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Saturday February 1, 2003Softball Splits in Day Two of Getterman Classic

Waco, TX

The Florida softball team (4-2) split games again in the second day of the Getterman Classic in Waco, Texas. The Gators defeated the Texas-Arlington Mavericks (1-3) 3-1 in the first game of the day, but lost 6-1 to host Baylor (4-0) in the late game.

Florida opened up the scoring in the second inning of game one. Sophomore Mandy Schuerman led off with a single and advanced to second on a sacrifice bunt by junior Mylin Prieto. With two outs in the inning, freshmen Kristen Butler and Laura Templeton both walked to load the bases. Sophomore Nikki Baldwin’s first hit od the 2003 season was a two-run double to left field to score Schuerman and Butler for the 2-0 lead.

The Gators added another run in the bottom of the fifth inning. Templeton led off the inning with a base hit to left field. Senior Jennifer Brown came in to pinch run for her at first. Brown advanced to second on a Nikki Baldwin sacrifice bunt and to third on a long fly ball to right field by senior Jackie Marchetta. With two outs, junior Jenilee Garner hit a bunt right down the first base line to score Brown and give the Gators a 3-0 cushion.

Texas-Arlington gave the Gators a scare in the top of the sixth. Falon Kwasnick led off the inning with a double to left field. She scored on a base hit up the middle by Natalie Mullen. A Beverly Rowan single put runners on first and second with only one out, but smart defense by the Gators put the lead runner out at third. The catcher Crystal Krebs was hit by an Amanda Moore pitch to load the bases. Starter Schuerman reentered the game to pitch and struck out the next batter to preserve Florida’s 3-1 lead and the eventual win.

Schuerman earned the win for Florida in her first appearance of 2003. Katie Cox received the loss.

In game two, Baylor scored six runs off 11 hits, including a double and two homeruns, for its 6-1 win. The one Florida run came in the bottom half of the fourth with the Gators down 4-0. Schuerman reached second on a double and advanced to third on a passed ball. She crossed the plate on a sacrifice fly by freshman Lindsey Cameron.

Jenny Gladding received the loss for Florida. Joni Miller earned the win for the Bears.

The Gators finish the Getterman Classic Sunday morning with a 9 a.m. (Central) rematch with Centenary and an 11 a.m. matchup with Baylor.

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