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Friday March 2, 2001Softball Survives 11 innings 7-6 vs. GA Southern

STATESBORO, Ga.

Bree Berger tied personal best in hits and RBI vs. Georgia Southern.

The longest game in Florida softball history was fruitful, despite trying, for the Gators as they defeated host Georgia Southern 7-6 in eleven innings Friday evening at Eagle Field.

The Gators (14-5) battled the Eagles (7-13) for 11 innings or two hours and 57 minutes, both of which are school records. GSU out-hit UF 11-9 and had one error, compared to UF's three.

"Statistically, they should have come out of this on top," Coach Karen Johns said. "But, it was a test of endurance for us. We're proud that no one gave up. We just kept pushing. But, so did they. They're well-coached and played hard. We had some people come through for us."

UF struck hard in its first chance. GSU's Natalie Savage walked two Gators and paid for it. Sophomore Bree Berger (Carmel, Ind./Carmel) sent both across the plate with a base hit. In the third, though, GSU closed the margin to a 2-1 Gator lead. Senior Renise Landry (West Monroe, La./West Monroe) gave up a walk with the bases juiced. She allowed two more runners in the fourth before freshman Amanda Moore (Tuscaloosa, Ala./Hillcrest) came in relief.

Berger led off the fourth with a double and advance to third on a wild pitch. Her sister Katy Berger drove her home with a sacrifice fly to center field. It was Bree Berger again in the fifth. She singled to center field, and left fielder Mylin Prieto (Cooper City, Fla./St. Thomas Aquinas), who reached on a fielder's choice and stole a base, scored from second.

Bree Berger tied two personal bests with three hits and three RBI. "Bree really came through for us a couple of times today," Johns said.

Katy Berger drew a walk in the sixth and moved to third on a sacrifice bunt and a wild pitch. Second baseman Prissie Walden (Jacksonville, Fla./First Coast) scored her with a two-out double to left field.

The Eagles rallied with three runs on three hits and an error in the sixth. Catcher Shannon Hoobin doubled deep to center field, and the tying run scored. Fortunately, Moore left her there after two ground balls to get out of the inning, and UF got a second chance.

After two scoreless extra frames, third baseman Jenn Mossadeghi (Jupiter, Fla./The King's Academy) scored from third on a wild pitch. GSU tied it up in its half of the tenth. Mossadeghi poked the game-winning hit, a single, which scored Katy Berger.

Moore (6-2) picked up her second win of the day with five strikeouts. Savage (4-5) took the loss. She gave up seven walks and fanned two.

The Gators will play Tennessee at 5 p.m. and Pittsburgh at 7 p.m. in the last day of pool play Saturday.

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