FULLERTON, Calif. -- Top-ranked Florida defeated two Pac-12 opponents on Friday at the Judi Garman Classic to run its season-opening winning streak to 26 games. The Gators took Game 1 against No. 13 Arizona 10-0 (6 innings) before defeating No. 2 Oregon 5-1.
Delanie Gourley earned the win in the opener after she allowed three hits and two walks with three strikeouts in six scoreless innings, while Aleshia Ocasio notched a victory in the second game as she gave up one earned run on six hits with no walks and eight strikeouts in seven frames.
Florida’s offense came alive early against the Wildcats as Kirsti Merritt drew a one-out walk in the top of the first to set up a two-run home run to left center field by Lauren Haeger. The Gators loaded the bases in the fourth on two singles and a UA error before a walk to Aubree Munro forced in a run to extend UF’s lead to three.
A leadoff single from Bailey Castro and a fielder’s choice by Taylore Fuller set up another two-run home run in the fifth, this one down the left field line by Briana Little. Five consecutive batters reached for the Orange and Blue to start the sixth, with Haeger driving in Stewart on an RBI single before Fuller produced the final 10-0 margin with a grand slam to left.
The home run theme continued for Florida (26-0) in Game 2 against Oregon, as Merritt and Castro both hit solo shots in the top of the first to put the Gators ahead 2-0. After two quiet innings, UF erupted for three runs in the fourth. Taylor Schwarz scored on a bases-loaded fielder’s choice by Stewart, who then teamed with Medina on a double-steal to send the shortstop home. An RBI double by Merritt then plated Stewart to push the lead to 5-0.
Oregon scored a run with one out in the bottom of the seventh on a bases-loaded sacrifice fly to left. A groundout to Ocasio finished the 5-1 win.