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Saturday April 21, 2001Softball Loses 3-0 at No. 20 South Carolina

COLUMBIA, S.C.

The University of Florida softball lost the second game of a doubleheader 3-0 at No. 20 South Carolina to split the first day of a three-game Southeastern Conference series that has Eastern Division title implications on the line Saturday afternoon at Beckham field.

UF (32-22, 12-13 SEC) won Game 1 4-1. USC, the division leader, (32-16-1, 15-7 SEC) could claim the title if it wins Sunday's series closer at 1 p.m.

"We played well and certainly hit the ball deep a few times," Coach Karen Johns said. "But, the wind was blowing in. Amanda Moore had just one bad inning, but was great the rest of the way. She didn't allow any walks, which was one of our goals."

USC loaded the bases on three singles with two outs on the board in the second. Right fielder Joyce McMillin singled for two RBI. Gator freshman Amanda Moore (Tuscaloosa, Ala./Hillcrest) held the Gamecocks hitless and scoreless for the next three consecutive innings, retiring the sides in order. A UF error allowed leadoff batter Deboralee Troesh to reach in the sixth. The second baseman scored, unearned, on a single.

Shortstop Jackie Marchetta (Boyton Beach, Fla./Santaluces) drew a one-out walk in the seventh off of All-America hurler Megan Matthews to start a UF rally. Second baseman Prissie Walden (Jacksonville, Fla./First Coast) followed with a two-out single. Left fielder Mylin Prieto (Cooper City, Fla./St. Thomas Aquinas) came up and was the potential tying run, but a diving catch by left fielder Megan Donohoo ended the threat.

"Credit Megan," Johns said. "She's the type of player who will make those plays. I'm proud, though, that down to the last at-bat, we didn't give up."

Matthews (16-11) allowed three hits and two walks, and struck out two. Moore (11-8) allowed three runs (two earned) on six hits and fanned one.

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