No. 5 seed Florida Gators softball (49-11) made quick work of the No. 12 seed Washington Huskies (36-14) on Saturday, ousting the visitors 9-0 in a five-inning, run-ruled win in the first game of the Gainesville Super Regional at Pressly Softball Stadium in Gainesville, Florida.
Senior right-handed pitcher Hannah Rogers (5.0 IP, 4 H, 2 BB, 5 K) tossed a complete game shutout for the Gators, which led 2-0 through three innings but broke out with a seven-run fourth to leave the Huskies in their dust.
Things got started for Florida in the fourth when sophomore catcher Aubree Munro singled to start the frame and junior shortstop Kathlyn Medina followed with a double down the left field line. A sacrifice fly from sophomore second baseman Kelsey Stewart (2/3, RBI, R) scored Munro from third, and Medina came around one batter later when senior third baseman Stephanie Tofft singled to shortstop.
After a wild pitch, walk and hit by pitch, UF had the bases loaded with one down. Junior RF Bailey Castro (0/0, 2 RBI, R, 2 BB) laid down a sacrifice squeeze bunt to score Tofft (1/2, RBI, R, BB) from third, and consecutive walks on seven total pitches brought junior designated player Lauren Haeger (0/0, R, 2 BB) and junior left fielder Briana Little (0/2, R) around to score.
Back-to-back singles from Munro (2/3, 2 RBI, R) and Medina (2/3, RBI, R) scored freshman right fielder Justine McLean (0/0, R) and sophomore first baseman Taylor Schwarz (0/2, RBI, R, BB), respectively, pushing the Gators lead to 9-0 before the inning came to a close on a Stewart liner.
Rogers gave up a pair of singles in the top of the fifth but ended the frame clean to send Florida to the four-and-a-half-inning victory.
The Gators will next host the Huskies on Sunday at noon in the second game of the best-of-three Gainesville Super Regional. The contest will air live on ESPN with a rubber match scheduled for immediately afterward, if necessary.
UF has outscored its four 2014 NCAA Tournament opponents 38-0.