Sunday April 1, 2001Softball Loses 1-0 at Arkansas
Arkansas won a classic pitchers' dual 1-0 to thwart Florida's hopes of a Southeastern Conference series sweep in the last of a three-game set Sunday afternoon at Lady'Back Yard.
"Our pitchers did a great job, only allowing two hits and no walks," Coach Karen Johns said. "That was one of our goals, to have no walks, and I'm proud of them. Even when we allowed a runner with an error, we didn't let it hurt us."
The Gators (28-14, 8-7 SEC) out-hit the Lady'Backs (21-19, 5-7 SEC) 5-2 for the third time on the weekend, but could not convert. UF stranded six runners, half in scoring position.
"Those are the numbers that hurt," Johns said. "Credit Arkansas, though. Heather (Schlichtman) did a great job. She had our number at first, but we made adjustments, we just couldn't push those runners across (the plate)."
Schlichtman, an Orange Park, Fla., native retired the side in order in three of the first four frames. UF's first scoring chance came in the fifth when it juiced the bases with three base hits. But, Schlichtman left them there with strikeouts in between. UF squandered another scoring opportunity in the sixth, leaving runners at first and third.
Third baseman Tiffany Whoolley led off the fifth with a base hit to break up Renise Landry's (West Monroe, La./West Monroe) no-hitter. Erin Stokey pinch hit and drove her in with another single. Landry (13-7) allowed just that run on two hits and struck out two in five innings. Prior to then, Landry only allowed a runner in the third.
Freshman Amanda Moore (Tuscaloosa, Ala./Hillcrest) came in relief in the sixth. She struck out one in an inning. Schlichtman (15-9) walked two and fanned eight in a complete game.
UF travels to Auburn for a three-game series April 4-5. Wednesday's doubleheader is at 6 p.m. EDT, and Thursday's game is at 2 p.m.