Florida starting pitcher Delanie Gourley throws during a softball game against North Texas at Katie Seashole Pressly Stadium in Gainesville. The Gators beat North Texas 8-0.

UF softball: No. 1 Gators celebrate seniors, roll Mean Green

Special to the Sun
Saturday, May 06, 2017 8:39 PM

The Florida softball team took time to recognize three seniors, Chelsea Herndon, Justine McLean and Delanie Gourley prior to a 9-0 win Saturday over North Texas at Katie Seashole Pressly Stadium.

"It's not only their on-the-field success and the five championships that they've won since they've been here, but just the way they compete," UF coach Tim Walton said. "All three always have smiles on their faces and all three of them do it right way in the classroom. They're all good kids, they have fun and they work hard, but I think the easiest thing I can see is they have a truly infectious positive personality."

All three Gator seniors received starts and Gourley picked up her 17th win of the season in the circle after she threw 4.2 innings of shutout against the Mean Green (24-29).

Florida (48-5) picked up where it left off Friday, but found a different way to put itself into scoring position.

In the first inning, the Gators drew three straight walks with one out to load the bases. Aleshia Ocasio drove in two with a single. Herndon drove in the third run on a grounder.

Gourley and the Gators defense made sure the 3-0 lead held up as she fanned five batters and scattered a trio of hits over the next 3.2 innings. Kelly Barnhill came in relief with two outs in the top of the fifth and the game tying run on deck. It took just four pitches to strikeout the Mean Green's best hitter.

After the team exploded for five runs Friday against North Texas in the fourth inning, the Gators produced six runs in the fifth to secure the team's 14th mercy rule victory of the season. Amanda Lorenz led off the inning with a solo home run and was followed by a single from Kayli Kvistad and an RBI double by Nicole DeWitt before the first out was recorded.

Ocasio drove in her third run of the game on a double and later scored on a bunt single by Herndon that put the Gators ahead 7-0. Freshman Jordan Roberts put the game away with her eighth home run of the season.

The Gators will wrap up the regular season Sunday with a doubleheader starting at noon against North Texas with a game against Florida A&M to follow.






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