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Mandy Schuerman recorded the win and went 2-for-3 with two runs and an RBI.

Friday April 26, 2002Softball Sweeps First SEC Series With 13-2 Win

Knoxville, TN

Mandy Schuerman recorded the win and went 2-for-3 with two runs and an RBI.

The Florida softball team (32-20, 12-15 SEC) swept its first Southeastern Conference series, defeating Tennessee, 13-2 in five innings at Tyson Park in Knoxville, Tenn, Friday afternoon. The win secures Florida's spot in the SEC Tournament. The Gators are now playing for a better seed.

Florida started off much the way they ended the previous night. Jackie Marchetta started the Gators off with a single to right center field. She advanced to second on the sacrifice by Jenilee Garner. Mandy Schuerman hit Marchetta in with a RBI single up the middle. Brittani Houghton came in to pinch run for Schuerman and stole second. She advanced to third on a Mylin Prieto foul to right field and scored as the Tennessee right fielder hurled the ball into the third base dugout. Stacy Rosen reached on an error. With two outs and Rosen on, Bree Berger hit her seventh home run of the season and second of the series to give the Gators a 4-0 lead in the top of the first.

Tennessee scored an easy run in the bottom of the first to cut Florida's lead to 4-2. Florida pitcher Schuerman walked lead off batter Amber Rhinehart. Blaine Teasley followed with a double. Rhinehart scored and Teasley advanced to third on a wild pitch with no outs in the inning. After striking out Adrianna Wilson, Shuerman walked Hannah Low to put runners on the corners. A Maria Torres single scored Teasley for the Lady Vols' second run of the inning.

The Gators added another run in the top of the second to take a three run lead as Jessie Franklin scored on a Jenilee Garner double.

Lady Vols pitcher Crystal Bobo walked the bases loaded in the top of the third. Clean-up hitter Jennifer Mossadeghi was safe on the fielder's choice as Jenn Brown was thrown out at home, but the bases were still loaded with only one out. Nikki Baldwin lined out for the second out of the inning. Jessie Franklin drew the two out walk, walking in Stacy Rosen to give Florida the 6-2 lead with the bases still loaded. Tennessee starting pitcher Stephanie Humphrey reentered the game at that point. Her first batter, Marchetta, hit a blooper double just into the outfield to score Bree Berger and Mossadeghi and pull the Gators ahead by six runs.

Mandy Schuerman drew the lead off walk in the top of the fourth. She advanced to second on a wild pitch and to third on a single by Stacy Rosen. The Gators pulled off a perfect double steal as Rosen stole second and Schuerman stole home to give Florida the seven-run lead. Rosen advanced to third on an error on the play. Rosen scored the mercy-rule run as Mossadeghi was safe on an error by the Tennessee short stop.

Despite Florida's eight-run lead, the mercy rule does not come into affect until after the fifth inning, so the Gators came up to bat one more time. Florida added three runs on five hits in the top of the fifth to end the game with a 13-2 win.

Mandy Schuerman earned the win for Florida, improving her record to 7-7 on the season.

Florida has one more series remaining to improve its overall record and move up in the SEC standings. After taking a week off for final exams, the Gators will travel to Starkville, Miss. for three games with Mississippi State on May 4 and 5.

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