April 27, 2008
Gainesville, Fla. -
The Florida Gators put up five runs in the first inning en route to a 10-1 victory in five innings over the Auburn softball team Sunday to earn a series sweep of the Tigers.
Despite the loss, the Tigers did clinch a spot in the Southeastern Conference Tournament. With one weekend of conference play left, the Tigers' seeding has yet to be determined. Auburn currently holds the seventh seed for the tournament.
The SEC Tournament will be held in Baton Rouge, La., May 8-10
Auburn dropped to 34-19 overall and 10-14 in the SEC. Florida improved to 56-2 overall and 24-1 in the SEC.
Lauren Schmalz took the loss for Auburn to fall to 6-3. Schmalz allowed five runs, two earned, on three hits after recording only two outs in the first inning.
Stacey Nelson improved to 35-2 with the win. Nelson allowed one run, earned, on two hits with seven strikeouts and one walk.
Alicia Hunolt got the Tigers on the board in the top of the first inning with an RBI single. Myesha Finney singled to open the game and moved to second on Kyndall White's sac bunt. With two outs, Hunolt singled down the right field line to score Finney and give the Tigers a 1-0 lead.
The Gators responded, however, in the bottom of the first. Kim Waleszonia led off the frame for Florida with a solo home run over the wall in right to even the game at 1-1. The solo shot came on a 2-1 pitch. Aja Paculba and Ali Gardiner both walked and Francesca Enea singled to load the bases with no outs.
After a strikeout, Tiffany DeFelice hit a sac fly to center to score Paculba to give Florida a 2-1 edge. Megan Bush followed by reaching on a throwing error on shortstop Kyndall White to load the bases. Kristina Hilberth then laced a triple to left-center to clear the bases and give Florida a 5-1 lead.
The Gators increased their lead in second inning. Paculba doubled with one out and came around to score on Enea's single through the left side to push the Florida lead to 6-1. Two batters later, DeFelice singled through the right side to score Gardiner, who reached on a fielder's choice, to make it a 7-1 game.
Paculba made it an 8-1 game with an RBI single in the third inning. Hilberth singled to open the bottom of the third and moved to second on a sac bunt. Paculba then singled up the middle to score Hilberth. With Paculba aboard, Gardiner hit a home run to center that hit the top of the fence and bounced over. The two-run shot made it a 10-1 game and would cap the scoring for both teams.