No. 1 UF softball wraps up Citrus Classic with two shutouts
Published: Sunday, March 2, 2014 at 4:56 p.m.
Last Modified: Sunday, March 2, 2014 at 4:56 p.m.
KISSIMMEE — The No. 1-ranked Florida softball team won two games Sunday to finish 5-0 at the Diamond 9 Citrus Classic, defeating Maryland 16-0 and Radford 7-0 at the ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex.
Both wins were one-hitters by the Gators pitching staff, as Hannah Rogers (8-0) and Alyssa Bache combined to shut down the Terrapins, while Delanie Gourley (7-0) pitched a complete game against the Highlanders.
“One of the great things about being able to put up a lot of runs is everybody gets a chance to play,” UF coach Tim Walton said. “We've got some players on this team who work hard in practice. To get them into the game today probably meant more to me than the number of runs we had.
“Giving everybody an opportunity to contribute to the team, that's the part that I really enjoyed. The pitching staff was brilliant this weekend.”
Bailey Castro put the Gators (21-0) ahead to stay in the first game with a three-run home run and Stephanie Tofft's run-scoring double for a 6-0 lead in the first inning.
Kathlyn Medina hit a two-run double and Lauren Haeger a two-run single to highlight the five-inning win.
Tofft added a two-run double in the second game, while Kelsey Stewart hit a run-scoring single and Castro hit another home run.
The Gators' 21-game season-opening win streak is the second-longest run to open a season in program history. Florida's best start was a 24-game run to begin the 2011 campaign.
Florida next hosts Boston College at 6 p.m. Tuesday.