Wednesday April 18, 2001Softball Loses to No. 17 FSU 5-3 and 3-1 at Home
Prissie Walden had a triple vs. No. 17 FSU.
Seventeenth-ranked Florida State recorded the first sweep in the history of the five-year all-time series against Florida, winning 5-3 and 3-1 in front of 1,144 fans, the fourth-largest crowd ever at the Florida Softball Stadium, Wednesday evening.
The Gators (31-21) have now lost four straight outings. FSU (45-7) improved to 6-4 in the all-time series.
"We gave them too many chances with errors, walks; and they capitalized with hits," Coach Karen Johns said. "We had two tough losses against a very tough, good pitching team. They made the plays, and we didn't. That's what it came down to."
UF scored twice in its first at-bat. Third baseman Jenn Mossadeghi (Jupiter, Fla./The King’s Academy) led off the inning and took Leslie Malerich's 3-1 pitch in her left leg. Right fielder Katy Berger (Carmel, Ind./Carmel/Fresno State) sent her home with an RBI double to left center to extend her career-best hit streak to eight games and stole third. Her younger sister Bree Berger (Carmel, Ind./Carmel) scored her on a fielder's choice.
Senior Renise Landry (West Monroe, La./West Monroe) started opener and struck out five through the first two frames, despite giving up two runs in the second. The Seminoles added three in the third inning on three hits. Freshman Amanda Moore (Tuscaloosa, Ala./Hillcrest) came in to relief and held FSU scoreless the rest of the way.
The Gators scored their third run in the bottom of the seventh. Prissie Walden (Jacksonville, Fla./First Coast) led off with a single through the middle and advanced when Staci Rosen (Ft. Lauderdale, Fla./Piper) drew a walk. Sophomore Jenn Brown (Orlando, Fla./Bishop Moore) pinch ran for Walden and moved to third on a Mylin Prieto (Cooper City, Fla./ St. Thomas Aquinas) sacrifice bunt. Mossadeghi grounded out to shortstop for an RBI.
The second game was intense with both teams remaining scoreless until the top of the fifth inning when FSU rallied for three runs on three base hits. A wild pitch broke up Moore's string of eight and two-thirds scoreless innings pitched in the two games. Landry closed out the game after the third 'Nole run.
Walden scored for the Gators in the bottom of the sixth after driving a one-out triple to right field. Shortstop Jackie Marchetta (Boynton Beach, Fla./Santaluces Community/Fla. Southern College) reached on a fielder’s choice and advanced to second base on a throwing error on a pick-off attempt at third. Bree Berger grounded out to short stop to score Walden.
Landry (16-12) and Moore (11-7) each received a loss in their respective starts. Landry lasted two and two-thirds frames, allowing five runs (four earned) on four hits and three walks, and struck out five in her first-game decision. In the same span, she yielded two hits, a walk and fanned two in Game 2. Moore scattered three hits, a walk and struck out one over four and two-thirds relief innings. In Game 2, she went four and a third innings, giving up three runs (two earned) on three hits and three walks and K'd two.
UF resumes Southeastern Conference play at Eastern Division leading No. 20 South Carolina (31-15-1, 14-6 SEC) April 21-22. Saturday's double header and Sunday's game are at 1 p.m.