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No.3 Florida Softball takes home SEC sweep of Arkansas with Horton solo walk-off homer

By on March 25th, 2013

With two strikes and two outs in the bottom of the seventh inning in a scoreless game Florida senior Kelsey Horton smashed a pitch deep over the left field wall to give the Gators their first SEC sweep of the season as Florida beat Arkansas 1-0 on Saturday.

Horton, who entered the at-bat 0 for 2 on the day, smashed just her fourth homer on the season in dramatic fashion. Horton says it was her time to get in on the fun.

Junior Hannah Rogers continued her dominance in the circle, throwing seven shutout innings while striking out six and allowing only three hits. Rogers faced several tough jams, including the top of the fifth inning when the Razorbacks led off the inning with a double. Following a sacrifice bunt that advanced Sierra Bronkey to third, Rogers finished the inning with a pop up and fly out to escape the jam. Rogers says her approach with runners on base is just like pitching with the bases empty.

Rogers (17-2, 1.13 ERA) finished the weekend with 19 total strikeouts and walked away with two victories. With the win Florida improves its record to 31-3 on the season and to 17-1 at home. Gator coach Tim Walton talks about the success Rogers has had throughout the season.

Up next the Gators will play host to in-state rival FSU Wednesday at Katie Seashole Pressly Stadium.


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