ORLANDO, Fla. - The University of Florida softball team defeated Jacksonville State, 10-0 (5 innings), on Sunday afternoon in Florida's final game of the Diamond 9 Citrus Classic. Senior Kelsey Stewart led the Gators with a home run, double two RBI and three runs scored in the game.
The long ball and pair of RBI were Stewart's first of the season.
In the circle, sophomore Aleshia Ocasio (4-0) threw the first four shutout innings for Florida before junior Delanie Gourley tossed a scoreless fifth. The duo combined for seven strikeouts, while walking only one Gamecock hitter.
UF began the scoring in the third inning when Stewart powered her 13th career home run over the right field fence. Florida tacked on two more runs in the frame on an Amanda Lorenz RBI double and a Janell Wheaton RBI single.
In the fourth, UF expanded its lead to 8-0 all with small ball. The Gators sent 10 hitters to the plate and notched five runs on four hits in the inning. McLean led off the fourth with bunt single and scored on the next play, a Stewart double into the left-center field gap. Sophomore Nicole DeWitt recorded her first RBI of the game as she singled in the speedy Stewart.
After a walk prompted a pitching change, Fuller reached on a base on balls against the new JSU pitcher, Casey Akenberger. With the bases now loaded, Wheaton took advantage and slapped a single into center field.
The hit scored two runs and UF never looked back. Florida added one more run in the fourth and two in the fifth to bring the game to its final score of 10-0.
JSU had multiple opportunities to score leaving seven runners stranded throughout the day, but had perhaps its best chance to score in the third inning when the Gamecocks loaded the bases with no one out.
Stephanie Lewis, Emily Woodruff and Ella Denes led off the third with three straight singles, putting Ocasio in a tough spot. The sophomore hung tough and recorded two strikeouts and a fly out to get out of the inning without any damage.