Sunday March 17, 2002Softball Improves SEC Record With Win Over Wildcat
The Florida Softball team took advantage of three Kentucky errors to defeat the Wildcats 4-3.
A three-run fifth inning helped the Gators erase a 2-1 deficit to defeat Kentucky 4-3 in front of a season-high 620 fans at Florida Softball Stadium Sunday afternoon.
Florida took two-of-three games from the Wildcats during the weekend to improve its record to 14-18, 2-4 in the Southeastern Conference. Kentucky falls to 15-11, 1-2 in league play.
"We are really happy with the win and any time we win a series," Florida coach Karen Johns said. " This is a very resilient group and everything will fall into place."
Mandy Schuerman (3-5) pitched three innings of relief, allowing only one run on two hits for the win. Jennifer Howland (5-3) pitched a complete game for the Wildcats, allowing three hits in the loss. Katy Berger, Jennifer Mossadeghi and Bree Berger recorded Florida's only hits.
Trailing 2-1 with one out in the fifth inning, Katy Berger doubled off the wall in left-center field to start Florida's rally. An error by Kentucky's left fielder on a Mylin Prieto fly ball with the bases loaded later in the inning scored Jackie Marchetta, Jessie Franklin and Jenilee Garner to put Florida up 4-2.
Kentucky had two errors during the bottom of the fifth inning off Florida starter Amanda Moore and finished with three for the game. Florida scored all four of its runs off Kentucky errors, and no Gator had a RBI on the afternoon.
Kentucky took a quick 2-0 lead by scoring in the first and second inning, but Florida would answer in the bottom of the second. Kentucky's third baseman misplayed a Katy Berger ground ball to score the pinch-running Stacey Rosen.
Florida returns to action Tuesday, March 19 when the team travels to Tuscalossa, Ala. to take on Alabama for a three-game series. Florida plays a double header Tuesday against the Crimson Tide before concluding the series on Wednesday.