Rogers strikes out 10 in win over Razorbacks
Published: Friday, May 2, 2014 at 11:00 p.m.
Last Modified: Saturday, May 3, 2014 at 12:17 a.m.
FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. — Fresh off a four-game homestand, the seventh-ranked Florida softball team jumped out to a six-run lead on the road over Arkansas and cruised to an 8-3 win in the teams' series opener.
The Gators (43-10, 13-9 Southeastern Conference) provided more than enough support for senior Hannah Rogers (22-8), who allowed three runs on three hits by Arkansas (27-26, 5-17 SEC) over seven innings. Rogers also walked three batters and had a season-high 10 strikeouts.
“I thought Hannah pitched a good game,” UF coach Tim Walton said. “She did a good job of making quality pitches. For her to get 10 strikeouts against a good team, that tells you about her stuff. When our hitters gave her a lead, she could pitch more aggressively.”
After a Stephanie Tofft RBI in the first inning, Bailey Castro and Taylore Fuller each homered to left-center in second. Briana Little followed with a three-run home run down the left-field line in the third, extending the Gator lead to 6-0.
Castro's home run was her seventh of the season, setting a career-high, while Little's blast extended her hitting streak to 10 games.
The Arkansas series continues Saturday at 7:30 p.m. on ESPN.