Florida’s Danielle Romanello made the most of her appearance in Monday’s rubber match against Alabama.
Romanello had a pinch hit 2-RBI double in the fourth to tie the ball game, and remained in the game as the designated player. In her second at-bat, the 5’9 freshman from St. Petersburg, crushed her first career homer over the right field fence. This was her first collegiate career home run, and it represented the game winning score.
Romanello’s two base hits were all the Gators could muster against Alabama ace Alexis Osorio (though her teammates did walk eleven times).
The performance, in front of a capacity (and chirpy) Alabama crowd of 3,156, earned Romanello the SEC’s Freshman of the Week honor.
The honor is the first such award of Romanello’s career.
Romanello has appeared in 25 games for the Gators, including four starts. She has 7 RBI and has scored three runs thus far in 2018.
Florida will travel to Tallahassee on Wednesday for a midweek battle against the rival Seminoles before returning home against South Carolina in a three-game weekend series.