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No. 3/3 Florida Walks Off With 2-1 Win Over Liberty in 10 Innings

February 25, 2017  Kissimmee, Fla.   RSS
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Tori Zavodny had one hit against Florida on Saturday.

Tori Zavodny had one hit against Florida on Saturday.

In a pitchers' duel that required extra innings, No. 3/3 Florida came back for a 2-1 win over Liberty with a walk-off single by Chelsea Herndon in the 10th inning, Saturday at the Citrus Classic 1.

With the win, Florida improves to 13-1 on the season, while the Lady Flames fall to 7-5 on the campaign. The Gators have won both all-time meetings.

Florida left 16 runners on base, compared to four for the Lady Flames in a game that saw only six total hits.

Liberty took a 1-0 lead in the top of the ninth inning. With the International tie-breaker in effect, Tori Zavodny singled to right, putting runners on the corners. Sarah Robertson then came through with a sacrifice fly, plating Channing Cox for the go-ahead run.

The Gators scratched across a run in the bottom of the frame. Julia DiMartino struck out Lorenz, before a hit batter and a single by Kayli Kvistad loaded the bases. Jaimie Hoover then skied a sacrifice fly to right, knotting the game at 1-1. DiMartino fanned DeWitt, sending the game to the 10th.

Delanie Gourley struck out all three Lady Flames in the top of the 10th. Florida sent its runner to third with a sacrifice bunt. After two outs, Herndon lined a single to left, giving the Gators the win.

Gourley (6-1) earned the win, with three innings of one-hit relief in which she struck out eight batters. Starter Aleshia Ocasio yielded just one hit in seven innings of work, walking one and striking out four.

The Lady Flames held the Gators hitless through six innings. Chase Cassady tossed four inning of hitless softball as the starter, walking three and striking out four. Julia DiMartino (2-1) drew the loss, allowing two unearned runs on four hits, with five strikeouts and four walks in 5 2/3 innings of relief.

Herndon batted 2-for-3 with one RBI, while Sophia Reynoso and Kvistad had one hit apiece for the Gators.

Liberty's Jaclyn Amader and Zavodny had one hit each.

Cassady worked into and out of trouble in the bottom of the first. She hit Lorenz and walked Kvistad, before an error loaded the bases. The Liberty right-hander then struck out DeWitt and Roberts to keep the game scoreless.

Florida put a runner in scoring position during the second. Herndon drew a one-out walk before stealing second. Cassady retired the next two batters on a strikeout and flyout.

Ocasio set down the first eight batters she faced, before issuing a two-out walk to Click in the third stanza. Click was thrown out trying to steal second base to end the inning.

Amber Bishop reached on an error with two outs in the fourth, before Emily Sweat grounded to second for the third out.

Amader led off the fifth inning with a single to right, the first base hit of the game by either team. Taylor popped out on a sacrifice bunt attempt, and Florida turned a double play. A flyout by See brought the top of the fifth to a close.

DiMartino came on in relief of Cassady to start the bottom of the fifth. Her fielding error gave Florida a one-out runner, before a fielder's choice and flyout quelled the rally.

Ocasio pitched a 1-2-3 Liberty seventh, bringing the Gators to bat. Herndon lined a leadoff single to right-center, as Florida's first hit of the game put the winning run on base with nobody out. A sacrifice bunt sent the runner to second. After a walk, Reynoso hit an infield single. DiMartino got the final two outs on a flyout and groundout.

With the International tiebreaker in effect to start the eighth, Taylor Hoffman was placed on second. Gourley came on in relief of Ocasio, striking out the side.

The Gators threated in the bottom of the eighth, filling the bases with two outs before Liberty's Jasmeen Click made a game-saving, diving catch on a sinking liner by Justine McLean.