Sunday March 9, 2003Softball Finishes Sweep of Wildcats
The Florida softball team (22-9, 5-1 SEC) earned their first sweep of a Southeastern Conference series with a 9-3 win over Kentucky (6-13, 0-3 SEC) Sunday at the UK Softball Complex.
Kentucky scored first in the bottom of the third inning. Megan Glenn drew the lead off walk. Nikki Jones bunted a single halfway to third base. Jessica Nance reached on a fielder’s choice and Jones was out at second to put runners on first and third with two outs. Florida starter Amanda Moore intentionally walked Lyndsey Angus to load the bases for the force at any base. The plan backfired as Rachel Friberg hit a three-run double through the left side for the 3-0 lead, Kentucky’s first of the series.
Florida scored it’s first run in the top of the fourth on a Mylin Prieto lead off home run.
Florida reliever Jenny Gladding and the defense held off Kentucky in the bottom of the fourth. The Gators added to their score in the top of the fifth. Leadoff batter Jackie Marchetta reached base on an error by the Wildcat left fielder. She stole second and advanced to third on the sacrifice bunt by Prissie Walden. Cameron knocked a double to left center field to score Marchetta. Prieto drove in the tying run with a double to left field. Jennifer Mossadeghi put the Gators ahead with a two-run homer over the left field fence for the 5-3 lead.
Cameron hit her fourth home run of the weekend to lead off the top of the seventh and put the Gators up 6-3. Mossadeghi reached on a base hit to the shortstop and advanced to second on the throw into the Gator dugout. Mandy Schuerman hit a double into left field to score Mossadeghi. Jenilee Garner followed with the Gators fifth double of the day down the left field line to score Schuerman. Magura came in to pinch run for Garner and scored as Ashlie Goble reached on an error by the first baseman.
The Gators sat the Wildcats down in order in the bottom of the seventh giving them the 9-3 win and the first SEC series sweep of 2003.
Cameron and Mossadeghi both had another spectacular game for the Gators. Cameron was just a triple shy of hitting for the cycle. She finished the game 3-for-4 with two runs and two RBI. Mossadeghi also went 3-for-4 with the game-winning hit, a home run, two runs scored and two RBI.
Jenny Gladding earned the win for Florida. She is now 9-6 on the season. Amy Kendall earned her third straight loss. She is now 4-7.
Florida does not play again until March 22 when they will travel to Fayetteville, Ark. Florida will face the Lady Backs in a doubleheader on Saturday at 1 p.m. Eastern time and a single game at 1 p.m. on Sunday.