Gator Softball 22 Game Win Streak Snapped
GAINESVILLE, Fla. — Gator Softball suffered its first loss of the 2014 season Friday night, falling 2-0 to Ole Miss in the Southeastern Conference opener for both teams.
The contest was a pitchers’ duel; Florida’s Hannah Rogers (Lake Wales, Fla.) and Ole Miss’ Carly Hummel both fired blanks with five strikeouts apiece for the first three innings. The Rebels got on the board first with a pair of doubles in the top of the fourth. The Orange and Blue loaded the bases in the bottom of the frame on an error, a walk and a hit-by-pitch, but could not bring anyone around to score.
Ole Miss loaded the bases against Rogers with two outs in the fifth, but the three-time All-American induced a groundout to end the threat. Sophomore Kelsey Stewart (Wichita, Kan.) singled in the bottom of the inning and then stole second and took third on a throwing error, but the Gators couldn’t convert it into a run.
The Rebels added another run in the sixth on a solo home run, producing the final margin in Ole Miss’ 2-0 win.
· The loss snapped the Gators’ winning streak at 22 games, which represents the second-longest run in program history to begin a season (24 games, 2011).
· Stewart reached base for the 23rd consecutive game to begin the season, and ran her hit streak to six games.
· Junior Lauren Haeger (Peoria, Ariz.) extended her hitting streak to seven games with a single in the first inning.
On Ole Miss pitcher Carly Hummel:
“She had good stuff. When you can throw three different speeds in a couple different locations, it keeps your hitters off balance. I thought she pitched really well.”
On Aubree Munro’s 11-pitch at-bat in the fourth inning:
“That’s why she got that [third] at-bat again in the seventh inning. She had a long at-bat. I had it all mapped out where we could’ve pinch-hit with Briana Little if we needed to in the No. 9 hole to potentially tie the game if we got a runner on base. I thought we showed some fight, but I’m going to give Hummel credit. I thought she pitched well. I thought they did a good job of calling pitches, and we didn’t make as many adjustments as we needed to. Again, I’m going to give her credit.”
On Rogers’ eight strikeouts:
“Hannah was good. You give up two runs and keep the score to two or under, you’ve got a chance to win. We can’t put anything on Hannah. We’ve got to score. We’ve got to give her runs. We just didn’t get it done. You always look after your team’s first loss. They’re either going to play scared, or they’re going to come out like gangbusters and get after it. That’s really the challenge to them. It’s a game. Sometimes you get beat, you lose games. Tonight, we got beat.”
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The Gators’ SEC-opening series against Ole Miss continues Saturday (March 8), when they host Ole Miss at 2 p.m. EST at Katie Seashole Pressly Softball Stadium. Live stats will be available through Gametracker on the GatorZone.com schedule page, and GatorVision will have live video. Radio coverage will be available on WGGG (1230 AM), with Mike Gillespie and former Gator All-American Megan Bush on the call.
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