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Sunday April 7, 2002Softball Loses Final Game in Series With Ole Miss

Oxford, MS

The Florida softball team (23-26, 6-12 SEC) lost the rubber match of the series with Ole Miss (23-13, 5-7 SEC) to lose the series.

Ole Miss scored first in the bottom of the first inning. The Rebels used two hits and two walks to score leadoff batter Brooke Turner. They added three more runs in the bottom of the second. A Turner single scored leadoff batter Jessica Hamilton and Britte Hardy scored on a nearly perfectly laid bunt by Megan Kozar. Turner scored her second run of the day on a wild pitch by Florida pitcher Mandy Schuerman.

The Gators attempted rallies in the top of the fourth and fifth innings. In each inning, the Gators got a runner to third, but were not able to bring her home. In the fourth, Mylin Prieto led off with a single up the middle and advanced to second on a wild pitch. She advanced to third on a sacrifice bunt by Stacy Rosen, but the next two batters were out, ending the rally. In the fifth, Prissie Walden hit a single with one out. Ashlie Goble followed with another single. After another out, Prieto was hit by a pitch to load the bases, but once again the Gator bats were stymied as Rebel ace Leslie Day came in to replace starter Lindsey Whatley.

Ole Miss added another run on two hits in the bottom of the sixth to make the final score 5-0.

Starter Amanda Knowles took the loss for Florida. Her record is now 8-7. Lindsey Whatlet earned the win for Ole Miss. Her record improves to 7- 4.

Florida travels to Tampa to take on South Florida in a non-conference doubleheader on Wednesday.
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