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Tuesday March 26, 2002Florida Softball Swept By Auburn in Doubleheader

Gainesville, FL

The Auburn Tigers (23-14, 2-6 SEC) pulled together hits at key times to lift them to two wins over Florida (19-23, 2-9 SEC) by scores of 8-3 and 3- 2 today at the Florida Softball Stadium. The Gators put together a great late inning in both games, but neither rally was enough to put them on top.

In the top of the first in game one, three straight Auburn singles and a wild pitch gave the Tigers an early 2-0 lead. They extended the lead to six, scoring four runs on four hits and a Gator error with two outs in the top of the fifth inning.

The Gators narrowed the lead in the bottom of the sixth inning. Jenn Mossadeghi started the the rally with a single up the middle. Katy Berger drove a double to left center field to score Mossadeghi. Jenilee Garner reached on an error and later stole second. Andrea Zimbardi reached first on an error by the Auburn thridbaseman which also allowed Berger to score. Tiger ace Kristin Keyes then came in to replace starter Tracy Murdock. She hit Prissie Walden, the first batter she faced, loading the bases. Keyes then walked in the third Gator run of the inning to make the score 6-3.

The Tigers score two more runs on two hits to extend their lead to 8-3 going into the bottom of the seventh. Florida attempted a comeback in the bottom of the seventh, but to no avail and Auburn earned their first SEC win of the season.

Murdock earned the win for Auburn raising her record to 3-0. Keyes broke the Auburn career and season saves record with her seventh save of the season. Amanda Moore took the loss for Florida. Her record is now 8-9.

The first four innings of game two were a pitchers dual. Each team was able to put a few runners on base, but neither could bring one home. Then Auburn struck first in the top of the fifth. They scored three runs on a three run homer by Sara Dean with two outs.

The Gators had the bases loaded in the fifth inning, but were unable to score any of the runners. They stepped up their play in the seventh inning. Bree Berger led off with a double down the right field line and advanced to third on a Nikki Baldwin ground out. Mandy Schuerman walked and Andrea Zimbardi was hit by a pitch to load the bases. Mylin Prieto was safe on a fielder's choice, but Berger was thrown out at home for the second out of the inning with the bases still loaded. Mossadeghi walked, allowing Schuerman to score. Jackie Marchetta reached first on an error and Jenilee Garner scored to put Florida within one with the bases still loaded and two outs. That is where the game ended as Katy Berger grounded out on a close play to the short stop.

Jennifer Lofton got the win for Auburn. Her record improves to 8-7. Keyes picked up her second save of the night. Mandy Schuerman took the loss in her first SEC start. Her record is now 4-7.

The teams will face off again tomorrow at 5 p.m. at the Florida Softball Stadium. The game will be shown live on the Sunshine Network and will also be radio broadcast live on WRUF 850 AM.
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