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Gators hold off Bulldogs

1681 days ago
Florida Athletics

GAINESVILLE, Fla. -- Senior Aubree Munro hit her first-career grand slam and sophomore Aleshia Ocasio earned her 16th win in the circle during Saturday's series-clinching win, as No. 1 Florida (44-3/14-3 SEC) downed Mississippi State (24-22/3-14 SEC), 6-3.

Munro, who's currently on a nine-game hitting streak, is hitting .542 (13 for 24) during this streak with three home runs, two doubles, one triple, 11 RBI, and seven runs scored.

The Gators overcame a two-run third-inning deficit with six runs in the bottom of third to mark Florida's seventh come from behind victory in 2016. In the circle, Ocasio (16-1) allowed two runs on five hits and three walks with a season-high seven strikeouts over five innings.

Ocasio allowed two runs in a game for the first time since June 1, 2015.

Junior Delanie Gourley relieved the sophomore in the sixth and tossed two scoreless innings with one strikeout to earn her fifth save of the season and 12th of her career. The Lakeside, Calif. native ranks third in in Florida history with those 12 saves as Stacey Nelson (18) and Hannah Rogers (14) hold the top two marks in program lore.

Mississippi State wasted no time grabbing its first hit and run of the series on Saturday. After Ocasio walked the leadoff hitter in the top of the first, MSU's Mackenzie Toler recorded an RBI double down the left-field line to score the game's first run.

In the top of the third inning after a leadoff triple by Kayla Winkfield, Mississippi State extended its lead to 2-0 on an RBI single by Caroline Seitz.

Undaunted, Florida answered in the bottom of the third inning.

With runners on first and second with two outs, senior Kirsti Merritt recorded a two-run double into right-center field to tie the game at two runs apiece.

After a hit by pitch and walk loaded the bases, senior Aubree Munro hit Florida's first grand slam of the season to left-center field to give the Gators a 6-2 lead.

Mississippi State scored the game's final run in the fifth when MSU's Amanda Ivy recorded a two-out RBI double into right-center field.