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Saturday April 6, 2002Softball Breaks Losing Streak With Win Over Rebels

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The Florida softball team (23-25, 6-11 SEC) split a doubleheader with Ole Miss (22-13, 4-7 SEC), losing the first game 4-3 and winning the second 2- 0 to break a 10-game road losing streak and win their first Southeastern Conference road game. Freshman pitchers Amanda Knowles and Mandy Schuerman combined for a one hitter in the second game.

Florida scored first in game two. Jenn Mossadeghi hit a double with two outs and scored on the next play on an errant throw to first base to give Florida a 1-0 lead in the top of the fourth.

The Gators extended their lead to two runs in the top of the seventh. Katy Berger led off with a double to right field. She advanced to third on a Prissie Walden sacrifice and scored on a sacrifice fly by Jessie Franklin to make the score 2-0.

The Florida defense was the real key to the Gators' win. Starting pitcher Knowles struck out six batters in the first three innings, including striking out the side in the bottom of the third. Catcher Andrea Zimbardi threw out two runners attempting to steal and the Gators turned a double play to negate the Rebels one hit and two walks. Florida did not face more than three batters in any inning.

Knowles picked up the win for Florida. Her record improves to 8-6. Schuerman earned her first save of her career. Lindsay Price got the loss for Ole Miss. Her record is even at 5-5.

Florida was ready to go in the top of the first. Schuerman and Jackie Marchetta started the inning with two straight singles. Both runners advanced on a Mylin Prieto flyout deep into center field. Schuerman scored on a sacrifice fly by Bree Berger. Marchetta also got home on the play on an error by the Rebel catcher.

The Rebels came back to tie the game in the bottom of the fifth inning. Brooke Turner was hit by a pitch to start off the inning. She advanced to second on a walk and to third on a fielder's choice by Andrea Brahs. She scored on a single by DeDe Justice. Justice scored the tying run two batters later on a single by Megan Kozar to make the score 2-2.

Florida came back to take the lead again in the top of the sixth. Jen Brown, pinch running for Mossadeghi crossed the plate to make the score 3- 2 after three straight base hits by the Gators.

Ole Miss took its first lead of the game as Brahs knocked a triple down the right field line to score two runners and give the Rebels the 4-3 lead. Florida only got one hot in the top of the seventh inning to give Ole Miss the 4-3 win.

Amanda Moore took the loss for the Gators. Her record goes to 9-11. Leslie Day earned the win for Ole Miss her record is 9-4. Lindsey Price earned her first save of the season.

The two teams meet again tomorrow at the Ole Miss Softball Complex for the rubber match. Game time is at 1 p.m. central.
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