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Saturday April 13, 2002Softball Splits Doubleheader with Georgia

Gainesville, FL

GAINESVILLE- A walk-off home run off the scoreboard by Mandy Schuerman in the first of two games against No.23 Georgia helped the Gators take one of two from the Bulldogs Saturday at Florida Softball Stadium.

Florida (26-27, 7-13 SEC) defeated Georgia (44-11, 12-11 SEC) 3-2 in game 1 and lost game 2 10-5 in nine innings after waiting through three rain delays totaling one hour and 16 minutes. Schuerman (6-7) was credited with the win in game 1 for Florida while Lacey Gardner (18-7) received the loss for Georgia. Amanda Moore (9-12) picked up the loss for Florida in game 2 and Rachael Hawkins (4-0) was credited with the win for Georgia.

Mylin Prieto led Florida at the plate in game one by going 3-for-3 with a double. Jenilee Garner went 2-for-3 in Florida's win with a run.

Florida was led in game two by Prissie Walden's 2-for-3 showing and Bree Berger's 1-for-2, three RBI performance.

In game one, Florida was forced to bat in the bottom of the seventh inning after Nicole Barber's single scored Michelle Tyree with two outs to tie the score at 2-2 in the top of that inning. Schuerman led off the bottom part of the inning for Florida and drilled a 2-1 pitch over the wall in left-center field to give Florida the 3-2 victory.

The first inning was the only other inning the two teams scored in the first game. Shannon McKeen drove in Georgia's first run with an infield hit past Florida starter Amanda Knowles to score Nicole Barber from third base.

Florida answered with two runs in the bottom half of the first to take a 2-1 lead. After Jenilee Garner singled and Prieto doubled, Jennifer Mossadeghi was intentionally walked to load the bases with one out. Gardner went on to walk Bree and Katy Berger on back-to-back at-bats to score Garner and Prieto.

Knowles kept the Georgia bats silent for the next five innings and allowed only three hits while striking out five. She was replaced by Schuerman after hitting Michelle Green to lead of the seventh inning.

Georgia was led in game one by a 2-for-3, one run and one RBI performance by Nicole Barber.

Game two lasted over four hours due to the rain delays and extra innings. The Bulldogs scored five runs in the top of the ninth inning to put the game away.

Georgia scored its two runs of their runs in the ninth inning by putting the ball into play in the infield. With the bases loaded and Georgia up 7-5 with two outs, Kim McKeon hit a three RBI double to center field to clear the bases and put the game out of reach.

Florida took a 5-3 advantage into the fifth inning after a four-run fourth inning. Bree Berger hit a three RBI double to the wall in left-center field to clear the bases and put Florida on top.

The Gators' Moore had six strikeouts in the loss.





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