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Sunday March 2, 2003Softball Defeats Tarheels 7-1

Austin, TX

The Florida softball team (17-8) won its final game of the Time Warner Texas Invitational today with a 7-1 win over North Carolina (9-9). The Gators finished third in the tournament with a 2-3 record. Their only losses were to two of the top teams in the country.

Florida took a 1-0 lead in the top of the third. Jennifer Mossadeghi led off with a double to center field and reached third on a fielding error by the centerfielder. She scored on the RBI single up the middle by Mylin Prieto.

Lindsey Cameron started the Gators off in the top of the following inning as she was hit by a Crystal Cox pitch with one out. Andrea Magura came in to pinch run for Cameron and stole second. Jenny Gladding drew the two out walk to put runners on first and second. Prieto ripped her second hit of the day, this time a two-RBI triple to the wall on the right field line to give Florida a 3-0 lead.

North Carolina scored their only run in the bottom of the fifth. Dionne Streete led off the inning with a base hit up the middle. She advanced to second on a sacrifice bunt and to third on a passed ball. Streete scored on the throw as the Gators caught Jessica Graziano stealing, making the score 3-1.

The Gators scored again in the sixth. Two consecutive walks and an error by the Tarheel catcher led to Florida runners on first and third with no outs. Gladding grounded out to advance Jennifer Mossadeghi to second. Cameron scored on a Mylin Prieto RBI ground out to the short stop for a 4-1 lead.

The Gators finished off the game in the top of the seventh. Kristen Butler was hit by a Alison Yin pitch. With two outs, Jackie Marchetta was safe on a fielder’s choice and Butler was safe at second on the play. Cameron doubled to centerfield to score Butler. Mossadeghi stepped up with a big two RBI base hit into centerfield for the 7-1 win.

Prieto went 2-for-4 on the day with four RBI. Mossadeghi was 3-of-4 with two RBI. Lindsey Cameron went 1-for-3 on the day with an RBI and two runs scored. The Gators drew nine walks on the day, the second most in school history. Mandy Schuerman drew three of those walks which ties a school record for most individual walks in a game. Six other players have drown three walk in a game 10 times in school history. This is the second time in her career Schuerman has done so.

Jenny Gladding earned the win for Florida. Her record improves to 6-5. She struck out seven and gave up no earned runs in the game. Tarheel starter Crystal Cox picked up the loss. Her record is now 5-4.

Florida begins conference play Tuesday at 5 p.m. against Auburn in Auburn, Ala. The Gators will face the Tigers in a doubleheader on Tuesday and a single game on Wednesday.

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