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Saturday April 12, 2003Softball Swept in SEC Doubleheader

Columbia, SC

The Florida Sotfball team (32-15, 13-7 SEC) was swept in its first Southeastern Conference doubleheader this season with 2-1 and 3-1 losses to South Carolina (30-12, 14-7 SEC).

The two team went neck-and-neck, playing excellent defense through the first four innings of game one. Then Florida opened the scoring in the top of the fifth. Senior thirdbaseman Jennifer Mossadeghi led off the inning with a base hit up the middle. Sophomore Brittani Houghton came in to pinch run for her and advanced to second on a sacrifice bunt by senior firstbaseman Prissie Walden. Freshman cathcer Kristen Butler grabbed her first hit in seven games for the RBI single to score Houghton for a 1-0 Gator lead.

South Carolina tied the game at 1-1 in the bottom of the sixth. Leadoff batter Jodi Fittro reached on an error. She scored on a Debralee Troesh triple into centerfield. Florida pitcher Jenyy Gladding intentiionally walked the next two batters to load the bases with no outs. The Gator defense handled the pressure well though, as Gladding struck out the next two batters and the Gators retired the final batter on a ground out to shortstop Jackie Marchetta.

The Gators easily took care of the Gamecock’s first two batters in the bottom of the seventh, but the two and three batters in the lineup, the ones that had done the damage in the previous inning were due up. Fittro hit a single into short left field. Troesh walked to put the winning run at second. Danielle Quiones, 0-1 for the day with two walks, stepped up to the plate and hit the game-ending double for the 2-1 South Carolina victory.

Gladding received the loss for Florida. Her record is now 16-8 on the season. Stacey Johnson earned the win for South Carolina. Her record is now 14-6.

The Gators took an early 1-0 lead in the top of the first inning in game two. Leadoff batter Marchetta started the Gators with a base hit through the left side. She was called out for leaving early. Freshman secondbaseman Lindsay Norfleet drove a double into centerfield. She advanced to third on a passed ball and stole home on a double steal for the one-run Florida lead.

South Carolina tied the game in the bottom of the second. Starting pitcher Amanda Moore gave up three straight hits for leadoff batter Danielle Quiones to score from second. Moore gave up a fourth straight hit to load the bases with no outs in the inning, but the Gator defense got out of the inning without allowing another run.

The Gamecocks took the lead in the bottom of the third. Fittro drew the leadoff walk. Troesh followed with a single through the right side. Meghan Cornett gave South Carolina a 3-1 lift with a two-RBI infield base hit.

South Carolina’s 3-1 win broke a streak of four straight games by the two teams decided by only one run. South Carolina’s two, three and four batters proved to be too much for the Gators. Those three batters recorded nine of the Gamecocks 14 hits and all five runs.

Amanda Moore received the loss for Florida. Her record is now 11-4 on the season. Melanie Henkes earned the win for the Gamecocks. Her record improves to 13-2 on the season.

Florida and South Carolina play the final game of the series tomorrow at 1 p.m. at Beckham Field in Columbia.

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