SPECIAL TO FIGHTIN' GATORS
UF outscored its four Tampa opponents 38-1, while mercy-ruling all of them. In addition, Florida shutout and ruled-ruled its first three opponents for the first time since 2012.
The Gators became the first defending NCAA Champion to shut out its first three opponents since 1992, when Arizona shutout its first seven foes.
Aleshia Ocasio (1-0) tossed a three-hit six-inning shutout against Va. Tech in the opening game. The sophomore notched seven strikeouts and walked just one. She faced just 12 batters through the first four innings, but allowed three hits in the final two frames.
In the nightcap, freshman Kelly Barnhill and junior Delanie Gourley (2-0) combined for seven punch outs while allowing just one run on two hits.
Offensively, freshman Amanda Lorenz led the way as she was 2 for 3 with a double, three runs scored and three RBI vs. the Hokies. Against the Bulls, sophomore Janell Wheaton went 3 for 3 with five RBI, one run scored and hit her second-career home run.
Since 2010, UF is now 28-1 when playing in Tampa/Clearwater during the season's first weekend (only loss: Feb. 13, 2010, 3-0 vs. Georgia Tech).
Florida will open its home schedule on Wednesday when it hosts Jacksonville in a doubleheader at Katie Seashole Pressly Stadium at 5 p.m. The home opener will be streamed on SEC Network+ and WGGG-AM & WMOP-AM/FM<http://floridagators.com/schedule.aspx?path=softball&> will have the radio broadcast. Check FloridaGators.com later this week for more info on the game.