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Saturday March 11, 2006Softball Defeats Iowa State 8-3

DeLand, FL

The Florida Softball team (18-9) snapped a nine-game Iowa State (11-7) win streak with an 8-3 win in the Stetson Tournament on Saturday afternoon. The Gators used 10 hits, including two doubles from senior Lindsey Cameron (Palm Beach Gardens, Fla.) to the Cyclones six for the win.


Florida got on the board first in the top half of the first frame. Freshman Kim Waleszonia (Fontana, Calif.) was hit by a Alyssa Ransom pitch to lead off the inning. Cameron knocked a double to right. With one out, Waleszonia scored the Gatorsí first run on a base hit by junior Melissa Zick (Tampa, Fla.). Junior Lauren Roussell (Cerritos, Calif.) was hit by a pitch to load the bases. A junior Lacy Howard (League City, Texas) ground out scored Cameron from third to put Florida ahead 2-0.


Iowa State got a runner to third in the bottom of the second. A base hit to right field looked as if it would score a Cyclone run, but Florida right fielder Waleszonia gunned a strike to senior catcher Kristen Butler (Orlando, Fla.) at home to prevent the run from scoring and end the inning.


The Cyclones put their first run up in the bottom of the fourth. Fallon Johnson reached on a Gator error to lead off the inning and was able to advance to second on the play. She moved to third on a sacrifice by Ashley Killeen. A Katie Reichling base hit brought in Johnson to narrow Floridaís l;ead to 2-1.


The Gators added three runs to their tally in the top of the sixth. After consecutive base hits by Howard and Roussell, Amie Ford came in to replace Cyclone starter Kristy Oleson in the pitching circle. A throwing error by the Iowa State third baseman allowed senior Lindsay Norfleet (Madison, Fla.) to reach on a sacrifice attempt and scored junior Shelley Stevens (Gainesville, Fla.), who was pinch running for Roussell, to score from third. Two outs and a walk, loaded the bases for Cameron. Cameron grabbed a pitch at her eyes for a double to left to bring in two more runs for the Gators and give them a 5-1 lead.


Florida added three more runs in the top of the seventh as senior Stacie Pestrak (Gainesville, Fla.) hit a bases clearing triple with two outs in the inning to give the Gators an 8-1 lead.


Iowa State added two runs on two hits and a Gator error in the bottom of the seventh to end the game at 8-3 in favor of the Gators.


Freshman Lindsay Littlejohn (Bartow, Fla.) went the distance for the Gators in the pitching circle to earn the win and improve her record to 5-4 on the season. Starter Oleson took the loss for the Cyclones to move her record to 5-4 on the year.


The Gators will face host Stetson Saturday night at 5:30 p.m.

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