The Florida softball team extended their winning streak to seven games as
they swept St. John's in a doubleheader Tuesday evening at Florida
Softball Stadium. Florida (10-4) followed up their 9-3 win in the first
game against St. Johns (0-7) with a 6-0 win in the nightcap.
The seven-game win streak ties for the second-longest winning streak in
Florida softball history and is second to only a nine-game win streak the
Gators had 2001.
"I didn't think our team effort was as strong as it should have been in
the first game," Florida coach Karen Johns said. "We talked about it in
between games and we responded."
Amanda Knowles (5-0) was credited with the win in game one, and Amanda
Moore (4-2) pitched a complete game to win game two. St. John's Meghan
Allman (0-7) received both losses in pitching two complete games.
Three Gators had two hits in game one, including Mylin Prieto's 2-for-3,
two RBI performance. Katy Berger went 1-for-3 with a game-high three RBI's
in the first game.
In game two, Jenilee Garner went 2-for-2 with two RBI's and one run.
Prissie Walden also went 2-for-2 with two runs scored.
In game one, the Gators took advantage of control problems by Allman to
score five runs in the first inning on only two hits. Four Florida batters
were walked and one was hit by a pitch to reach base that inning.
After two Gators were walked to help load the bases with one out in the
first, Allman walked Andrea Zimbardi to score Jackie Marchetta. Nikki
Baldwin was hit on her left wrist the following at-bat to score Prieto
from third and put Florida up 2-0.
Katy Berger took matters into her own hands the following at-bat. The
outfielder cleared the bases with a three-RBI triple into right field to
give Florida a 5-0 lead.
Knowles cruised into the third inning allowing only two hits and striking
out four, but she would run into trouble that inning. After giving up back-
to-back singles with one out, she was replaced by Amanda Moore.
A Jillian Sandoval double to left-center field scored the St. John's first
run in the third Later that inning, a sacrifice grounder to second base
scored Jessica Sheppard to trim Florida's lead to 5-2.
Florida tacked two more runs onto their lead in the fourth inning to go up
7-2. After Jenn Brown stole second base with one out that inning, Mandy
Schuerman's single down the left-field line brought her home. Schuerman
scored from third base with two outs later in the fourth inning when
Prieto's line drive bounced off the St. John's third baseman's glove into
The Gators took a 7-3 lead into the bottom of the sixth inning after St.
John's scored one run in top frame of the inning. Florida hit three
consecutive singles to start the sixth inning, with Prieto's one-base hit
scoring Schuerman. Pinch hitter Ashley Cutcliff recorded her first career
RBI two batters later with a groundout to second base to score
Moore pitched 4.2 innings of relief, allowing only one run, one hit and
In game two, the Gators jumped out to a quick 3-0 lead in the second
inning and never looked back. With two outs and runners on second and
third base, Jenilee Garner singled on a full count to score both runs to
give Florida a 2-0 advantage.
Schuerman scored Garner the following at-bat by drilling a pitch down the
left field line into the outfield with two outs. Garner was able to cross
home plate before Schuerman was thrown out at second base to score
Florida's third run.
The Gators scored three insurance runs in the bottom of the sixth inning
to go up 6-0 and end the night's scoring. Prissie Walden doubled to left-
center field to lead off the inning and scored along with Katy Berger off
a double by Cutcliff to center field with one out, giving Florida a 5-0
lead. Baldwin scored later in the inning when Jessie Franklin was hit by
Allman with the bases loaded.
Moore struck out six hitters allowing six hits in her complete game.
Florida heads to Lafayette, La. this weekend at the Lady Cajun Classic
hosted by Louisiana-Lafayette. They will face Northwestern State at 12:45
p.m. (ET) on Friday, Feb. 22.