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Saturday March 1, 2003Softball Loses Another Tough Battle to No. 5 Texas

Austin, TX

Florida softball (16-8) lost another tough battle in the bottom of the final inning to No. 5 Texas (19-1) this evening in Austin. Despite not being able to get a hit in the game, the Gators hung tough with great pitching and sharp defense through 6.2 innings.

The Gator were only able to put one runner on base, as sophomore designated player Mandy Schuerman drew a walk in the fifth inning. Texas had a hit a piece in the second, third, fourth and sixth innings, but werenít able to put anything together until the bottom of the seventh.

Wynter Turner led off the seventh reaching on a Gator fielding error. Sarah Stelly came in to pinch run for Turner at first and advanced to second on the sacrifice bunt by Alexis Garcia. She advanced to third on a Sarah Wieszczak ground out to the pitcher. Marlo Hanks hit the walk off RBI single to score Stelly for the 1-0 win.

Texas All-American pitcher sophomore Cat Osterman struck out 18 Florida batters. That is the most strikeouts against the Gators in school history. The previous high was 17 by LSUís Britni Sneed last season. Osterman is now 10-1 on the season. The no hitter was Ostermanís third of the season. Floridaís Jenny Gladding received the loss. She struck out seven, only walked one and gave up no earned runs in 6.2 innings. Her record is now 5-5.

The Gators will face North Carolina in the consolation game at 11 a.m. tomorrow morning.

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