Sunday April 14, 2002Gators Lose Rubber Match of Softball Series
Florida was prevented from raising its season record to the .500 level by tough Georgia pitching as it dropped the final game of its weekend series against the No.23 Bulldogs 3-0 Sunday afternoon at Florida Softball Stadium.
The Gators (26-28, 7-14 SEC) took one of three games against Georgia (45-11, 13-11 SEC) on the weekend. Florida starter Amanda Knowles (9-8) had four strikeouts in the losing effort. Georgia starter Nichole Urban (9-1) pitched a complete game for the win.
Florida's Katy Berger went 2-for-2, and Mandy Schuerman, Jenilee Garner and Prissie Walden each had one hit. Nicole Barber led Georgia with a two hit, two RBI outing.
With Georgia's Amy Brannan on first base after being walked to open the third inning, Barber droves her in on a triple to left-center field off Knowles. Barber would score on the play from third base on Prissie Walden's throwing error to home from second base to put Georgia up 2-0.
The Bulldogs struck again in the top of the fifth inning off Florida reliever Brittani Houghton to take a 3-0 lead. Amy Brannan reached second base to open the inning after doubling down the third base line past a diving Jennifer Mossadeghi. Barber scored her in the following at-bat with a single to left-center field.
Florida's best chance to score came in the first inning when it had the bases loaded with two outs after a pair of singles and a walk. Bree Berger struck out looking on a 1-2 pitch to end the scoring threat.
Knowles, Houghton and Amanda Moore stuck out a combined seven Georgia hitters and allowed only four hits.
Florida out-hit Georgia 5-4 but were unable to register any extra base hits.
Florida returns to action Wednesday, April 17 when it travels to Tallahassee to take on Florida State in a doubleheader. Game one is scheduled for 4 p.m.