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No. 1 UF sweeps season series from rival FSU

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TALLAHASSEE, Fla. -- The No. 1-ranked Florida (49-4) softball team has swept its season series with No. 5-ranked Florida State (42-7) with a pair of wins on Wednesday at JoAnne Graf Field. The Gators downed the Seminoles in today's regularly scheduled contest, 7-1, and defeated FSU, 1-0 (12 innings), in these two teams halted game back on April 13 in Gainesville.

In the second game for UF, sophomore Aleshia Ocasio hit a walk-off solo home run in the bottom of the 12th inning to lift the Gators to victory. It was the second home run of her career and first since Feb. 22, 2015 against Mercer.

In addition, Ocasio got the win in the circle during that contest as well.

Florida's game one win went down as a road win, while the nightcap enters Florida's record book as a home win on its original start date of April 13.

UF has now won 16 of its last 17 contests against FSU. In addition, the Gators are now 4-2 against the Seminoles in extra-inning games.

Overall, Florida will finish the regular season unbeaten in 32 non-conference games and has won 123 of 125 non-league games dating to the start of 2013. The Orange and Blue are also 31-1 against in-state opponents since the start of 2014.

Florida will also finish the regular season 21-4 against Top 25-ranked teams.

Game 1 Recap (May 4 Regularly Scheduled Game)

Florida broke the scoreless tie between these two teams in the top of the third inning when the Gators scored three runs on four hits and one FSU miscue.

Senior Kelsey Stewart got things going in the third with a leadoff single. After she stole second and moved to third on an error by the FSU catcher, Florida's senior speedster scored on a Kayli Kvistad single up the middle.

Later in the inning after sophomore Nicole DeWitt singled to put runners on first and second, sophomore Janell Wheaton hit a bases-clearing double down the right-field line to give Florida the early 3-0 advantage.

In the top of the fourth, senior Taylore Fuller hit a solo home run to left to extend the Florida lead to 4-0.

UF scored its final three runs on a pair of RBI doubles by DeWitt and senior Aubree Munro in the top of the seventh inning.

FSU scored its lone run of the game in the bottom of the seventh when Zoe Casas launched her fourth home run of the season over the right-field fence.

In the circle for the Gators, junior Delanie Gourley (17-3) allowed just two hits, two walks and one run, while she recorded 10 strikeouts in the complete-game effort.

An FSU record 1,712 fans come out to JoAnne Graf Field for Wednesday's game.

Game 2 Recap (April 13 Halted Game)

Play resumed on Wednesday night in the bottom of the ninth inning with runners on second and third, one out and Aubree Munro at the plate.

After Florida's senior catcher was intentionally walked, FSU's Jessica Burroughs recorded back-to-back strikeouts to get out of the inning

The game remained in a scoreless tie until the bottom of the 12th when sophomore Aleshia Ocasio hit a walk-off solo home run to right.

Prior to the 12th, Florida had its best chance to score in the sixth when UF loaded the bases with a pair of walks and a single, but was unable to score.

Meanwhile, FSU had runners on first and second base in the first and third innings, but the Seminoles were unable to capitalize in either situation and were unable to generate any offense.

Nicole DeWitt was the first runner in the game to reach third base, and she did so in the ninth inning before the game was suspended.

In the circle for the Gators, junior Delanie Gourley started and threw the first three innings while recording four strikeouts and allowing just three hits. Rookie Kelly Barnhill followed with the left-hander with a pair of scoreless and six strikeouts.

Ocasio (14-1) captured the win as she tossed seven scoreless inning and recorded six strikeouts while allowing just one walk and one hit.