Sunday March 30, 2003Softball Finishes Series Sweep With 3-2 Win
The No. 25 University of Florida softball team concluded a sweep against Ole Miss in its first home Southeastern Conference series of the season Sunday with a 3-2 win at Florida Softball Stadium. The Gators (27-10, 10-2 SEC), playing at home for the first time in more than a month, outscored the Rebels 11-4 in their three wins this weekend.
Senior Jennifer Mossadeghi hit her sixth home run of the season for Florida. Gators junior Mylin Prieto hit a RBI triple and went 2-for-3.
Junior Florida pitcher Jenny Gladding (13-6) struck out seven to win her third game this weekend. Gladding, who started Saturday’s first game and pitched 1.1 innings of relief in the second game against Ole Miss, entered the game with two outs in the third inning and allowed only one hit.
Gladding’s play allowed Florida to rally from a 2-1, third-inning deficit against the Rebels (14-21, 3-9 SEC).
Gladding replaced junior Amanda Moore in the third with Florida down 2-1 and runners on first and second. The hurler struck out Andrea Brahs swinging to get the Gators out of the jam before striking out all three Ole Miss batters the following inning.
Ole Miss had a 1-0 lead heading into the bottom of the second, but Mossadeghi made sure it didn’t last. After Florida started the inning with two quick outs, Mossadeghi drilled the Leslie Day (5-5) delivery to straight-away center field to tie the score at 1.
Moore came in to relieve starting sophomore pitcher Mandy Schuerman, who pitched 5.2 innings in game two Saturday, in the third inning. Kay Layman’s two-out, RBI single up the middle off Moore scored Brooke Turner from second base put Ole Miss up 2-1.
As was the case with the Rebels’ first score, it didn’t take long for the Gators to respond. Florida scored two runs in the fourth inning to take a 3-2 lead.
Prieto showed her strength and speed with one out in the fourth by stretching a blast off the right-field wall into a triple to score pinch-running senior Jennifer Brown, who had stolen second base.
Gladding’s groundout to shortstop in the following at-bat scored pinch-running sophomore Brittani Houghton for the 3-2 advantage.
The sweep was the second time this season Florida swept an SEC series. The Gators swept Kentucky in a three-game series March 8 and 9.
The Gators return to action Wednesday when they visit South Florida in Tampa for a doubleheader. First pitch is scheduled for 4 p.m.