The Presbyterian College softball team collected 10 hits, while the pitching staff held the Rattlers to just three this, en route to an 8-0 win over Florida A&M in the first game this afternoon at the Florida Tournament held March 1-3 in Gainesville, Fla. The Blue Hose fell to #4 Florida, 11-0 in their second and final game of the tournament.
PC moved to 8-8 overall, while Florida A&M dropped to 4-14. Florida improved to 22-1
Game 1: PC 8, FAMU 0 (5)
Leading the Blue Hose was Cat Tarvin, who went two-for-three with three RBI, collecting a RBI in each at-bat off two singles and a ground out. Kersten Legacki, despite not recording a hit, posted two RBI with a sacrifice fly and a fielder's choice. Erin Ruff also recorded a RBI with a double in the fourth inning.
Tarvin earned her first win of the year, coming in relief after the first inning and throwing 4.0 innings. She surrendered just one hit and had three strikeouts in 14 at-bats.
Recording hits for Florida A&M were Ashanti Shepherd, Tikeya Strong and Christina Robbs. Ashleigh Minter went 3.0 innings, giving up four earned runs off seven hits for the loss to go to 1-4.
PC scored two runs in the first inning after collecting three singles in a row. Tarvin's single brought home Jill McLean, while Legacki plated Ruff off her sac fly.
After a quiet second inning, the Blue Hose put up three in the third. Tarvin and Legacki came through again with a RBI single and a RBI fielder's choice, respectively. Tera Powell also added a run with her RBI single up the middle as PC took the 5-0 lead.
Three runs came in the fourth inning, with Morgan Durham, who led off the inning with a single, plated off a FAMU error. Powell scored off the Ruff double, while McLean came home when Tarvin grounded out to second.
That would be all the runs PC would need as the game was called after five due to the eight-run rule.
Game 2: #4 Florida 11, PC 0 (5)
The Blue Hose were held hitless for the first time this season as the Gator pitching staff struck out six total batters and prevented any PC players from reaching base for a combined perfect game.
Hannah Rogers earned the win for Florida, going 3.0 innings and striking out five. Kensley Loudermelk (6-3) picked up the loss for PC, throwing one inning and giving up three earned runs and three hits.
Florida was led offensively by Lauren Haeger, who went three-for-four with four RBI. She recorded a two-run home run in the second inning, a RBI double in the third and a RBI single in the fourth. Taylor Schwartz recorded two RBI, with a RBI walk in the first, after Florida loaded the bases, and a sacrifice fly in the fourth.
The Gators scored in every inning with three in the first, four in the first, one in the third and three in the fourth to finish with the 11-0 win after five innings.
The Blue Hose return to action against Florida State Tuesday, Mar. 5 in Tallahassee, Fla. First pitch is set for 6 p.m.