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Friday March 1, 2002Softball Drops a Doubleheader to Purdue

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The Florida softball team dropped their first two games of the Stacy Winsberg Memorial Tournament hosted by UCLA today. The Gators opened the tournament with a double header against the Purdue Boilermakers, losing the first game 2-1 and the second 13-5.

All the runs in the first game were scored in the fifth inning. Purdue opened the fifth with a single by Laura Martin. Katie Absher pinch ran for Martin. She advanced to second on a single by Hillsey. Both runners advanced on a wild pitch by Florida pitcher Schuerman. Amanda Moore came in to pitch for Schuerman and gave up a hit that scored Absher. Hillsey scored on a passed ball by catcher Andrea Zimbardi.

Florida answered back in the bottom of the inning. Schuerman led off with a walk. Marchetta followed with a single. Schuerman advanced to third on a Prieto fly out to center field and scored the Gators only run a batter later on a passed ball.

Purdue threatened again in the sixth inning, but the Florida defense stood strong. The Gators made their last two outs with the bases loaded to keep the deficit at one run. The hits didn't come in the next two chances at bat, ending the game in a 2-1 loss for Florida.

The Gators rallied for three runs in the top of the second inning in game two. With one out, Florida drove three straight doubles tot he outfield. Jenn Mossadeghi started off with a stand-up double to the centerfield wall. Prissie Walden drove her in with a double down the left field line. Walden also scored on the same play on an error by the Purdue shortstop. Katy Berger added the third double. She advanced to third on a ground out by Ashlie Goble and scored on Nikki Baldwin's single.

Purdue answered back in the bottom of the inning and scored three runs, two on very close calls at the plate. Shelli Messer started with a single. Angi Roembke reached on an error on a sacrifice play to advance Messer. Messer scored on a single by Sara Hall. Florida attempted to make the play at the plate and get the runner heading home, but catcher Goble just missed the tag. Angela Knight reached first on a fielder's choice, loading the bases. Roembke scored a single to left field by Andrea Hillsey. Andrea Roush reached base on a fielder's choice, while the Florida tried to get the force at the plate and avoid another run. The ball reached home just a millisecond after the runner, scoring the third run of the inning.

The Purdue hits just kept on coming in the following innings. They scored three runs in the in the bottom of the third and two in the fourth to give them an 8-2 lead.

Florida added two runs in the top of the fifth to close the gap. Freshman Baldwin, who was 3-for-3 for the game, led off with a single. She advanced to second on a wild pitch. Mandy Schuerman followed with a walk. Both runners advanced on a sacrifice bunt by Jackie Marchetta. They scored on a hard hit single to right center by Mylin Prieto to narrow the gap to 8-5.

The short Gator rally was just not enough as the Boilermakers scored two more runs in the bottom of the fifth and three more in the sixth to end the game by the eight-run rule after six innings with a 13-5 loss.

The Gators will continue play in the Stacy Winsberg Memorial Tournament tomorrow at 9 a.m. pacific time against Texas A&M Corpus Christi in a double header.

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