April 17, 2011
Auburn, Ala. - The No. 10 Florida Gators completed a series sweep of No. 24 Auburn softball with a 13-4 victory Sunday afternoon in the series finale.
Auburn's record dropped to 32-12 overall and 11-9 in the Southeastern Conference. Florida improved to 37-7 overall and 13-6 in the SEC. The Tigers return to action Wednesday when they host LSU in a doubleheader beginning at 4 p.m.
"There's not a lot positive to take away from this one," Auburn head coach Tina Deese said. "You can't take anything away from Florida, they are a very good hitting team. I am proud of the way our bench players came in and played. They manufactured some runs and really competed. I'm proud of Hilary Mavromat and the job she did pitching today. She had not pitched until this weekend and she fought on every pitch."
Jenee Loree started and took the loss to fall to 9-4. Loree allowed two runs, both earned, on three hits with two walks and three strikeouts. Lauren Schmalz threw one and two-thirds innings, allowing seven runs, all earned, on seven hits with two walks and one strikeout. Hilary Mavromat went two and one-third innings, the longest stint of the day by an Auburn pitcher. Mavromat allowed three runs, all earned, on four hits with no walks or strikeouts. Angel Bunner pitched one inning, allowing one run, unearned, on two hits.
Hannah Rogers (22-5) earned the complete-game win. Rogers allowed four runs, three earned, on nine hits with three walks and four strikeouts.
Auburn set a team record by giving up eight home runs in the game. The eight homers was also a single-game record for Florida. The Gators hit 15 home runs in the three game series.
The Gators jumped out to a 2-0 lead in the first inning. Kelsey Bruder ripped the first pitch she saw from Loree over the wall in right for a two-run homer. It was Bruder's 14th home run of the season and it came with Michelle Moultrie aboard.
Florida added to its lead in the second inning. After Schmalz relieved Loree to start the inning, Aja Paculba cranked a two-run homer to left to give the Gators a 4-0 lead. It was Paculba's 13th home run of the season and it came with Kasey Fagan aboard.
The Gators' third two-run home run of the game made it a 6-0 game in the top of the third inning. After a leadoff walk to Cheyenne Coyle, Kelsey Horton took Schmalz's first pitch of the at-bat over the wall in right-center. Kasey Fagan followed with a homer to center for back-to-back shots. Fagan's home run gave Florida a 7-0 lead.
Still in the third, Brittany Schutte made it a 9-0 game with Florida's fourth two-run home run of the game. Schutte's homer came with two outs and with Bruder aboard. The homer chased Schmalz from the game and brought Mavromat in to pitch.
The Tigers got on the scoreboard in the fourth inning. Pinch-hitter Baylee Stephens was hit by a pitch with one out to move Mavromat, who singled, to second base. Elizabeth Eisterhold followed with a double that sailed over Bruder's head in left field. Mavromat and Stephens scored to make it a 9-2 game.
Still in the fourth, pinch-hitter Liana Wuchte drew a walk and Caitlin Stangl singled through the right side to load the bases. Morgan Estell then drew a walk, holding off on a 3-2 pitch, to force Eisterhold home and make it a 9-3 game.
Florida responded in the top of the fifth on Paculba's second home run of the game. It came with one out and no one aboard to give Florida a 10-3 lead. Two batters later Schutte hit her second home run of the game, a solo shot, to make it an 11-3 game.
Auburn plated a run in the bottom of the fifth inning on Morgan Murphy's RBI single that plated Lauren Guzman. Guzman doubled to open the AU half of the inning and moved to third on a ground out to second by Stephens. With two outs, Murphy hit an infield single down the third base line to score Guzman to make it 11-4.
Tiffany DeFelice pushed the Gators lead to 12-4 with a leadoff home run in the top of the sixth inning. It was Florida's eighth home run of the game and DeFelice's fourth home run of the season. The Gators took advantage of an Auburn error to plate its final run as Guzman failed to field a ground ball from Paculba, allowing Ensley Gammel to score from third with two outs.
Caitlin Stangl reached on a fielding error to open the bottom of the sixth, but Estell hit into a double play to clear the bases and leave the Tigers with just one out. Rogers ended the game when she forced Maris Medina into a line-out to second base.