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Saturday February 24, 2001Softball Falls 5-3 to Southern Utah


Jenilee Garner tied a school record with four hits vs. Southern Utah.

The Florida Gator softball team had its best offensive production this year with 14 hits, but it lost 5-3 to Southern Utah, breaking a six-game winning streak Saturday night in Arizona's Wildcat Invitational at Hillenbrand Stadium.

Freshman shortstop Jenilee Garner (Gainesville, Fla./Gainesville) tied UF's single-game record, going 4-for-4 with a run. UF fell to 12-4 and 3-1 in the tournament. SUU improved to 6-8 and 2-2 in the tournament on just six hits.

Senior Emily Marino (Joliet, Ill./Joliet) hit a single down the right field line for two RBI in UF's first inning. But, SUU tied it up in the bottom of the frame on two hits, a fielder's choice and a hit by pitch. Right fielder Katy Berger (Carmel, Ind./Carmel) led off the second with her first career double and advanced to third on a base hit by Garner. Freshman left fielder Mylin Prieto (Cooper City, Fla./St. Thomas Aquinas) hit a single to deep left center to score Berger. Garner almost beat the tag at home. But, the cut-off throw from short was in time.

SUU scored with two-outs in the second, and sophomore Nicole Michael (Phoenix, Ariz./Greenway) came in relief for freshman Amanda Moore (Tuscaloosa, Ala./Hillcrest). Michael sat down the batters in order the next three innings. UF spoiled a bases-loaded situation in the top of the sixth, and it was costly for the Gators. SUU went ahead 5-3 in the bottom of the inning with a leadoff hit, two bunts and a sacrifice fly out to left field.

Moore allowed four hits and three earned runs, a walk and struck out two over one and a third innings. Michael gave up two runs on two hits and two walk and fanned two in four and two-thirds.

The Gators will play host No. 2 Arizona (19-0) Sunday at 3 p.m. Eastern for the championship. The Wildcats have a 26-game home winning streak.

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