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Friday February 28, 2003Softball Defeats North Carolina in Eight Innings

Austin, TX

The Florida softball team (16-6) took advantage of errors and used two sacrifice flies to defeat North Carolina (8-6) 2-1 in eight innings. The Gators now have a 1-1 record in the Time Warner Texas Invitational in Austin, Texas.

Florida took a 1-0 lead in the top of the opening frame. Leadoff batter Lindsey Cameron reached first and advanced to second on a throwing error by North Carolina pitcher Crystal Cox. Cameron advanced to third on a wild pitch and scored on a Jennifer Mossadeghi sacrifice fly.

North Carolina tied the game in the bottom of the inning. All-American Tiffany Tolleson led off with a walk. She stole second. The next two batters were out, then Jacline Holden hit the RBI single to score Tolleson for the 1-1 tie.

The two teams held each other off through the rest of regulation. North Carolina threatened in the bottom of the seventh. With a runner on first, Michelle Hoffman drove a double deep into left field. It looked as if the runner would score, but the Gator defense was able to get the ball home for the putout.

Kristen Butler reached base on an error by the thirdbaseman to lead off the eighth inning. Mylin Prieto followed with a walk. Both players advanced on a perfect sacrifice bunt by Jenilee Garner. Butler scored on a sacrifice fly by Lindsey Cameron for the 2-1 win.

Starting pitcher Amanda Moore earned the win for Florida. Her record improves to 8-1. Jenny Gladding pitched the last inning to earn her first save of the season. North Carolina pitcher Crystal Cox received the loss. Her record is now 5-3.

The Gators take on No. 5 Texas tomorrow at 11 a.m. Central time.

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