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Top Ranked Gator Softball Flirts With Perfection to Stay Perfect

By on February 23rd, 2014

There was no hint of rain coming into the Gator?s doubleheader on Saturday. Unlike Day 1 of the Lipton Invitational where rain pushed games back, some as much as three hours.

But Day 2 of the tournament brought different fortune. In the first game of the back-to-back doubleheader, the Gators (16-0, 0-0 SEC) faced off against the Troy Trojans (4-6-1, 0-0 Atlantic Sun). Fans in attendance were treated to Gator junior Lauren Haeger (5-0) flirting with a perfect game. Haeger took the perfect game into the seventh inning, but saw it disappear off the bat of Troy?s Erica Davis with two outs.

With the perfect game gone, Haeger would give up a two-run homer off the center field scoreboard, but would complete the game for the 12-2 win. Haeger would also help her own cause, going 2-5 with two doubles and four RBI, along with her four strikeouts on the mound.

In the first matchup against Troy, Haeger was not the only one who provided the offensive surge. Sophomore Kelsey Stewart went 3-5 ? scoring three times ? and senior Stephanie Toft went 2-3 with three RBI.

In the second matchup, the Gators played host to the Indiana Hoosiers (1-11, 0-0 Big Ten). The Gators would go on to shutout the Hoosiers 8-0 in five innings. Another star performance from the circle saw junior Hannah Rogers (6-0) throw a five-inning no-hitter. The six strikeout no-no was her first on the seaon and third in her career.

The first big offensive spark came off the bat of junior Briana Little who went deep with a two-run homerun in the bottom of the second inning. The final surge came off the bat of sophomore Kayla Merrit, who blasted a three-run homer as a pinch hitter in the bottom of the fourth inning.

With these two victories, the Gators move to 4-0 on the weekend. The team looks to complete their weekend sweep on Sunday with a third straight doubleheader, as they face the Coastal Carolina Chanticleers at 1 PM and the Georgia Southern Eagles at 3:15 PM.


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