By Maren Angus
It was the quite the coming home party for several women on the Florida softball team Thursday afternoon at the 13th annual Judi Garman Classic in Fullerton, Calif.
Florida 13 LMU 0
Amanda Lorenz (Moorpark, Calif./Moorpark) had a career day at the plate in game one’s 13-0 win against Loyola Marymount. The junior was 4-for-4 with six runs batted in, four runs scored and two home runs.
Lorenz and Nicole DeWitt (Garden Grove, Calif./ Pacifica) went back-to-back in the top of the first inning to give the Gators an early 2-0 lead. From there, UF scattered hits and runs until freshman Jordan Matthews (Anaheim, Calif./El Dorado) hit an opposite field home run in the top of the fourth inning to make the score 9-0.
Lorenz ended the scoring with a grand slam in the fifth and the Gators locked up their 13th shutout of the season. Aleshia Ocasio got the win striking out seven, walking one and allowing one hit in four innings. Natalie Lugo closed the game and struck out two in the final inning.
Florida 10 CSU Fullerton 0
The Gators extended their shutout streak to six games in a 10-0 win over tournament hosts Cal State Fullerton.
Kelly Barnhill struck out eight Titans, walked four and allowed one hit in four innings. Katie Chronister relieved the starter in the fifth inning and persevered the shutout.
Florida scored one run in the first inning but struggled to find the scoreboard until the fourth when the Gators exploded for seven runs. DeWitt launched her second home run of the day and Jordan Roberts joined in on the party with a three-run home run of her own.
Comments from Florida Head Coach Tim Walton
On the offensive production from the California natives…
“When we typically come out here, we have at least one, sometimes two, but obviously today we had most of them stepping up, hitting home runs and having a good day. Amanda had a really good first game and Nicole had a nice second game. They seem to come out here and really rise to the occasion.”
On the luxury of having a versatile lineup…
“I think that’s the key in recruiting, you’re just trying to find the right dynamic. Sometimes you get great defensive players and sometimes you get great speed and offensive players but having Aleshia Ocasio and Katie Chronister as pitchers who can play offense it makes us a little more dynamic. In the middle of the field we have the same thing. Our shortstop can play second, third base can play second…we have a lot of moving parts and it is a luxury but by design recruiting wise. I love to recruit athletes who can do a lot of things.”
Thoughts about the pitching staff’s six consecutive shutouts…
“The key for us is pitching and defense. That’s what is going to win championships but when we swing the bat like we did today and pitch and play defense it’s really tough to beat us. We had 10 walks and six home runs on the day. If you throw strikes, we are going to hit the ball hard. If you throw balls, we are going to be disciplined.”
Charlotte 0 Stanford 4
The Stanford Cardinal jumped out to an early 2-0 lead against the Charlotte 49ers in the bottom of the second inning, scored one more in third and the fifth to clinch an opening win at the Judi Garman Classic in Fullerton.
Maddy Dwyer pitched her fourth shutout of the season in a three-hit, complete-game effort. She also struck out five and walked one.
Teaghan Cowles and Hannah Howell had two-hit nights while Montana Dixon, Kristina Inouye and Lauren Wegner each had one RBI.