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Jackie Marchetta had five stolen bases and 10 assists to lead Florida over Arkansas.

Saturday March 30, 2002Softball Sweeps Arkansas

Gainesville, FL

Jackie Marchetta had five stolen bases and 10 assists to lead Florida over Arkansas.

The Florida softball team (22-23, 5-9 SEC) swept their first Southeastern Conference double header of the season with wins of 4-1 and 2-1 over the Arkansas Lady Backs (24-14, 5-6 SEC).

A pitcher's dual held both teams scoreless through three innings in game one. Then Florida opened up the scoring with three runs in the bottom of the fourth. Leadoff batter Mylin Prieto was hit by a Rachel Talley pitch. Jenn Mossadeghi reached on an error by the Lady Back short stop. Bree Berger was hit by another Rachel Talley pitch to load the bases. Katy Berger hit an RBI single to score Stacy Rosen, who was running for Prieto, and Mossadeghi.. With runners on second and third, Heather Schlictman came in to replace Talley for Arkansas. Ashley Goble, pinch running for Bree Berger, scored on a Nikki Baldwin ground out to give Florida the 3-0 lead.

Arkansas narrowed the lead to 3-1 as Lisa Nieman scored on a single by Andy Wharton in the top of the fifth.

Florida took the three run lead again as Jackie Marchetta stole home on a double steal. It would prove to be the final run of the game and would give Florida the 4-1 win.

Mandy Schuerman got the win for the Gators. Her record improves to 5-7. Brittani Houghton came in at the top of the fifth inning to earn the save. Rachel Talley took the loss for Arkansas. Her record is now 12-4.

The Lady Backs scored first in the top of the first inning of game two. Blair Woodward scored on an RBI single by Stephanie Hunter to give Arkansas a 1-0 lead.

Florida took a one-run lead in the bottom the third inning. Prieto scored on a single by Mossadeghi to tie the game at 1-1. Jackie Marchetta stole home on a double steal for the second time of the day to give Florida the 2-1 lead.

Top notch pitching by reliever Amanda Knowles kept Florida in the lead for the win. Knowles did not give up any hits in the four innings she pitched and only allowed one runner on base. Her record improves to 7-6 on the season. Heather Schlichtman pitched a complete game in the loss for Arkansas. Her record is now 10-6 on the season.

Marchetta had a stellar day for Florida. She went 1-for-5 with a walk and two runs scored, but stole five bases, including the steal that proved to be the game-winning run in game two. She also had two putouts and ten assists in the field with no errors.

The two teams will face off again tomorrow for the third game of the series beginning at noon.



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