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Sunday April 8, 2001Softball Wins Series With 4-2 Victory vs. Ole Miss

Gainesville, FL

Prissie Walden had the game-winning hit vs. Ole Miss

A two-out rally in the bottom of the sixth gave the Florida Gator softball team a 4-2, series-clinching victory over Ole Miss in front of 536 fans Sunday afternoon at the Florida Softball Stadium.

Down 2-1 in the bottom of the sixth, shortstop Jackie Marchetta (Boyton Beach, Fla./Santaluces) slapped a two-out single to ignite the comeback bid. Left fielder Mylin Prieto (Cooper City, Fla./St. Thomas Aquinas) drew a walk to bring up senior first baseman Ashley Boone (Irvine, Calif./Woodbridge). Boone, who drove in Marchetta with a double in the fourth, sent her home again with a base hit into left field and advanced on the throw to the plate. Second baseman Prissie Walden (Jacksonville, Fla./First Coast) hit the game-winner, a two-RBI double to center field.

"We have all the faith in the world in these players, and I think they're starting to have it in each other, too," Coach Karen Johns said. "Good things will happen when you have that faith in each other. Jackie (Marchetta) has been playing great for us. She started that rally, and Prissie (Walden) gave us a big hit."

The Gators improved to 31-17 overall and 11-10 in the SEC and won the series 2-1. Ole Miss fell to 17-28 and 4-11 in the league. Marchetta and Boone each finished 2-for-3. Marchetta scored twice, and Boone had one run and two RBI.

Ole Miss scored first in the third. Shortstop Amanda Lehotak hit her first career home run off of UF starter Renise Landry (West Monroe, La./West Monroe). The Rebels added one on three base hits in the fifth.

Landry (16-9) earned the win, earning both runs on seven hits. The senior allowed one walk and struck out two over six and one-third innings. Freshman Amanda Moore (Tuscaloosa, Ala./Hillcrest) came in relief after Ole Miss put one on with a base hit in the top of the seventh. Moore recorded her first save and pitched two-thirds of a frame. Jennifer Hughes (9-10) took the loss for Ole Miss. Hughes gave up four runs on nine hits and two walks and struck out one.

The Gators are back in action April 14-15 at Georgia. Saturday's twin bill and Sunday's game are at 1 p.m.

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