Saturday April 14, 2001Softball Loses Two at Georgia
The University of Florida softball team lost both games of a Southeastern Conference double header at Georgia 7-1 and 8-7 in nine innings Saturday afternoon at the Georgia Women's Athletic Complex.
The Gators fell to 31-19 and 11-12 in the SEC. It is the first time UF is below .500 in the league since March 11. The Bulldogs improved to 25-24 and 5-16 in the league.
Right fielder Katy Berger (Carmel, Ind./Carmel) jump started UF's second-game offense. In the first inning, Berger ripped a single up the middle for two runs. Three costly errors gave UG a 3-2 lead after its first at-bat. But, the Gators got three in their third inning. Second baseman Prissie Walden (Jacksonville, Fla./First Coast) hit a two-run single and scored on a fielding error at shortstop.
Third baseman Jenn Mossadeghi (Jupiter, Fla./The King's Academy) broke a 5-5 tie in the top of the fourth. Mossadeghi doubled to left field and scored shortstop Jackie Marchetta (Boyton Beach, Fla./Santaluces), who reached on a base hit. It was Mossadeghi again in the sixth. The sophomore blasted a two-out solo home run, her second on the day, upping her totals to four this year and five in her career.
Senior Renise Landry (West Monroe, La./West Monroe) struck out the first two batters in the bottom of the sixth, but UG rallied after a walk with two hits to tie it at seven a piece and force extra innings. But, a wild pitch allowed the winning run in the bottom of the ninth.
Landry came in relief after the third inning for freshman starter Amanda Moore (Tuscaloosa, Ala./Hillcrest). Landry (16-11) took her second loss of the day. Landry allowed three earned runs on three hits, walked three and fanned four over five innings. Reliever Kendra Daniels improved to 8-8. Daniels gave up two runs on five hits and three walks, and struck out one over six frames.
Mossadeghi led off the series opener with a solo homer. UG took a 4-1 lead, though, in its half of the inning. The first two runs scored on a pair of singles and a triple off of Landry. First baseman Alyssa Mauro followed with a walk. Mauro made a steal attempt to second. It initially appeared that the umpire called her out, but she was safe. In the confusion, the runner at third scored and Mauro gained an extra base. Mauro scored on a passed ball.
The Bulldogs scored twice in the third on two hits and two walks. Moore came in relief. UG added another run in the fourth. UG tied a school, single-game record with eight stolen bases.
UG's Nicole Urban (10-6) went the distance, allowing one run on three hits, one walk and striking out three. Landry took the loss for UF, lasting just two and two-thirds innings. Landry gave up six runs (five earned) on five hits and three walks. Moore pitched three and a third relief frames. She allowed on run on three hits and a walk, and struck out one.
The series finale is Sunday at 1 p.m. The Gators lead the all-time series 14-5.