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Sunday April 21, 2002Softball Loses Final Home Game

Gainesville, FL

The Florida softball team (29-30, 9-15 SEC) lost the final home game of the season to South Carolina (35-14, 16-8 SEC) 1-0 at the Florida Softball Stadium. It was an emotional day as the Gators said farewell to senior Katy Berger in the final home game of her career. The Gator defense came up throwing in the top of the first. Two of the three first inning outs were pickoffs by Florida catcher Bree Berger. Both defenses and pitchers held the other team stymied through four innings. Gator starter Amanda Knowles allowed three hits through the four innings, but her defense kept the runners from scoring. In the top of the fifth, Samantha Jennings drew a two out walk. She scored on the game-winning RBI double by Danielle Quinones to give South Carolina the 1-0 lead.

Florida could not get the bats going in the game and only put two runners on base, both on walks. The no-hitter was South Carolina pitcher Megan Matthews' second of the season. It was the first time all season the Gators were no hit. Matthews record improves to 19-6.

Florida's Knowles took the loss. Her record stands at 11-9.

Florida was in eighth place in the SEC going into today's game. The eighth place spot is the last spot that is invited to the SEC Tournament in Chattanooga, Tenn. May 9-12. Florida still has six games remaining to solidify a spot in the tournament.

The Gators next game is Thursday, April 25 against Tennessee, the team just below them in the conference, in Knoxville. All three games of the series will be broadcast live on WRUF 850 AM.
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