softball-d1 flag

Florida Athletics | March 14, 2015

Stewart scores on passed ball to lift No. 1 Florida past No. 3 LSU

GAINESVILLE, Fla. -- In a matchup of unbeaten squads, the No. 1 Florida defeated No. 3 LSU 4-3 on Friday night in the first game of the Gators’ Southeastern Conference schedule.

The teams scored in bunches as Florida answered the Tigers’ two-run third inning with three runs of its own and the Orange and Blue matched LSU’s score in seventh-inning run to seal the win. Lauren Haeger (12-0) got the win for pitching the final frame in relief of Aleshia Ocasio. 

LSU got on the board in the third inning when a pair of singles and a Florida throwing error led to two Tiger runs. The Gators (28-0, 1-0 SEC) loaded the bases with one out in the home half on a Kelsey Stewart single and two walks. Taylore Fuller was hit by a pitch to force in the run before Briana Little’s infield single scored Kirsti Merritt. An LSU throwing error on the play allowed Haegerto come home, giving the Orange and Blue a 3-2 lead.

Haeger replaced Ocasio in the circle for the seventh inning. A hit-by-pitch and a single gave the Tigers (25-1, 0-1 SEC) two baserunners before a clutch throw by Little on a single to left cut down the would-be tying run. LSU later evened the game at three on a bases-loaded walk with two outs. 

Stewart led off the decisive home half with a single down the left field line, advancing to second on Merritt’s sacrifice bunt. A wild pitch moved Stewart to third before she scored the winning run on a passed ball to secure the series-opening victory for Florida.

Ocasio allowed one run, going six innings in the circle.

When does the college baseball season start?

The 2020 college baseball opening weekend, set for February 14-16, will be here before you know it. Here's the information to know for the upcoming season.
READ MORE

2019 SEC football schedule: Game times, TV channels for every week

The 2019 SEC football season done with Week 15 and goes through the SEC Championship Game on December 7. Get the full schedule, including TV channels, here.
READ MORE

The calorie-free guide to college basketball’s best Thanksgiving tournaments

Early season tournaments have become a tradition around Thanksgiving time in college basketball. Check out which tournaments have the biggest names, teams and potential matchups this year, as Andy Katz breaks it all down.
READ MORE

Subscribe To Email Updates

Enter your information to receive emails about offers, promotions from NCAA.com and our partners