Lady Gators Chomp LSU, 12-0
POSTED: Sunday, April 19, 2009 - 5:40pm
UPDATED: Thursday, June 3, 2010 - 10:58pm
Ali Gardiner hit a pair of two-run homers in the first and second innings as top-ranked Florida completed a weekend sweep with a 12-0 win over the #18 LSU softball team Sunday at the new Tiger Park.
It was the first time that the Tigers (27-13-1, 10-9-1 SEC) have allowed double digit runs since the Georgia series opener during the 2007 season.
“It was all Florida. They are very good, and we didn’t show up today,” head coach Yvette Girouard said. “There aren’t very many bright spots for the Tigers when you can’t touch home plate, but no doubt this game was all Florida.”
The Gators (46-3, 23-1 SEC) also made the most of two LSU errors in the second and fourth innings that extended frames allowing Florida to score 10 unearned runs. Kelsey Bruder and Megan Bush tacked on homers to cap a six-run fourth inning.
Stacey Nelson tossed a five-hit shutout and compiled seven strikeouts to improve to 27-3, while Cody Trahan dropped to 7-5 for the Tigers.
Down 2-0 in the first inning, LSU loaded the bases as Jazz Jackson and Ashley Applegate knocked a pair of infield singles coupled with a Juliana Santos walk. On a 1-2 pitch, Anissa Young hit a chopper that Nelson was able to field fully extended. She flipped to first to retire the side.
“We had opportunities in each game, but just didn’t capitalize,” Jackson said. “Florida does a really good of capitalizing on every mistake. Losing this series is a bump in the road, but it’s not our last opportunity to get where we want to go. We have to put this behind us as soon as possible and move on.”
LSU wraps up the non-conference portion of its schedule Wednesday at McNesse State. First pitch against the Cowgirls is slated for 6 p.m.