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Sunday February 25, 2001Softball Loses at No,2 Arizona

TUCSON, Ariz.

Florida finished runner-up with a 3-2 mark at the Wildcat Invitational after a 5-0 loss to host No. 2 Arizona Sunday afternoon at Hillenbrand Stadium.

The Gators (12-5) held the Champion Wildcats (20-0) to a season-low tying five runs on seven hits. UA was 5-0 in the round-robin tournament and extended its home win streak to 27 games.

UF's defense kept the balls inside the fence. The Wildcats entered the game with 50 home runs. UF was just the third team that did not allow one. The Gators hustled and played error-free for the fourth time in five games.

"We did great defensively," Coach Karen Johns said. "Our infielders made some great stops. We did some good things that we'll build on."

The Wildcats scored once in the first inning. Freshman Amanda Moore (Tuscaloosa, Ala./Hillcrest) sat them down in order in the second frame. UA loaded the bases on reliever Renise Landry (West Monroe, La./West Monroe) in the third. But, the senior left them there with her sole strikeout of the game. The 'Cats didn't threaten again until they scored three on straight hits in the fifth.

Sophomore Nikki Michael (Phoenix, Ariz./Greenway) came in relief in the sixth. Right fielder Mackenzie Vandergeest led off with a double, and a base hit scored her. Second baseman Nicole Giordano flew out to left field, and freshman Mylin Prieto (Cooper City, Fla./St. Thomas Aquinas) made the throw in time to third baseman Jenn Mossadeghi (Jupiter, Fla./The King's Academy) for UF's eighth double play this year.

Prieto led off the second with the only hit off of UA's Jennie Finch (7-0), who struck out nine. Sophomore Bree Berger (Carmel, Ind./Carmel) reached on a fielding error at shortstop. It was the only inning Finch allowed a base runner. Moore (4-2) took the loss. She had two strikeouts.

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