In the Twilight of Her Career, Moultrie Keeps Coming Through for Gators (4/24)
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Vs. Louisiana State University, April 24 (double header):
LSU 1, Florida 2
LSU 1, Florida 0
Moultrie, 4/24: AB-8;R-0;H-2;RBI-1;BB-0;SO-1;PO-1;A-0;LOB-1
“…senior center fielder Michelle Moultrie (Jacksonville, Fla.), who sent a walk-off RBI double down the left-field line to plate Damico for her seventh game-winning RBI of the 2012 season, giving UF the 2-1, eight-inning victory and marking Florida’s sixth come-from-behind and second walk-off victory of the season.
“…Moultrie laid down a two-out bunt single in the third for the first hit of the game for either team, while LSU’s Tammy Wray singled through the right side to lead off the fifth for the Tigers’ first hit.
“…Moultrie reached on a LSU defensive miscue for runners on first and second with two down.”
Vs. University of Kentucky, April 27, 28, and 29:
Game 1, 4/27: Kentucky 2, Florida 0
Game 2, 4/28: Kentucky 0, Florida 5
Game 3, 4/29: Kentucky 5, Florida 1
Moultrie, 2/27-29: AB-9;R-1;H-5;RBI-2;BB-1;SO-0;PO-6;A-0;LOB-0
“Saturday’s Florida softball game was all about Gator senior All-American centerfielder Michelle Moultrie (Jacksonville, Fla.) as the Orange and Blue evened the series with Kentucky (25-27, 11-13 SEC), blanking the Wildcats, 5-0, at Katie Seashole Pressly Stadium on Senior Day. Moultrie and her family were honored in a pre-game ceremony, before mother, Cynthia, threw out Saturday’s first pitch in front of an Orange and Blue-clad crowd that donned No. 16 stickers for UF’s lone senior.
“…In fitting Senior Day fashion, Moultrie blasted a solo shot, her team-leading 10th homer of the season, to right center in her first at-bat of the contest to give No. 2 Florida (43-7, 20-4 SEC) a lead it wouldn’t relinquish.
“…As she’s done so many times, Moultrie led the Gators Saturday with a 2-for-4 performance at the plate, with two RBI and one run scored for UF…
“…Moultrie, a top-10 finalist for the 2012 Lowe’s Senior CLASS Award and USA Softball’s Player of the Year Award, added her second hit and RBI of the day in the second frame for the 4-0 Florida advantage…
“…Ellen Weaver started the game in the circle for the Wildcats, giving up both homers to Moultrie and Castro before Rachel Riley came on in relief for the final 5.0.
“…A Moultrie groundout advanced both Medina and Damico into scoring position for a Gator threat, but a groundout retired the side, leaving just three outs left for the Florida win in the top of the seventh.”
“Kentucky struck for its first run of the game thanks to a Kara Dill RBI single in the third and senior Michelle Moultrie (Jacksonville, Fla.) started the Gators off right, countering with a leadoff bunt single in the home half of the inning, but Bell forced a foul out, pop-up and fly out to strand Moultrie.
“…Moultrie reached on a hit-by-pitch before freshman Sami Fagan (Dunnellon, Fla.) dropped a bunt single of her own.”
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