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Saturday February 23, 2002Softball Splits Day Two and Lady Cajun Classic

Gainesville, FL

The Florida softball team won its first game and lost their second game in day two of the Louisiana Classics in Lafayette, La. The Gators defeated Houston 8-2 but lost to the host, Louisiana-Lafayette 12-6. Amanda Moore got the decision in both games, moving her record to 5-4 on the season. The Gators have a 1-3 record in the tournament with one game to go.

Florida scored their first run in the bottom of the first inning as Jackie Marchetta scored on a single along the left field line by designated player Bree Berger.

Houston cam back to take a 2-1 lead in the top of the second as they scored two unearned runs off three hits and a Gator error. Florida came back in the bottom of the inning. Brittani Houghton started the rally with a single. Jenilee Garner reached base after being hit by a pitch. Schuerman scored both runners with a hard hit single up the middle. Marchetta reached on an error and Mylin Preito loaded the bases with a single. Jenn Mossadeghi picked up two RBI with a single to left field that drove in Schuerman and Marchetta.

Schuerman and Garner scored in the third and Mandy Schuerman slammed a ball deep over the centerfield fence to give the Gators the 8-2 win.

Louisiana-Lafayette used a six-run second inning to give them a 13-6 victory over Florida. The Lady Cajuns opened the game with four runs in the top of the first. Florida cut their lead in half in the bottom of the inning. Schuerman led off with her second home run of the night for the Gators first score. Mossadeghi hit a double into centerfield to score Bree Berger to bring the score to 4-2 in favor of the Lady Cajuns.

Louisiana-Lafayette stuck it to the Gators in the top of the second. Florida used three pitchers in the inning, giving up six runs on three hits and five walks. The Lady Cajuns added one more runs in the top of the fourth to make the score 11-2.

It looked as if the game would be over after the fifth inning, but the Gators were not about to give up. Pinch hitter Katy Berger started off the inning reaching base after being hit by a pitch. She advanced to third on a double by Schuerman. Jackie Marchetta reached first on a fielder's choice, but no Gator was thrown out on the play. Prieto hit a two-run single to score Berger and Baldwin, who was pinch running for Schuerman. Bree Berger reached first on another fielder's choice, with Preito being thrown out at second for the first out of the inning. Mossadeghi picked up two more RBI as she scored Marchetta and Bree Berger. The Gator rally ended there, but with the gap narrowed to 11-6.

The Lady Cajuns scored two more runs in the top of the seventh to end the game at 13-6.

Florida has one game remaining in the tournament. They will face Northwestern State Sunday at 12 p.m. eastern.
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