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Prissie Walden hit her first career homer at USF.

Wednesday April 25, 2001Softball Sweeps USF 7-1 and 4-0

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Prissie Walden hit her first career homer at USF.

The Florida Gator softball team defeated instate-rival South Florida for the fourth time this year as it won both ends of twin bill 7-1 and 4-0 at the USF Softball Complex Wednesday evening.

Both teams are ranked among the NCAA Central Region Top 10. UF (34-23) has won the last seven consecutive meetings against the Bulls (36-26).

"We feel like we're playing with more confidence now," Coach Karen Johns said. "We struggled a bit. But, these wins are very important in terms of post-season chances."

Seven of nine UF fielders combined for eight hits in the first game. USF went through four pitchers against the steady Gator offense, which hit in every inning but the first and seventh.

UF capitalized on two of USF's four errors to score first in the second. Second baseman Prissie Walden (Jacksonville, Fla./First Coast) reached on a fielding error at shortstop, and sophomore Bree Berger (Carmel, Indl./Carmel) plated Walden with a misfielded grounder to second base. Catcher Emily Marino (Joliet, Ill./Joliet Catholic) singled for two RBI in the third inning, and center fielder Stacy Rosen (Ft. Lauderdale, Fla./Piper) scored in the fourth with the help of another two-base error by shortstop Renee Oursler.

"We were able to put the pressure on," Johns said. "They made a mistake, and we were able to capitalize on that."

The Gators had a three-run sixth, highlighted by Walden's first career home run off of USF's Jaimie Anderson. Walden took her first pitch over the left field fence for two RBI.

Freshman Amanda Moore (Tuscaloosa, Ala./Hillcrest) didn't let a ball out of the infield behind UF's defense, which was flawless until the bottom of the sixth when it allowed a run and two runners on back-to-back fielding flubs. Moore (12-8) allowed five hits, a run and two walks and struck out five in the complete-game victory. Starter Jessie Kowal (20-10) received the loss. Kowal gave up four runs (three earned) on four hits and two walks, and fanned one batter in four innings.

Senior Renise Landry (West Monroe, La./West Monroe) struck out eight in her sixth shutout this year to improve to 18-13 in Game 2. UF out-hit the Bulls 8-4, seven of them coming through the last three innings.

"Renise did a good job with coming back when she was behind in the count, and she kept her walks down," Johns said. "That was key."

Landry allowed just one free pass.

The Gators broke open a scoreless game in the fifth. UF had four singles and used one USF error to score twice. A dropped throw at first by second baseman Rachel Williams and two more hits in the seventh sent in two more Gator runs. Shortstop Jackie Marchetta (Boyton Beach, Fla./Santaluces) posted a career-best 3-for-4 performance on the game.

Four Bulls came into the circle again; starter Jamie Peterka (5-9) received the loss after throwing four and two-thirds innings.

The Gators will play host to Southeastern Conference Eastern Division rival Tennessee April 28-29 in its regular-season finale. Saturday's double header begins at 3 p.m. WRUF-AM 850 will broadcast both games live at 2:50 p.m. Fans can also listen at www.GatorZone.com. Sunday's game is at 2 p.m. FOX Sports Net will telecast it live, and the Sunshine Network will air it live in Florida. Admission is free.

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