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Sunday March 24, 2002Softball Wins Gator Invitational

Gainesville, FL

Jenn Mossadeghi's home run helped Florida defeat No. 25 Wisconsin to win the Gator Invitational

Junior Jenn Mossadeghi (Jupiter, Fla.) went 3-for-3 with one RBI and sophomore Amanda Moore (Tuscaloosa, Ala.) pitched a four-hit, complete game to lead the University of Florida to a 3-1 win over No. 25 Wisconsin in softball action Sunday to win the Gator Invitational.

"We really felt confident the whole game and in control because of our defense," Florida head coach Karen Johns said. "The shut people out that long is a big boost for our pitching staff."

Coming into Sunday's game, Florida had not surrendered a run in 32 1/3 consecutive innings. Wisconsin's run in the top of the seventh with two outs ended that streak at 39 innings - the longest such streak during Johns' tenure.

Florida's Mandy Schuerman (Riverview, Fla.) led off the bottom of the first inning with a home run to left field to put the Gators up 1- 0. Neither team would score again until the bottom of the sixth when Florida added to its lead.

Jenilee Garner (Gainesville, Fla.) led off the sixth inning for the Gators with a single and moved to second on the throw to third base. Mossadeghi then lined a double into left field, driving in Garner. Katy Berger (Carmel, Ind.) then attempted to sacrifice bunt, but beat the throw, and moved up to second on Diana Consolmagno's throwing error, which allowed Mossadeghi to score Florida's final run of the day.

Moore (9-8) surrendered one run on four hits while striking out three. Andrea Kirchberg (10-8) gave up three runs on eight hits while striking out 12.

Florida moves to 19-21 overall, and the Gators' win is their sixth against ranked teams this season. All six wins over Top 25 teams have come at home. Wisconsin drops to 17-9 overall this year.

In the consolation game of the tournament, Maine exploded for four runs in the top of the eighth inning, including three runs off Erica Sobel's home run to left field, to defeat Samford 5-4. With two outs and the score 5-2, Samford began a comeback when Deanna Resmondo singled to center with the bases loaded, driving in two runs. Dana Saffles was picked off second base on the same play to end the game at 5-4. Jennifer Merchant (7-6) got the win for Maine, while Erin Landsburg (7-10) recorded the loss for Samford.

Florida returns to action Tuesday at 5 p.m. when the Gators host a doubleheader against Southeastern Conference foe Auburn. The three- game series concludes Wednesday at 5 p.m.

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