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Sunday April 30, 2006No. 24 Softball Loses to No. 10 LSU, 5-0

Baton Rouge, LA

The No. 24 Florida Softball team (38-22, 14-13 SEC) scattered five hits in a 5-0 loss to the No. 10 LSU Tigers (48-9, 21-6 SEC) on Sunday at Tiger Park in Baton Rouge, La. The Gators were aggressive at the plate, but were not able to get the timely hits to put runs across.


Florida’s five hits came from the top five batters in the lineup. Junior Lauren Roussell (Cerritos, Calif.) also drew two walk from Turner to help the Gator cause.


LSU struck first in the bottom of the first. Lauren Castle led of with a base hit up the middle. Camille Harris drew a walk from Florida junior pitcher Stacey Stevens (Gainesville, Fla.) Both runners advanced on a Stephanie Hill sacrifice bunt. Leslie Klein grabbed a two-RBI double to left to put the Tiger ahead 2-0. Vanessa Soto drew a walk to put runners on first and second once again. The Gator defense took care of business from there as they retired Soto at second on a fielder’s choice play and Stevens struck out Lauren Delahoussaye for the final out of the inning.


Junior Melissa Zick (Tampa, Fla.) led off the Gator half of the second with a base hit just over the head of the Tiger third baseman for the first Florida hit of the day.


LSU scored a run on four Gator errors in the bottom of the fourth to take a 3-0 lead.


The Gators attempted a two-out rally in the top of the fifth. Freshman Kim Waleszonia (Fontana, Calif.) sparked the Gators with a bunt single. Senior Lindsey Cameron (Palm Beach Gardens, Fla.) followed with a bloop single to shallow left, but LSU was able to get the final out of the inning to end the Florida rally.


The Tigers went up 5-0 on a sacrifice fly by Quinlan Duhon and a two-out double by Delahoussaye in the bottom of the fifth.


A lead off base hit from Andrea Smith, brought in Florida freshman reliever Stacey Nelson (Los Alamitos, Calif.). Nelson and the Gators defense allowed only one more Tiger on base before ending the inning.


Stevens record moves to 17-6 on the year with the loss. Turner improves to 22-5 with the win for LSU.


Florida will have this next week off for finals before returning to action against South Carolina on May 6 and 7. The Gators remain in fifth place in the conference heading into the final Southeastern Conference series of the season will begin with a Saturday doubleheader at 1 p.m. Sunday’s single game also begins at 1 p.m.


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