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No. 2 Gators finish off Bethune-Cookman

2132 days ago
Florida Athletics

GAINESVILLE, Fla. -- The University of Florida softball team pounded out 15 runs in a five-inning run-rule victory over Bethune-Cookman Wednesday, March 29 at KSP Stadium. Freshman pitcher Katie Chronister picked up her second victory of the season in the 15-7 decision.

The Gators (30-2, 7-1 SEC) dropped behind early 3-0 in the contest to the Wildcats (12-24) after a pair of uncommon errors by the UF defense.

Florida immediately responded with nine runs on eight hits in the bottom of the first to take the lead 9-3. A pair of three-run home runs by freshman Jordan Roberts and junior Nicole DeWitt highlighted the inning, it was the fifth home run of the season for both Roberts and DeWitt.

Senior Chelsea Herndon also provided a two-run double and fellow senior Justine McLean ripped an RBI single. All runs scored in the inning came with two outs in the inning. Roberts tallied her fourth RBI of the game in the very next inning with an RBI double down the left field line to score junior Aleshia Ocasio. McLean recorded her first career SAC fly in the inning, DeWitt recorded her fourth RBI with a bases loaded walk and junior Kayli Kvistad tallied an RBI single to right field to extend the lead to 13-3.

The Gators scored their 14th unanswered run of the contest when sophomore Brooke Clemens sent a line drive over the wall in left field for her first career home run.

The Wilcats responded in the top of the fourth inning with four runs to close down the Gators lead to 14-7 on a pair of two RBI singles from Brianna Sanders and Yvonne Siordia.

Florida extended its lead back out to eight runs, 15-7, as freshman Jacqui Switzer scored from third on a passed ball. Switzer reached with a bunt single to start the bottom of the fourth.

Kelly Barnhill came in relief of Chronister in the top of the fifth inning to shut the door on Bethune-Cookman. Barnhill recorded three-straight strikeouts to finish off the game.

Coaches Corner

The takeaway from tonight's midweek game... "We were able to get a lot of people some at-bats and was able to use our depth to get more people some game experience tonight. I was happy to get everyone out there to contribute and to be honest with you, just being able to get the whole club out there on the field was good."

From the Players

On using this win to gain back momentum... "Yes, so each game is a game in its own. We take each game with importance. No one game is greater than the next. So just really focusing on them and now shift our focus on Arkansas as we take on them this Friday." - Kayli Kvistad