, starting with Munro's second home run of the day to lead off the inning. After Fuller was hit by a pitch and Medina reached on a bunt, another double-steal produced a second steal of home, this time from Fuller. Stewart continued the scoring with her second home run of the day—this one of the conventional variety over the right-field fence—before Haeger capped the Gators' offensive outburst with her second solo shot of the game.

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