Sunday April 27, 2003Softball Sets School Record in Win
The Florida softball team (36-20, 17-10 SEC) ended a four-game losing streak today as they defested the Mississippi State Bulldogs (33-26, 13-16 SEC) 6-1 at the Florida Softball Stadium. The Gators broke the school record for stolen bases in a game and shortstop Jackie Marchetta set the new individual record for stolen bases in a game.
Florida struck first in the bottom of the second inning. With one out in the inning, freshman Lindsey Cameron got the Gators going with a walk. She advanced to second on a well-laid sacrifice bunt by fellow freshman Kristen Butler. Cameron sped to first on a wild pitch by Bulldog pitcher Melissa Massey. Senior Jackie Marchetta drew the two-put walk to put runners at first and third. She easily took second on a steal to put two runners in scoring position for junior Mylin Prieto. Prieto reached first and Cameron scored as the Mississippi State third baseman and short stop both bobbled the ball in the infield. Marchetta scored on the double steal. It was the second steal of the day for both Marchetta and Prieto.
Florida added another run to its lead in the bottom of the fourth. Sophomore Mandy Schuerman led off the inning with a solid base hit that hugged the left field line. Brittani Houghton came in to pinch run for Schuerman and stole second, then advanced to third on a Cameron sacrifice bunt. Houghton came in for a 3-0 Gator lead on a sacrifice fly to left field by Butler.
Florida used another sacrifice fly and some more stolen bases to further its lead in the fifth. Pinch hitting junior Andrea Magura and junior Jenny Gladding led off the fifth inning with back-to-back singles. Magura advanced to third on Gladding’s base hit. Jenilee Garner came in to pinch run for Gladding and stole second, Florida’s eighth steal of the day, to set a new school record for team stolen bases in a game. Magura scored on senior Jennifer Mossadeghi’s sacrifice fly to centerfield for a 4-0 Florida lead. Garner came in on the throw to second as Nikki Baldwin stole second to give the Gators a 5-0 lift.
Mississippi State scored its run on consecutive hits by Iyhia McMichael and Jennifer Waterman in the top of the sixth.
Marchetta added Florida’s final run and set a new school record for individual stolen bases in a game, as she stole home in the bottom of the sixth.
The Gators had 12 stolen bases in the game. Pitcher Gladding gave up only four hits in the game, after the Gators had given up 46 hits in the last four games.
Florida plays its final home series of the season next weekend. They face LSU in a doubleheader beginning at 12 p.m. on Saturday and a single game at 11 a.m. on Sunday. Sunday is Senior Day and Florida’s four seniors will be recognized for their achievements as Gators.