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It was quite a weekend for Florida Gators baseball and softball.
Over the last few days, Florida’s teams have combined to register a no-hitter, hit a grand slam, blast a walk-off home run and steal home plate, all while winning five of the six games played between them.
Gators softball’s stellar pitching has not skipped a generation as junior left-hander Delanie Gourley tossed the third no-hitter of her career on Friday in a 16-0 win to open the series against MSU. Gourley improved to 14-2 on the season while striking out four and walking three, becoming just the second player in program history to toss three no-hitters in her career (Hannah Rodgers).
Senior catcher Aubree Munro almost single-handedly pushed Florida passed Mississippi State in game two on Saturday, smacking the first grand slam of her career in a 6-3 win. UF clinched its third straight series victory as sophomore right-hander Aleshia Ocasio improved to 16-1, Gourley registered her fifth save and the Gators stand at 44-3 (14-3 SEC) entering Sunday.
On Sunday, freshman left fielder Amanda Lorenz did single-handedly earn Florida a victory and sweep of Mississippi State with a two-run walk-off homer to left center in the bottom of the 10th.
Florida baseball bounced back from a tough 2-1 extra-innings loss on Thursday with a 6-0 shutout on Friday against Georgia. It was junior center fielder Buddy Reed that stole the show early in the contest, stealing home from third base as part of a four-run first inning that propelled UF to a series-evening win.
Buddy Reed stole home!
— SEC Network (@SECNetwork) April 23, 2016
While Reed earned the highlight, it was junior RHP Logan Shore (8-0) that got most of the accolades due to his complete game shutout two-hitter with six walks. Shore faced the minimum (27 batters) on 101 pitches and only gave up a single walk on the evening.