Junior Lauren Haeger (9-1) came up big for the Gators on Saturday, winning the game with her arm and bat. As a pitcher, she threw a shutout; as a batter, two hits and four RBI, including a seventh-inning Grand Slam. Haeger did not issue a single free pass, recorded three Ks, and 82 of her 113 pitches went for strikes. Haeger has not walked a batter in five of her nine starts.
The Gators were aggressive at the plate, tallying 15 hits on their way to 11 runs. In addition to the Grand Slam, Taylor Schwarz, Kelsey Stewart, and Brianna Little each went yard, fueling the 11-0 win.
Haeger went right back to work in the third inning on Sunday. Stewart was on base after an RBI single that scored Taylore Fuller, and Stephanie Tofft walked, then Haeger came to the plate and hit a three-run homer to center field. That blast gave UF a 4-0 lead.
The Hogs would not be shutout on Sunday though; a pair of hits in the bottom of the fourth put Arkansas on the board and ended the 12-inning scoring drought.
Florida added some insurance in the sixth off of Stewart’s second RBI of the day; her single drove in Schwarz who walked earlier in the inning. That was the fifth and final run of the day for the Gators.
Hannah Rogers earned her 120th career win on Sunday, allowing only two walks, three hits, and one earned run in the 5-1 victory.
Coach Walton’s team outscored their Razorback counterparts by a total of 24-4 over the weekend, with the Gators hitting eight home runs.
Florida (45-10, 15-9) clinched the fourth spot in the SEC Tournament, and will wait to find out who and when they will play. The tournament will be hosted by the Gamecocks in Columbia, and is slated for the 7th-10th. Stay tuned for the tournament schedule.