Florida (64-2) took the lead in the top of the third. Sophomore Corrie Brooks hit a solo home run over the fence in left field. The home run that gave the Gators the 1-0 lead was Brooks' third of the season and second in as many games.
The Gators took a 3-0 lead in the top of the sixth. Junior Kim
Waleszonia led off the inning with a bunt single. She
advanced to second on a wild pitch from UCF pitcher Allison Kime. A
sacrifice bunt by freshman Aja Paculba moved
Waleszonia to third. Junior Ali Gardiner drew a walk on
a 3-1 count to put Gators on the corners. Junior Le-Net Franklin
came in to pinch for Gardiner and stole second for her
seventh stolen base of the season. Sophomore Francesca Enea took the team led in RBI with her 56th and 57th of the
season as she knocked in both Waleszonia and Franklin for the 3-0 lead.
Junior Stacey Nelson improved to 42-2 on the
season. The shut out was 15th of the season. She struck out five batters
while scattering five hits and did not allow a walk. Kime pitched six
innings in the loss. She struck out four Gator batters, walked two and
gave up four hits. Ashleigh Cole pitched the final inning for UCF.
UCF got the first hit of the game as lead off batter Tiffany Lane
singled deep on the left side of the infield. The Gator defense would
take care of the next three batters to end the inning.
Florida got its first runner on base in the top of the second as Enea
led off the inning with a base hit to right. She was thrown out at
second as freshman Tiffany DeFelice reached on a
fielder's choice. The next two Gators grounded out to end the inning.
UCF added another runner in the second as Lexi Gresham was hit by a
Nelson pitch, but she would not advance further as a Nelson strikeout
and a ground out to Nelson ended the threat.
The bottom of the third brought another UCF hit and a Gator error, as
the Knights threatened to score. Lead off batter Abby McClain reached on
a Gator error. With one out, Marquita Council singled to left. Breanne
Javier reached on a fielder's choice as Nelson connected with Brooks at
third for the second out of the inning. Hillary Barrow lined out to
Paculba at second to stymie the Knights scoring chances.
Neither team added a hit to their total until the UCF half of the fifth
when McClain singled to left with one out. Lane followed with another
base hit to put runners at first and second. Nelson connected with
Brooks again on a fielder's choice play for the second out of the
inning. A Javier ground out to Paculba ended the inning.
The Gator defense took care of business in the final two innings,
sitting the UCF batters d own in order.
Florida will face the winner of tonight's 6 p.m. game in the
championship game Sunday at 1 p.m.
Courtesy UF Sports Information
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