The Florida Gators proved to be too much for Central Connecticut State University on Tuesday night.
Florida jumped on the board in the third inning when Kelsey Stewart’s triple plated Justine McLean. In the fourth inning Taylore Fuller left the yard, bringing Kristi Merritt and Taylor Schwartz home with her.
Before the inning ended the Gators did more damage with a run from Stewart and a second run from McLean; they took a comfortable 6-0 lead into the fifth.
Bailey Castro added to the lead with a round-tripper, but that was the only run in the fifth frame.
The Blue Devils tried to make it a game in the sixth, scoring two runs off of Delanie Gourley, who came in to relieve Hannah Rogers. Gourley limited the damage, and the Gators moved into the home half of the inning up 7-2.
The final run of the game was scored by Chelsea Herndon, who knocked a leadoff single to begin the sixth. Herndon scored off of Stewart’s single.
On Tuesday the Gators stretched their record to 29-2 overall, 4-2 in the conference. The Orange and Blue retained the nation’s top ranking when the polls came out, despite suffering their second loss last Saturday. They will put that ranking on the line when they host the No. 9 Alabama Crimson Tide, with the first game beginning Friday at 6:00 PM.