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Mandy Schuerman went 4-for-6 with three RBI in the Gators wins over Ole Miss.

Saturday March 29, 2003Softball Sweeps Doubleheader with Ole Miss

Gainesville, FL

Mandy Schuerman went 4-for-6 with three RBI in the Gators wins over Ole Miss.

The Florida softball team (26-10, 9-2 SEC) swept a double header with Ole Miss (14-20, 3-8 SEC) to clinch a win in its fourth consecutive Southeastern Conference series of the season. Florida won the first game 6-1 and used two sacrifice flies in the second game to come from behind to win 2-1.

The Gators took game one with no problem, scoring four of their six runs in the bottom of the second. Junior pitcher Jenny Gladding led off the inning with a double that hit the orange stripe at the top of the centerfield fence. Freshman Lindsay Norfleet came in to pinch run for her, but was thrown out at third on a fielder’s choice play which left senior thridbaseman Jennifer Mossadeghi safe at first. Sophpomore right fielder Nikki Baldwin drove a base hit to centerfield. Freshman catcher Kristen Butler was hit by a pitch to load the bases. Senior firstbaseman Prissie Walden struck out for the second out of the inning. Senior shortstop Jackie Marchetta was hit by another Lindsay Price pitch to bring Mossadeghi in from third and keep the bases loaded. Sophomore designated player Mandy Schuerman ripped a shot down the left field line to score the three runners already on base for the 4-0 lead.

Florida added to its lead in the next frame. Gladding drew a one-out walked and stole second. Baldwin drove her home with a double down the left field line.

Ole Miss Scored its only run of the game in the top of the sixth on a throwing error by Florida catcher Butler.

Florida answered in the bottom of the inning to keep its lead at five runs. Baldwin walked and scored on a Walden double.

Gladding pitched six innings, gave up no earned runs and struck out eight Rebel batters for the win. Junior Amanda Moore pitched one inning of relief with a strikeout. Price received the loss for Ole Miss. All six runs she gave up were earned runs. Her record is now 8-9 on the season.

Game two was more exciting, as Ole Miss scored first in the top of the first inning. Left fielder Britte Hardy led off the inning with a base hit through the right side. She advanced to second on a sacrifice bunt by Brooke Turner. She scored on a Desiree Layman base hit deep in the infield to Florida shortstop Marchetta for the 1-0 Rebel lead.

Florida could not get anything going until the bottom of the third. With one out, sophomore catcher Ashlie Goble hit a single to right field and advanced all the way to third on a fielding error. Senior Jennifer Brown came in to pinch run for her and scored on the sacrifice fly to right field by Marchetta for the 1-1 tie.

Both teams battled through the fourth and fifth innings. Both teams put runners on base, but neither could get them home. Ole Miss even had runners on first and third in the top of the sixth, but Gladding came in to relieve starter Schuerman and left them both stranded.

Finally the Gators found their bats in the top of the sixth. With one out and a runners on first, Mylin Prieto hit a single to left field and freshman left fielder Lindsey Cameron advanced to third. Pinch runners came in for both players and the Rebels brought Price in to relieve starter Dana Brill. Price threw four straight balls to Gladding to load the bases with only one out. Mossadeghi had the Gators’ second sacrifice fly of the day to bring Houghton in from third for the game winning run.

Gladding and the defense took care of the first three Ole Miss batters in the top of the seventh to seal the 2-1 victory.

Gladding picked up her second win of the day, improving her record to 12-6 on the season. Brill got the loss for Ole Miss. Her record is now 1-7.

The younger Gators had a lot of success at the plate today. Baldwin went 2-for-2 with two runs scored, a RBI and a walk in game one. Goble went 2-for-2 for the Gators in game two. Schuerman had one of her best days all season, going 4-for-6 with three RBI on the day.

The Gators and Rebels will play the third game of the series tomorrow at 1 p.m. at the Florida Softball Stadium. It is "Gators Love to Read Day" and anyone bringing children’s books to the game will be entered in a contest to win a trip to the Southeastern Conference Softball Tournament in Plant City, Fla. in May.

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