FULLERTON, Calif. -- The University of Florida softball team won its 10th and 11th straight game after wins over No. 18 California and No. 8 UCLA on the second day of the Judi Garman Classic at Anderson Family Field.
The Gators improved to 4-0 on the season against teams ranked inside the Top 25 with the wins today.
Game 1 - No. 18 California
Junior Aleshia Ocasio scattered three hits over five-complete innings of work to improve to 3-0 on the season while Kelly Barnhill secured her second save after she entered the contest in the sixth inning with a 3-0 lead.
Neither allowed a walk in the seven-inning affair.
The Gators offense continued to be efficient in their opening game on the second day of the Judi Garman Classic. The team recorded seven hits and scored four runs while only leaving a trio of runners on the base paths.
In the bottom of the third, junior Kayli Kvistad opened up the scoring with a two-run home run with two outs to put Florida ahead 2-0 over No. 23-ranked Cal. Kvistad sent a 1-1 pitch over the left field wall just inside the foul pole to score Amanda Lorenz who walked on four-straight pitches earlier in the inning.
Lorenz went on to record an RBI in the fifth inning with a sacrifice fly to center field after junior Janell Wheaton reached with a leadoff double. Sophomore Lily Mann entered to pinch run for Wheaton and moved to third on a 6-3 putout by McLean before being brought home by Lorenz's deep ball.
Nicole DeWitt capped the scoring for the Gators in the sixth with her second home run of the season. DeWitt launched the 1-0 pitch from Golden Bears hurler Zoe Conley over the left field wall to give the Gators a 4-0 lead.
The Gators defense held strong behind Ocasio as the infield limited the Golden Bears base runners. Cal was only able to move one runner into scoring position the entire contest.
Game 2 - No. 8 UCLA
Over 30 innings had elapsed since the Gators had given up a run in contest and 67 innings since the last earned run was allowed until the Bruins pushed across one run on a wild pitch from senior Delanie Gourley.
However, Florida only trialed for what seemed like the blink of an eye as in the bottom of the initial frame the offense exploded for four runs and forced UCLA to cycle through three pitchers. Sophomore Amanda Lorenz sprinted home for the Gators first run of the game after a throw to third from UCLA shortstop Delanie Spaulding went low and wide of the bag.
Junior Nicole DeWitt pushed across the second run as Sophia Reynoso scored on her SAC fly to left field. The exclamation point to the inning came from one of the hottest bats in the Florida lineup this weekend, junior Janell Wheaton cranked her second home run of the season with a two-run shot over the left center field fence. The towering shot from Wheaton gave Florida 4-1 lead.
Florida poured it on in the following frame, four more runs were etched onto the scoreboard which gave the Gators an 8-1 lead which was plenty enough of a cushion for Gourley to work with the rest of the night. Reynoso nearly blasted her second home run of the season but the ball hit off the wall in center field while Justine McLean and Lorenz were sprinting around the bases. Kvistad followed up Reynoso's RBI double with one of her own and later scored herself on a fielding error by UCLA.
The Bruins managed to post three runs throughout the remainder of the contest and closed down the Gators lead to 8-4 until McLean tacked on the final run with an RBI single to the infield, which scored Wheaton.
Delanie Gourley recorded 11 strikeouts compared to just one walk in the complete-game effort against the Bruins.