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No. 1 Gators sweep No. 5 Ragin' Cajuns in doubleheader

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Florida Athletics

GAINESVILLE, Fla. -- The No. 1-ranked University of Florida softball team swept a Saturday doubleheader against No. 5 Louisiana-Lafayette with a pair of wins at KSP Stadium. Florida scored 19 runs in the doubleheader, taking Game 1 by a 5-1 score before clinching the weekend series with a 14-1 run-rule victory.

With the pair of victories, Florida is now 15-3 on the season against teams ranked in the top 25. In addition, Florida remained unbeaten in 28 non-conference games this season and has now won 119 of 121 non-league games dating back to the start of the 2013 season.

Florida's win in game one of Saturday's doubleheader marked the Gators first-ever triumph over the Ragin' Cajuns in program history. UF was winless in its previous four meetings prior to this weekend.

Junior Delanie Gourley (12-2) gave up two hits and struck out a career-high tying 13 batters in a complete-game effort to earn the win in the opener. Sophomore Aleshia Ocasio (14-1) went the distance in game two and allowed just one run on five hits, while striking out two ULL hitters.

Offensively, senior Kelsey Stewart paced the Gators in game one as she went 2-for-4 with an RBI double and one run scored. In game two, sophomore Kayli Kvistad mashed a pair of home runs and had a career-high six RBI in that contest.

Game 1 Recap

Florida wasted no time on Saturday grabbing the lead and momentum.

After Delanie Gourley struck out six-straight Ragin' Cajun hitters to begin the game, Janell Wheaton got UF's offense going in the bottom of the second with a solo home run to left.

The long ball her sixth of the season and her first since March 5 against South Alabama.

The Gators blew the game open in the bottom of the third when Florida scored four runs on three hits and two ULL errors.

After Justine McLean led off the inning with an infield single, Kelsey Stewart drove her in with an RBI double to left-center field. The hit parade continued with an RBI single up the middle by Kayli Kvistad, who eventually came around to score on a Nicole DeWitt sacrifice fly.

Florida scored its final run of the inning on a Louisiana-Lafayette miscue.

ULL scored its lone run of the game in the fifth when Hayley Hayden recorded an RBI fielder's choice with bases loaded and only one out.

Gourley got out of the jam without any more damage by striking out Shellie Landry to end the inning.

The junior left-hander bounced back and retired the final six ULL hitters she faced to end the game and secure her 12th win of the season.

Game 2 Recap

Florida exploded for seven runs on six hits in the bottom of the first inning on Louisiana-Lafayette.

During the inning, Kayli Kvistad recorded a three-run home run and Aubree Munro notched a two-run triple down the right field line. Amanda Lorenz (infield single) and Taylore Fuller (sacrifice bunt) recorded the other two RBI in the inning.

Kelsey Stewart got things going right off the bat with a single to left field. After Merritt walked and they both moved into scoring position on a passed ball, Amanda Lorenz recorded an infield single to score Stewart and Kvistad followed with a three-run homer to left-center field.

Florida extended its advantage to a run-rule lead of 8-0 in the second inning when Kvistad mashed her second homer of the game with a solo shot to left-center field.

In the third, UF scored four runs highlighted by a Taylore Fuller solo home run and a Kvistad two-run single to right with the bases load.

Although UF led ULL 12-0 after three innings, Louisiana-Lafayette wouldn't go away quietly.

ULL's Aleah Craighton hit a solo home run to left to begin the fourth and the Ragin' Cajuns loaded the bases with their next three hitters to apply the pressure to Ocasio and Florida's defense.

Unfazed, Florida's sophomore right-hander recorded a strikeout and a groundout to get out of the jam and keep the Florida lead over Louisiana-Lafayette in double digits, 12-1.

Stewart got that run back and more with a two-run homer with two outs in the bottom of the fourth to extend Florida's lead over ULL to 14-1.

Ocasio worked a perfect fifth inning to earn her 14th win in the circle this season.