UF softball rallies past Auburn to snap losing streak
Published: Friday, April 4, 2014 at 11:00 p.m.
Last Modified: Friday, April 4, 2014 at 11:59 p.m.
A three-run, two-out rally in the bottom of the sixth inning propelled the No.6-ranked Florida softball team to a 4-2 victory over the No.19-ranked Auburn Tigers on Friday night at Katie Seashole Pressly Softball Stadium.
The come-from-behind victory halted the Gators four-game losing streak.
The Gators (32-8, 6-7 SEC) trailed 2-1 entering the home half of sixth inning. An RBI single by Taylore Fuller that tied the game 2-all was immediately followed by Aubree Munro’s game-winning, two-run double.
“You are always counting on your No.3, No. 4 and No. 5 (hitters),” said Florida head coach Tim Walton. “Tonight we got a big lift from No. 7 (Fuller), 8 (Munro) and 9 (Kathlyn Medina). That was huge.”
Fuller, Munro and Medina had a .250 batting average combined coming in but went 4-for-8 against Auburn starter Lexi Davis.
Stephanie Tofft started the two-out rally with a bullet off the left-center field wall for a long single. Davis then walked Taylor Schwarz. Fuller’s RBI single immediately followed tying the game 2-all. Munro, who had already doubled off Davis in the third inning, then stepped to the plate. The catcher hit a deep fly ball to straight away center field. Auburn’s Morgan Estell took three steps in only to have Munro’s drive fly over her head and land on the warning track.
“I was running (at first), but (then) I saw her come in a little bit,” said Munro. “I was hoping that she wouldn’t get back fast enough.”
Estell didn’t. Fuller and Schwarz both came around to score, giving the Gators the lead for good.
“Two-out rallies (are) kind of what we do,” said Munro. “It has been our M.O. for the last year and a half or so,” said Munro. “We grind. That is what we are good at.”
Munro’s last four hits have been doubles.
Florida starting pitcher Hannah Rogers had a no-hitter through four innings. The senior got the win, improving to 15-6 on the year.
Rogers struck out six and allowed just three hits, the fewest she has allowed since March 18.