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Written by Andrew Spivey, May 15, 2015, 1 Comment,
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Gainesville, Fla. –  Freshman pitcher Aleshia Ocasio tied a school record with 17 strikeouts as the No. 1-seeded University of Florida softball team won its NCAA Tournament opener, 6-0, over Florida A&M on Friday night at Katie Seashole Pressly Stadium. The right-hander dominated the Rattlers, allowing just one hit and one walk in a complete-game effort while facing one batter over the minimum.



Kelsey Stewart tripled down the right-field line to lead off the bottom of the first for Florida, coming home with the game’s first run when Nicole DeWitt doubled into the gap in left-center. The freshman later scored from third on a two-out Rattler error. Two innings later, Kirsti Merritt started the third with a single to left, advancing to second on a Bailey Castro groundout and then scoring from second with heads-up baserunning when Lauren Haeger grounded out.



Ocasio helped her own cause with a single in the fourth, scoring two batters later on a Stewart groundout. The Gators (51-6) added to their lead in the following frame. Haeger reached on a fielder’s choice with one out and pinch-runner Francesca Martinez advanced from first to third on a passed ball before coming home on Taylore Fuller’s sacrifice fly.



After the Rattlers (18-38) logged their only hit of the night on a bloop single in the sixth, which also was their only ball hit out of the infield, Florida scored a run for the fourth consecutive inning when Merritt drew a bases-loaded walk to raise the Gator lead to 6-0. The free pass completed the scoring for the night as Ocasio (17-3) struck out the side in the seventh to tie the school record.



STARS OF THE GAME

·         Aleshia Ocasio: The freshman delivered an historic performance in her NCAA Tournament debut.

·         Kelsey Stewart: The SEC Player of the Year tied her own school record with her 10th triple of the season (also: 2013).

·         Nicole DeWitt: Playing in the NCAA Tournament for the first time, the California native opened the scoring with an RBI double in the first.



NOTABLES

·         Ocasio tied the school record with 17 strikeouts in a game (also: Renise Landry, Feb. 20, 2000, vs. Samford – eight innings).

·         The 17 strikeouts are the most ever by a Gator pitcher in a seven-inning game.

·         The freshman’s performance marked the first time a Gator pitcher recorded 15+ strikeouts in a regulation game since Jenny Gladding had 15 against Nebraska on Feb. 21, 2004.

·         Florida’s first-year pitcher fanned at least two batters in six of the seven innings, striking out the side four times.

·         The St. Cloud, Fla., native now has 152 whiffs on the season, which is the third-highest total ever for a Florida freshman.

·         Ocasio’s 17 wins also stand third among first-year Gators.

·         Every batter in the Florida A&M lineup struck out at least once against the Florida right-hander.

·         A UF freshman shut out the Rattlers in the first game of an NCAA Regional for the second consecutive season, following Delanie Gourley’s no-hitter in 2014.

·         Stewart’s three-base hit was her 26th career triple, extending her program benchmark.

·         The Wichita, Kan., native had her team-leading eighth game with three or more hits.

·         Fuller had 14 putouts, tying her career-high (also: 2/14 vs. NC State).

UP NEXT
Florida will face Hofstra on Saturday at 1 p.m. ET. Live video of the game will be available on ESPN3<http://espn.go.com/watchespn/>, with Jonathan Yardley (play-by-play) and former Arizona All-American Jenny Dalton-Hill (analysis) on the call. Florida Sports Talk will have the radio broadcast with Adam Schick (play-by-play) and former Gator All-American Megan Bush (analysis) as the announce team. In addition, live stats will be available through GameTracker on the schedule page<http://www.gatorzone.com/schedule.php?sport=softb> of GatorZone.com.

 

Andrew Spivey

About Andrew Spivey

Andrew always knew he wanted to be involved with sports in some capacity. He began by coaching high school football for six years before deciding to pursue a career in journalism. While coaching, he was a part of two state semifinal teams in the state of Alabama. Given his past coaching experience, he figured covering recruiting would be a perfect fit. He began his career as an intern for Rivals.com, covering University of Florida football recruiting. After interning with Rivals for six months, he joined the Gator Country family as a recruiting analyst. Andrew enjoys spending his free time on the golf course and watching his beloved Atlanta Braves. Follow him on Twitter at @AndrewSpiveyGC.

