UF Roundup: Softball team rallies for victory over UCF


Florida pitcher Hannah Rogers improved to 14-3 on the season with the 10-6 win over UCF on Wednesday.

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Published: Wednesday, March 26, 2014 at 11:59 p.m.
Last Modified: Wednesday, March 26, 2014 at 11:59 p.m.

ORLANDO — The Florida softball bounced back from an early deficit on Wednesday at UCF.

The Gators improved to 31-4 on the year with a 10-6 win, while the Knights fell to 24-11.

Senior Hannah Rogers improved to 14-3 on the season after she worked four innings, allowing three earned runs on four hits with five walks and two strikeouts.

The Knights got on the board in the first with a two-run double.

In the top of the second, sophomore Taylor Schwarz homered off high school teammate Shelby Turnier to cut the UCF lead to 2-1.

Florida scored seven runs in the fourth. After the first three batters reached base on two walks and a fielder's choice, shortstop Kelsey Stewart gave the Gators the lead with a two-run double that plated Briana Little and Justine McLean.

Following a walk to center fielder Kirsti Merritt, third baseman Stephanie Tofft doubled down the left-field line to push the UF lead to 4-2. The rally continued when Bailey Castro walked and Chelsea Herndon reached on a wild third strike to set up a grand slam from Taylore Fuller that gave Rogers an 8-2 cushion.

“We came from behind, so that was a huge moment for the offense to be able to be down and still scratch and claw their way back,” Florida coach Tim Walton said.

UCF got one run back in the bottom of the fourth on an RBI single to left. Left-hander Delanie Gourley replaced Rogers in the circle in the fifth. Little and McLean smacked RBI singles in the sixth to increase the Gator lead to 10-3.

The Knights plated three runs in the bottom of the sixth on a bases-loaded groundout and a two-run single, producing the final margin in Florida's 10-6 win.

The Gators will resume SEC play this weekend when they travel to Knoxville, Tenn., for a three-game series at No. 2/3 Tennessee. Friday's opener is scheduled for 6 p.m.

“It's going to come down to — like I talked about with Alabama — we're going to have to pitch well,” Walton said about facing the Volunteers. “We've got to go out and pitch well, set the tempo and gain that confidence.”

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Florida recorded a program-high 46 shots and a program-low three turnovers, while a season-high 13 Gators found the back of the net.

Gilroy led the way with seven goals and Carli Marsh scored a season-high three goals. Sammi Burgess and Devon Schneider each added two goals of their own and nine more Gators were able to score.

Next up, the Gators will host ALC opponent No. 11/12 Penn State on Sunday at noon.

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