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Saturday March 2, 2002Softball Splits With TAMUCC

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Florida split a double header with Texas A&M Corpus Christi in the second day of the Stacy Winsberg Memorial tournament hosted by UCLA today at Easton Stadium. The Gators lost the first game 8-2 and won the second 2-1. The win in the second game ended a six-game losing streak, the longest such streak in school history.

Florida struck first in the bottom of the first inning. Mandy Schuerman and Jackie Marchetta led off with back-to-back singles. The both scored on a double that hugged the left field line by Mylin Prieto to give the Gators the 2-0 lead.

Texas A&M Corpus Christi scored in the top of the third inning. Kelly Amos led off the inning with a walk. She advanced to second on a sacrifice by Katie Evans. Amos scored two batters later on a single by Shelley Oetken, to narrow the Gator lead to one. The Islanders took a one-run lead on a two run homer over the centerfield fence by Kesty Meitner. They lengthened their lead in the sixth. Two runs scored on an Evans double with the bases loaded to give the Islanders the 5-2 lead. Another double with the bases loaded in the seventh inning gave the Islanders two more runs. Another run scored on a fielding error by Mossadeghi to give TAMUCC the 8-2 lead.

Florida threatened in the bottom of the seventh and had the bases loaded with two outs, but were not able to bring any runners home.

The Gators started the second game with two runs in the first inning, this time in the top of the inning. Marchetta started off with a double to left field. Mylin Prieto followed with a hard hit single to the short stop. Katy Berger scored both runners with a two-out single.

The Islanders scored their lone run off a solo home run to lead off the bottom of the seventh inning.

Schuerman got the decision in both games, moving her record to 2-4. Moore was credited with a save in the second game. It was her second of the season.

The Gators face No. 1 UCLA tomorrow at 1:30 p.m. pacific time to close out the tournament.

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