GAINESVILLE, Fla. – Sophomore RT Cantillo smashed her second home run of the season and senior Kelly Chandler pitched 3.1 inning of effective relief, but a big first inning from the Gators doomed Ole Miss as the Rebels fell 9-1 at No. 6 Florida on Saturday.
The Gators scored six runs, on just three hits, in the bottom of the first highlighted by two-run double to right center by second baseman Katie Medina and an RBI single to center from right fielder Kasey Fagan. However, Chandler entered the game in relief of starter Erinn Jayjohn with two outs in the first and shutout the UF offense over the next 2.2 innings – limiting the Gators to just two hits.
Cantillo got the Rebels on the scoreboard in the top of the fourth with a towering solo home run to left that cut the Gators’ lead to 6-1. It was her second long ball of the season and the second of her career.
Florida answered back with three runs in the fourth highlighted an RBI triple from third baseman Sami Fagan and an RBI double from first baseman Laruen Haeger that extended the Gator lead to 9-1.
Jayjohn started for the Rebels and took the loss after allowing six runs, all earned, on two hits in two-thirds of an inning. Chandler pitched the final 3.1 innings, giving up three earned runs on three hits.
The Rebels and the Gators will conclude their three game set tomorrow with first pitch set for noon at Katie Seashole Pressly Stadium.
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