  1. malscottMay 15, 2015, 11:18 pm

    Bad-Ass Gator gals doin’ their thang…Go Gators :)

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Gainesville, Fla. –  Freshman pitcher Aleshia Ocasio tied a school record with 17 strikeouts as the No. 1-seeded University of Florida softball team won its NCAA Tournament opener, 6-0, over Florida A&M on Friday night at Katie Seashole Pressly Stadium. The right-hander dominated the Rattlers, allowing just one hit and one walk in a complete-game effort while facing one batter over the minimum.



Kelsey Stewart tripled down the right-field line to lead off the bottom of the first for Florida, coming home with the game’s first run when Nicole DeWitt doubled into the gap in left-center. The freshman later scored from third on a two-out Rattler error. Two innings later, Kirsti Merritt started the third with a single to left, advancing to second on a Bailey Castro groundout and then scoring from second with heads-up baserunning when Lauren Haeger grounded out.



Ocasio helped her own cause with a single in the fourth, scoring two batters later on a Stewart groundout. The Gators (51-6) added to their lead in the following frame. Haeger reached on a fielder’s choice with one out and pinch-runner Francesca Martinez advanced from first to third on a passed ball before coming home on Taylore Fuller’s sacrifice fly.



After the Rattlers (18-38) logged their only hit of the night on a bloop single in the sixth, which also was their only ball hit out of the infield, Florida scored a run for the fourth consecutive inning when Merritt drew a bases-loaded walk to raise the Gator lead to 6-0. The free pass completed the scoring for the night as Ocasio (17-3) struck out the side in the seventh to tie the school record.



STARS OF THE GAME

·         Aleshia Ocasio: The freshman delivered an historic performance in her NCAA Tournament debut.

·         Kelsey Stewart: The SEC Player of the Year tied her own school record with her 10th triple of the season (also: 2013).

·         Nicole DeWitt: Playing in the NCAA Tournament for the first time, the California native opened the scoring with an RBI double in the first.



NOTABLES

·         Ocasio tied the school record with 17 strikeouts in a game (also: Renise Landry, Feb. 20, 2000, vs. Samford – eight innings).

·         The 17 strikeouts are the most ever by a Gator pitcher in a seven-inning game.

·         The freshman’s performance marked the first time a Gator pitcher recorded 15+ strikeouts in a regulation game since Jenny Gladding had 15 against Nebraska on Feb. 21, 2004.

·         Florida’s first-year pitcher fanned at least two batters in six of the seven innings, striking out the side four times.

·         The St. Cloud, Fla., native now has 152 whiffs on the season, which is the third-highest total ever for a Florida freshman.

·         Ocasio’s 17 wins also stand third among first-year Gators.

·         Every batter in the Florida A&M lineup struck out at least once against the Florida right-hander.

·         A UF freshman shut out the Rattlers in the first game of an NCAA Regional for the second consecutive season, following Delanie Gourley’s no-hitter in 2014.

·         Stewart’s three-base hit was her 26th career triple, extending her program benchmark.

·         The Wichita, Kan., native had her team-leading eighth game with three or more hits.

·         Fuller had 14 putouts, tying her career-high (also: 2/14 vs. NC State).

UP NEXT
Florida will face Hofstra on Saturday at 1 p.m. ET. Live video of the game will be available on ESPN3<http://espn.go.com/watchespn/>, with Jonathan Yardley (play-by-play) and former Arizona All-American Jenny Dalton-Hill (analysis) on the call. Florida Sports Talk will have the radio broadcast with Adam Schick (play-by-play) and former Gator All-American Megan Bush (analysis) as the announce team. In addition, live stats will be available through GameTracker on the schedule page<http://www.gatorzone.com/schedule.php?sport=softb> of GatorZone.com.

 

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