North Texas Falls To No. 1 Florida, 8-0
Five-Run Fourth Inning Propels Gators To Victory
GAINESVILLE, Florida – No. 1 Florida used timely hits and plated five two-out runs to secure the 8-0 run-rule victory over the North Texas softball team on Friday night at KSP Stadium.
“In the fourth inning, when we had two outs and they had runners in scoring position, our inability to punch that third out hurt us,” head coach Tracey Kee said. “Great teams are going to continue their at-bats and that's exactly what Florida did to put five runs on the board.”
North Texas (24-28) left five runners on base, three of which were in scoring position.
“For us, it’s eliminating the strikeouts that we had,” Kee added. “We had so many and half of them were looking. We have to put the ball in play because when you do that, positive things can happen.”
UF’s Delanie Gourley logged her 16th win of the season, tossing four scoreless innings, allowing one hit with seven strikeouts opposed to one walk. North Texas’ Jessica Elder was dealt the loss, going 3.2 innings, allowing six runs on eight hits with two walks and one strikeout.
“I was happy with Jess’ performance,” Kee said. “She didn’t know she was getting the ball, but we handed it to her and she accepted the challenge. That’s what good leaders do. I thought she did nice job of keeping us in the game as early as she did, but we have to swing the bats better.”
Senior Stacey Underwood finished the game in the circle for North Texas, going 1.1 innings allowing two runs on six hits with two walks.
After two scoreless innings that saw both teams leave runners in scoring position, the Gators broke through against Elder in the top of the third. After back-to-back hits by Kayli Kvistad and Nicole DeWitt, Janell Wheaton gave the Gators a 2-0 lead on a double to left-center field.
Then, UF (47-5) scored five two-out runs in the fourth stanza, highlighted by Wheaton’s two-run single up the middle, making it a 7-0 ballgame.
In the fifth, sophomore Harley Perella singled up the middle, stole second and advanced to third on senior Kelli Schkade's single, but UF’s reliever Aleshia Ocasio retired freshman Lindsay Gregory to strand two runners on base.
UF ended the game in the sixth inning on Ocasio’s double to left center, which plated Wheaton, securing the 8-0 run-rule victory.
- The game against No. 1 Florida marked the second time in program history North Texas played the top-team in the country (Oklahoma 2013).
- Kelli Schkade (2-for-3) and Harley Perella (1-for-1 HBP) each reached twice in the game.
- The hit by pitch was Perella’s eighth of the season.
- The two hit showing marked Schkade's 21st multi-hit game of the season, tying the third-most in a single season for a North Texas player.
- With a walk in the second inning, sophomore Hannah Gerecke moved her season-best reached base streak to 10 games.
- Florida tallied eight doubles, the most the North Texas staff has given up in a single game this season.
Up Next For North Texas
The Mean Green resume play tomorrow at 1 p.m. (ET) against No. 1 Florida followed by a 3:30 p.m. (ET) contest with Florida A&M.