Pitching, defense carry No. 3 Florida to shutout victory against No. 13 Kentucky
GAINESVILLE, Fla. -- Third-ranked Florida defeated No. 13 Kentucky 1-0 on Saturday at Katie Seashole Pressly Stadium in front of the largest home crowd in program history. Lauren Haeger won a pitchers’ duel, allowing just two hits and one walk with four strikeouts in seven innings to run her season-opening win streak to 18 games.
"I was hitting my spots and my corners really well, getting them to chase a little out of the zone which was good,” Haeger said. “I was keeping them on their toes by showing my offside and just keeping their eyes all over the place."
Florida’s offense started quickly as Kelsey Stewart led off the bottom of the first with an infield single, advancing to third on a groundout and a walk to set up a run-scoring base hit to shortstop by Taylore Fuller.
The run was enough for the Gators as Haeger bested Kentucky pitcher Kelsey Nunley. Haeger had help from a spotless defense that featured a diving catch in foul territory by Kathlyn Medina in the sixth and an over-the-shoulder grab by Fuller on a popup in the seventh.