Florida advanced to the championship game of the UF Hotel and Conference
Center Invitational after defeating Hofstra 3-0 Saturday evening at
Florida Softball Stadium in front of 613 fans.
Florida improves to 6-4 on the season and is 4-0 in this weekend's
tournament. The Gators defeated No. 9 Washington 3-2 earlier in the
Amanda Knowles (3-0) earned the win for Florida, and Sara DeAngelis (0-4)
received the loss for Hofstra.
"When we play great defense, we always have a chance to win," Florida
coach Karen Johns said following the win. "The players know that and we
preach it. They really stepped up."
Prissie Walden was 2-for-3 for Florida, including a solo home run and a
double. Mylin Prieto also was 2-for-3 and is 6-for-7 this weekend.
Florida scored one run in the first, fourth and sixth inning and took
advantage of the five-hit pitching performance put on by Knowles and
Amanda Moore, who relieved her in the fifth inning.
With the basses loaded and two outs in the first inning, Mandy Schuerman
scored on an errant throw by Hofstra's third baseman after Prissie Walden
reached first base on a fielder's choice.
Walden helped the Gators again in the fourth with her solo home run to
left-center field with no outs.
In the sixth inning with the basses loaded and no outs after Jennifer
Mossadeghi's single, Walden's double and a walk to Andrea Zimbardi, pinch
hitter Jenn Brown dropped a single into left field to bring in Mossadeghi.
Florida was threatening to score later in the inning, but stranded two
runners on base after hitting into a double play.
Hofstra's best chance to score came in the sixth inning, but smart Florida
fielding preserved the shutout. Florida shortstop Jackie Marchetta threw
out a Hofstra runner at third base to end the inning with two Hofstra
runners stranded on base.
Hofstra (0-4) was led by Danielle Stewart's 2-for-3 performance, including
Florida plays in the championship game of the UF Hotel and Conference
Center Invitational Sunday at 12:30 against the winner of the UT-