Badgers can't hold on in season-opener against No. 3/4 Florida


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Wisconsin 3/4 Florida 5, Wisconsin 3
USF-Wilson DeMarini Tournament
USF Softball Stadium • Tampa, Fla.

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W Rogers (2-0) 7.0 4 3 3 2 9
L Stewart (0-1) 7.0 5 5 4 7 4
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 • Stephanie Peace: 1-3, 1 HR, 1 RBI
 • Mary Massei: 1-4, 2 RBI, 1 DBL
 • Michelle Mueller: 1-2, 1 Hit, 1 BB
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Feb. 7, 2014

TAMPA, Fla.-- Fans were on upset alert for the first five innings of action Friday afternoon, as the Wisconsin softball team led No. 3/4 Florida late in its season-opener at the USF-Wilson DeMarini Tournament in Tampa, Fla.

The Gators (3-0) tied the game in the sixth inning and then jumped out to lead with four runs in the seventh on their way to a 5-3 win.

 Fast Facts
• UW led for first five innings
• Peace homered on first pitch of senior season
• Badgers and Gators play again on Sunday at 12:30 p.m.

One swing by Stephanie Peace set the tone for the game. Peace took the first pitch of her senior season and sent it over the centerfield fence to give the Badgers (0-1) an early 1-0 lead over the ranked Gators.

Florida threatened in the top of the fourth, loading the bases before a fielder's choice ended the inning.

The Gators put the pressure on UW starting pitcher Taylor-Paige Stewart again in the fifth, stranding a runner on third to end the frame.

Florida's offense finally broke through in the sixth, using a pair of singles to tie the game, 1-1. An inning-ending double play by the Badgers ended the Gator's scoring threat.

A leadoff walk in the seventh set the stage for Florida's win. A triple scored the first run and the Gators put together four runs on two hits and one UW error to take a 5-1 lead.

Wisconsin didn't go down without a fight, scoring two runs in the bottom of the seventh to cut Florida's lead to two. With runners on first and second, senior Mary Massei picked up a pair of RBI with a double to center.

The Badgers scored three runs on four hits, committing one error. The Gators plated five runs on five hits and didn't commit any errors.

Stewart finished her first outing of the season with four strikeouts and seven walks in seven complete innings.

Florida's Hannah Rogers struck out nine Badgers and walked two to pick up her second win of the season.

Wisconsin continues play at the USF-Wilson DeMarnini Tournament on Saturday. Rain Friday night has forced an adjustment to the schedule. Times will be announced later Friday night.

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