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Wednesday March 27, 2002Pitching Strong as Florida Run Rules Auburn 8-0

Gainesville, FL


Florida freshman pitcher Brittani Houghton pitched a complete game shutout for the first win of her career to lead the Gators to a 8-0 win over Auburn in five innings at Florida Softball Stadium Wednesday night.

A wild pitch by Auburn pitcher Lily Dubois with Florida (20-23, 3-9 SEC) leading 7-0 with two outs in the fifth inning scored Jackie Marchetta from third base to end the game early. Florida ended its midweek series with Auburn (23-15, 2-7 SEC) taking 1-of-3 from the Tigers.

Houghton (1-0) allowed only three hits, striking out one and allowing no walks in the longest appearance of her career. Jenn Mossadeghi and Prissie Walden each went 1-of-2 with two RBI's for Florida.

"Everyone contributed in some form by either moving runners along or hitting the ball hard," Florida coach Karen Johns said. " I thought [Houghton] had composure and her not allowing a walk was huge."

Florida erupted for five runs in the bottom of the third inning to pull away from Auburn. After singles by Mandy Schuerman and Mylin Prieto, Mossadeghi doubled to right-center field to score both and give Florida a 3-0 lead.

Two Auburn errors later in the inning helped Florida score three more runs. After Nikki Baldwin reached on an Auburn fielding error to load the bases, Prissie Walden cleared the bases with a single to left field that Auburn left fielder S. Anderson misplayed.

Florida took a 7-0 lead in what would prove to be the final inning when Marchetta's triple scored Schuerman with two outs in the fifth inning.

Florida scored its first run in the second inning off Nikki Baldwin's sacrifice fly to right field that scored Jenilee Garner from third base.

Florida faced four different Auburn pitchers in its win, collecting nine hits. Auburn starter Jen Lofton (8-8) received the loss.

Florida's win snaps a four-game Auburn winning streak.

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