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Wednesday March 8, 2006Softball Loses Series Finale to Alabama

Tuscaloosa, AL

The Florida softball team (17-9, 0-3 SEC) lost its final game in the series with No. 5 Alabama (18-3, 3-0 SEC), 1-0, in Tuscaloosa Wednesday.

 

I thought opening up with a very good Alabama club gives us an indication of how far we still have to go to be at the top half of the SEC, head coach Tim Walton said. They are a really good ball club and play with a high level of confidence.

 

Alabama scored the first run of the game in the bottom of the third. Brittany Rogers knocked a base hit up the middle and advanced to second on a Jordan Praytor sacrifice bunt. Rogers scored on a Staci Ramsey base hit to right for the 1-0 Tide lead.

 

Senior Lindsey Cameron (Palm Beach Gardens, Fla.) hit a double to left center in the fourth for Floridas only hit of the game. Cameron also got on base in the sixth on a dropped third strike. Senior Stacie Pestrak (Gainesville, Fla.) came in to pinch run for her and stole second. Florida also got a runner on in the fifth as senior designated player Mirelis Torres (Tampa, Fla.) drew a walk.

 

Alabamas Stephanie VanBrakle struck out 15 in the win to improve her record to 10-1 on the year. Freshman Stacey Nelson (Los Alamitos, Calif.) scattered seven Alabama hits in the loss to move her record to 6-3.

 

Florida will have a bye in Southeastern Conference play this weekend, but will travel to DeLand, Fla. for the Stetson Tournament. The Gators will face Iowa State at 10 a.m. on Saturday and Sunday, Stetson at 5:30 p.m. on Saturday and Canisius at 5:30 p.m. on Sunday. All the games will be broadcast live on GatorZone.com via yahoo.com.

 

 

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