Friday February 21, 2003Softball Wins Seventh Straight
Jenny Gladding pitched a shutout for the third consecutive game and two Gators hit a home run as the University of Florida softball team cruised to a 6-0 win over Illinois on Friday. The Gatorsí (14-4) win against Illinois preceded a 3-1 win over Oakland in its second game of the Cox Communications Classic at Florida Softball Stadium.
"I was really pleased with our first game," Florida coach Karen Johns said. "I thought everything that we wanted to do we accomplished. I thought Jenny threw a beautiful ballgame. In the second game, the only thing that I was disappointed in was our defense. We just didnít come out with our ĎAí game, but fortunately we had good enough speed to win that game."
In the Gatorsí win over previously unbeaten Illinois (6-1), sophomore Mandy Schuerman and freshman Lindsey Cameron hit their first home runs of the season. Schuerman went 2-for-2 with a two-run home run, and Cameron had a career-high three hits to go along with a two-run home run.
"Itís good to see that again," said Schuerman regarding her home run. "You never really swing for one, but they just kind of come. Iíve been working real hard at practice, so I was pretty satisfied with it."
Gladding (5-2) struck out eight in pitching a complete game and allowed two hits, which tied for the juniorís career low.
The Gators scored two runs in the first, sixth and seventh inning off Illinois.
With Florida senior Jennifer Mossadeghi on first base after being walked with two outs in the first inning, Schuerman drilled a two-run home run to center field to put Florida up 2-0.
Pinch-hitting freshman Laura Templetonís fly-out to center field in the sixth inning scored freshman Lindsay Norfleet from third base and sophomore Brittani Houghton. Houghton scored on the play when Illinois center fielder Rachelle Coriddi committed a throwing error that gave Florida a four-run lead.
Cameronís blast to center field with one out in the seventh inning and senior Jackie Marchetta on second base gave Florida its sixth and final run. Marchetta stole second base in the inning to give her a team high eight stolen bases this season.
Illinois starting pitcher Jackelyn Diekemper took the loss and was replaced by Sherri Taylor after giving up three hits and two earned runs to Florida in the bottom of the first inning. Taylor didnít fare much better in allowing four runs and seven hits in six innings of relief.
In its second win over Oakland (1-1), opportunistic base running allowed Florida to score three runs despite only one hit.
Florida junior Amanda Moore (6-1) pitched the final five innings of the game in earning the win. Moore, who replaced sophomore starter Amanda Knowles, allowed one hit and struck out seven.
Freshman Lindsey Cameronís single in the sixth inning accounted for Floridaís lone hit. Senior Jennifer Brown had two stolen bases.
With the score tied at 1 and the Gators without a hit with one out in the sixth, the Florida offense awoke.
Cameronís single through the left side of the infield began a two-running inning that put Florida up 3-1.
Sophomore Brittani Houghton, pinch running for Cameron, took off to steal second base as Mossadeghi was walked. Oakland catcher Valene Hair threw to second base to catch Houghton stealing, but it sailed into center field and advanced Houghton to third base.
A wild pitch by newly inserted pitcher Nicole Marzano (0-1) on the next at-bat scored Houghton from third base to put Florida up 2-1. After Houghton scored, Hair threw to third base to prevent freshman Lindsay Norfleet, running for Mossadeghi, from stealing. The throw sailed into left field and Norfleet scored to give the Gators a two-run lead.
The Gatorsí base running in the top of the fourth inning led to a run despite no hits. Florida stole three bases during one sequence when the ball was in play to tie the score at 1.
With Brown on first base and senior Jackie Marchetta on third base with two outs in the fourth, the two Florida speedsters took off on a double steal. Brown was safe at home and Marchetta scored to tie the game.
Brown stole third base for her second steal of the inning on the late throw home for Floridaís first run.
The Gators made two fielding errors in the third inning that accounted for Oaklandís run.
After Oaklandís Megan Piar singled to lead off the inning, she advanced to second base on a throwing error to first base by junior Jenilee Garner. A throwing error on the next at-bat by senior Jennifer Mossadeghi to the same location scored Piat from second base to give Oakland a 1-0 lead.
Florida returns to action Saturday as it faces No. 24 Georgia Tech at 1:30 p.m. at Florida Softball Stadium. Seeded play begins following Floridaís game, with games at 4 and 6:30 p.m.
Illinois upset No. 24 Georgia Tech 3-2 in extra innings in the first game of the Cox Communications Classic on Friday at Florida Softball Stadium.
Illinois (6-0) remained undefeated on the season behind pitcher Amanda Fortune (3-0), who pitched all eight innings and struck out six. Jessica Sallinger (2-4) pitched a complete game for Georgia Tech (6-4) and struck out four.
After Georgia Tech scored a run in the top of the eight inning to take a 2-1 lead after Amy Hosier crossed the plate on an error by Illinois center fielder Rachelle Coriddi, Illinois scored two runs in the bottom of the inning to win the game.
A RBI single down the right-field line by Illinoisí Erin Jones with no outs tied the game. A bases-loaded walk two outs later to Katie OíConnell scored Jones for the game-winning run.
Oakland took advantage of a fielding error by No. 24 Georgia Tech in the top of the fifth inning to win 1-0 Friday in the second game of the Cox Communications Classic at Florida Softball Stadium.
Georgia Tech (6-5) lost its second game of the tournament.
The win was Oaklandís (1-0) first of the season. Oakland pitcher Julie Anderson (1-0) struck out five and allowed four hits in the complete-game win.
Georgia Tech starting pitcher Erin Voeltz (4-1) held Oakland to one hit in the loss, pitching all seven innings and striking out seven.
Tiffany Evans accounted for Oaklandís only hit in the fifth inning with a single up the middle that would lead to the game-winning score. Two outs later, with Donna McCoy at second base pinch running for Evans, Georgia Tech shortstop Tara Knudsen mishandled a hit by Judge to score McCoy.
Tara Neff went 2-for-2 for Georgia Tech.