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Florida Softball completes season sweep over FSU

The top-ranked Florida softball team defeated Florida State by a score of 1-0 on Wednesday night in a continuation of the game that started on April 13 in Gainesville. Before that, the Gators took the regularly scheduled game by a score of 7-1.

Florida’s first victory (the regularly scheduled May 4 game) was an offensive delight for the Gators. Nicole DeWitt and Aubree Munro each had two hits, while the team combined for nine hits in Tallahassee.

Florida scored three runs in the third inning and never looked back.

The Gators won the game 7-1.

It was interesting, though, that the Gators quickly forgot about their offensive prowess and laid flat in the first few innings of game two.

“The first seven innings today was probably as well as we’ve hit the ball all year long,” Gators head coach Tim Walton said. “We really hit the ball well to all fields. And then we start game two and we reverted back to game one style again. Obviously, a lot of that has to do with Jessica Burroughs. She threw a really good game and she really threw a great game over the last three-plus weeks.”

Florida’s second victory came by a walk-off home run in the 12th inning from Aleshia Ocasio, who picked up the win on the mound, as well.

“It was a really good feeling being on both sides of that win,” Ocasio said. “I was thrilled to be able to help my team out both offensively and defensively. I was shocked that that ball went out. I was running hard out of the box because I wasn’t sure if it would get out of the park, but I’m glad it did. It was a great team win.”

With both wins, Florida improved to 49-4 on the year.

The Gators will now be returning to Gainesville for a three-game weekend series (May 6-8) against the Arkansas Razorbacks.

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