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Friday January 31, 2003Softball Gators Split in Day One of Baylor Tourney

Gainesville, FL

Mossadeghi went 4-for-7 with four RBI and three runs scored in the two games.

The Florida softball team (3-1) split its first two games of the Getterman Classic today in Waco, Texas. The Gators lost the first game 6-5 to Centenary (1-0) and defeated Texas-Arlington (0-1) 5-4 in eight innings in the second game of the day.

Florida did all its scoring in the first inning of game one. With one out in the inning, senior Jackie Marchetta started the Gators off with a single. Sophomore Mylin Prieto followed with a double to right field. Mandy Schuerman reached first on balls to load the bases. Senior Jennifer Mossadeghi ripped a single up the middle to score Prieto and Marchetta. Junior Jenny Gladding hit her first home run of the season to score three more runs and give the Gators a 5-0 lead.

Centenary narrowed Florida’s lead in the top of the fourth. Jordan Lansdale led off the inning with a home run over the left field fence. With one out and runners on first and second, Janis Kelley hit the second homer of the inning to score three runs and make the score 5-4.

Centenary took the 6-4 lead on a third home run in the fifth inning. With two outs, Katie Meinan knocked a two-run homer out in right center. The Gators attempted a comeback in the bottom of the seventh, but could not put all the pieces together.

Junior pitcher Amanda Moore took the first Gator loss of the season. She pitched 3.2 innings in relief of starter sophomore Amanda Knowles. Cathy Byrne earned the win for Centenary and Cheyenne Daries picked up a save.

Florida was more consistent offensively in the second game. The Gators scored runs in four of the eight innings. However, four Florida errors led to the four Lady Maverick runs that sent the game into extra innings.

Florida opened the scoring in the top of the second inning. With two outs and runners on second and third, freshman Kristen Butler drove a single up the middle to score Mossadeghi from third. UT-Arlington answered back to tie the game on a triple and an error.

The Lady Mavericks took a 3-1 lead in the bottom of the third. With one outs and the bases loaded, a Natalie Mullen single would have scored a run, but Ali Lommel did not touch home as she crossed the plate and was called out when she went into the dugout. UT-Arlington was not out of the inning yet as two Gator errors allowed two runs to score.

The Gators were not about to give up though and tied the game at 3-3 in the top of the next inning on a Mossadeghi home run with a runner on first. Florida followed that with another run in the top of the fifth. Butler led off the inning with a double deep into right center field. Freshman Lindsay Norfleet entered the game to pinch run for Butler and was advanced to third on a well laid sacrifice bunt by freshman Lindsey Cameron. Marchetta knocked Norfleet in with a single up the middle for the 4-3 lead.

UT-Arlington tied the game once again in the bottom of the fifth. Melanie Williams reached first on the fourth Gator error of the game and scored two batters later on a Beverly Rowan single.

Both pitchers stymied the other team through the final two innings of regulation, but the Gator offense came through in the extra inning for the win. Jenilee Garner started the inning on second base due to international tiebreaker rules. She advanced to third on a textbook bunt by Jackie Marchetta and scored on a Prieto double for the 5-4 win in the Gators second extra-inning game of the young season. Florida now holds a 32-13 all-time record in extra inning games, including a 23-6 record in eight inning games.

Jenny Gladding struck out 13 batters in her first decision as a Gator. She pitched the entire eight innings for the win. Katie Cox to the complete game loss for the Lady Mavericks.

Jennifer Mossadeghi was the Gator leader at the plate today. She went 4-for-7 with four RBI and three runs scored in the two games.

Florida will return to action tomorrow at 1:30 p.m. Eastern to face Texas-Arlington again. The Gators will face Baylor in the last game of the day at 6:30 p.m. ET.

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