Saturday April 28, 2001Softball Sweeps Tennessee 3-0 and 7-0 at Home
The Florida Gator softball team recorded its third consecutive shutout as it swept Tennessee 3-0 and 7-0 in a doubleheader to clinch a spot in the Southeastern Conference Tournament and a runner-up finish in the Eastern Division race in front of 726 fans at the Florida Softball Stadium Saturday afternoon.
UF (36-23, 14-14 SEC) has not allowed a run in 22 and a third innings, the longest streak since March 22, 2000. Tennessee (22-33, 7-18 SEC) fell to fifth in the division and is still on the bubble for a tournament seed.
Coach Karen Johns admitted the team is relieved to have secured its spot in the conference field. "It felt great. But, we're still playing to get into (the NCAA Tournament). Right now we're in a good groove, and we hope we stay there."
The first game remained scoreless until the Gators got three runs in the bottom of the sixth inning. Shortstop Jackie Marchetta (Boynton Beach, Fla./Santaluces Community/Fla. Southern College) ignited the UF rally with a base hit into center field. Left fielder Mylin Prieto (Cooper City, Fla./St. Thomas Aquinas) hit a sacrifice bunt to advance Marchetta to second base, and third baseman Jenn Mossadeghi (Jupiter, Fla./The King’s Academy) sent her home with a double to left field. Jenn Brown (Orlando, Fla./Bishop Moore) came in to run for Mossadeghi at second. Brown scored on first baseman Ashley Boone's (Irvine, Calif./Woodbridge) single to left field. Katy Berger (Carmel, Ind./Carmel/Fresno State) plated Boone with a double to center field.
UF's defense was perfect through 14 innings and forced UT to strand 19 players.
"We came out with a great approach," Johns said. "I was really pleased with that. Hopefully, we can carry it into tomorrow." The series closer is at 2 p.m.
The Gators scored in five different innings in Game 2. Florida scored once in each the first, second and sixth frames. UF scored four times in the fifth on three hits. With the bases juiced, second baseman Prissie Walden (Jacksonville, Fla./First Coast) doubled to center field bringing home Prieto and Marchetta, who reached on a single and fielder's choice, respectively. Boone followed with another two-RBI single into center.
Both UF starters pitched complete games. Freshman Amanda Moore (Tuscaloosa, Ala./Hillcrest) improved to 13-8 with two strikeouts in the opener for her fifth shutout this year. Senior Renise Landry (West Monroe, La./West Monroe) posted her seventh shutout and struck out six.
FOX Sports Net will telecast Sunday's game live at 2 p.m. The Sunshine Network will air it in Florida. Admission is free.