GAINESVILLE, Fla. — No. 1 Florida got pair of run-scoring hits with two outs and escaped some early jams to key a 3-0 win and sweep the softball series over No. 5 Louisiana-Lafayette on Sunday at Katie Seashole Pressly Stadium.
The Gators (41-3) scored all three runs via the two-out hits, and Delanie Gourley began 4.1 innings of relief by working out of a bases-loaded jam with Florida up 2-0 in the third inning.
The Ragin’ Cajuns (32-6) had five players record a base hit, including Kara Gremillion, whose 1-for-2 performance gave her a hit in each game of the series.
Alex Stewart (17-3) scattered six hits, struck out three and retired the final seven batters she faced.
Gremillion, Sara Corbello, Haley Hayden and Shellie Landry each posted a hit to combine for four of the Cajuns’ five base hits.
The Ragin’ Cajuns threatened in their first three at-bats, which led to an early exit for Florida starting pitcher Kelly Barnhill.
Barnhill escaped a pair of two-out walks in the first inning with a strikeout of DJ Sanders. In the second inning, Corbello led off with a single and Gremillion walked, but Barnhill came away unharmed when she initiated a triple play on a bunt attempt by Kassidy Zeringue.
In the third, Landry doubled, Vincent singled and Aleah Craighton walked to load the bases. Barnhill was replaced bt Gourley, who secured the final out.
Florida, which grabbed a 2-0 lead in the second inning on a two-out, two-run double by Aubree Munro, added an insurance run on a two-out RBI single from Nicole DeWitt in the bottom of the third.
From there, Stewart and Gourley dueled, and there were a combined four 1-2-3 innings between the two.
The Ragin’ Cajuns had runners in the fifth and seventh on singles by Hayden and Gremillion, but Gourley escaped both times.
The Cajuns close out their seven-game road trip Wednesday at McNeese State (30-10) at 6 p.m.