Tuesday April 20, 2010No. 4/4 Florida Softball Falls to FIU, 8-3
No. 4/4 University of Florida softball team fell to FIU, 8-3, at Pressly Stadium on Tuesday evening. Senior Corrie Brooks (Christmas, Fla.) hit the 23rd home run of her career and sophomore Michelle Moultrie (Jacksonville , Fla.) went 2-for-2 with one run and a stolen base in the losing effort.
Freshman Ensley Gammel (Bakersfield, Calif.) shouldered her second loss of the season. The righty (10-2) pitched 3.2 innings, allowed eight hits, four earned runs, one walk and had one strikeout. Classmate Erin Schuppert (Atlantic Beach, Fla.) pitched 3.1 innings of relief, while giving up three runs on three hits, allowed three walks and struck out four.
Kasey Barrett (15-8) threw a complete game to earn the win. The senior allowed three runs on five hits, four walks and struck out four.
The Golden Panthers (30-15, 11-5 Sun Belt) took a 1-0 lead in the first. A pair of singles and a throwing error put runners in the corners to start the game. FIU then executed a double steal, scoring the lead runner to go up 1-0.
The Gators (34-6, 14-3 SEC) responded with two runs in the bottom of the inning. The bases were loaded when Moultrie drew a walk, senior Francesca Enea (Woodland Hills, Calif.) singled and junior Kelsey Bruder (Corona, Calif.) was hit by a pitch to load the bases. Freshman Brittany Schutte (Corona, Calif.) hit a sac fly and FIU left fielder Morgan Huling dropped the ball, enabling Moultrie and Enea to score.
Kelsey Grabiak evened the score in the second with a double to left field, plating Lauren Spiers, who reached on a single. The Golden Panthers put themselves back on top, 3-2, with a solo shot by Ashley McClain in the third.
In the fourth, FIU increased its lead to 5-2. Jennifer Gniadek and Jenny Welch led off with a single and double to advancing into scoring position. Gammel forced a groundout and got pinch hitter Patty Zavala swinging for two quick outs, but Jessy Alfonso singled to left to drive in Gniadek, giving FIU a 4-2 advantage. After issuing a walk, Schuppert came in to relieve Gammel and McClain singled to center to score Welch. Alfonso tried to tally FIU’s sixth run, but Moultrie gunned her down at the plate for the third out.
In the bottom half of the inning, the Gators looked to come back after Brooks brought Florida within two with her seventh home run of the season as the lead-off batter. However, Barett was able to keep UF off the board with two strikeouts and a fly out to keep her team on top.
Schuppert tallied a 1-2-3 fifth and got one Golden Panther swinging. FIU was able to stretch its lead to 8-3 in the sixth. Welch reached on a single down the left line, moved up on a sacrifice bunt and scored after three consecutive walks. With two down, Brie Rojas singled to center field, adding two more runs to complete the scoring in the first game.
The second game of the doubleheader was cancelled due to rain.
Florida returns to action on Friday, April 23 with a doubleheader against Tennessee at 4 p.m. (ET) in Knoxville, Tenn. Both games will be broadcast on WYGC-FM 105 The Game (104.9) and live stats will be available on www.GatorZone.com.