FLORIDA 18, HAMPTON 0 (5)
Gainesville, FL– It appears that Aleshia Ocasio has an early track for this week’s SEC Pitcher of the Week honor. Ocasio followed her Wednesday night no-hitter against Florida International with a combined perfect game with freshman Natalie Lugo.
Ocasio threw three innings, striking out five while Lugo pitched the final two innings, totaling a pair of punchouts. This was only the second combined perfecto in program history.
The two pitchers threw a total of 59 pitches in the win.
As dominant as the pitching was, the offense made it particularly easy for them, exploding for 18 runs and 19 hits.
Ocasio enjoyed a 9-0 lead after Florida’s first at-bat thanks to three first inning three-run homers. First baseman Kayli Kvistad hit a blast to center that scored Amanda Lorenz and Nicole DeWitt. RF Jaimie Hoover also hit a three-run shot just four batters later to put the Gators up 6-0. DeWitt’s second at-bat in the first resulted in another homer that put the Gators up 9-0.
Freshman second baseman Hannah Adams hit a two run homer for Florida’s only scores in the second.
Fellow freshman Jordan Matthews crushed a pitch to right for yet another three-run homer to put the Gators in control 14-0 in the third inning.
Florida would tack on three more runs in their final at-bat in the fourth frame.
The Gators were able to play a large number of players thanks to the large lead. Freshman Haven Sampson (LF), freshman Josie Page (PR), junior Lily Mann (RF), sophomore Katie Chronister (PH), freshman Danielle Romanello (C) junior Theresa Swertfager (PH) all saw action in reserve roles for Florida. Even Florida’s star pitcher, Kelly Barnhill, had an at-bat. She walked to load the bases in the fourth inning.
Florida was scheduled to play Jacksonville after the game, and while the game did get underway, the rains came in and forced the postponement of the rest of the game. The game will pick up where it left off tomorrow with the teams tied at one in the fifth inning.
The Gators will face Hampton at 12:30 PM, and will then finish the game with Jacksonville, before playing another full game against the Dolphins.
W: Ocasio (13-2)
L: Allie Hotetz (7-8)