Saturday May 3, 2003Softball Splits Twinbill With Tigers
Freshman Lindsey Cameron hit a grand slam in the second game of a double header Sunday against No. 10/11 Louisiana State to help the No. 24 University of Florida softball team earn a split against the Tigers. Florida (37-21, 18-11 SEC) won the second game 8-4 after losing 2-0 to LSU (45-13, 20-8 SEC) in the first contest at Florida Softball Stadium.
"We felt like we finally started swinging bats, and we finally started getting some things happening on the bases," Florida coach Karen Johns said. "Right now, we’ve toned down thinking too far ahead and are just really trying to win this game tomorrow."
Cameron hit her ninth home run of the season and had five RBI in the second game. Florida senior Jennifer Mossadeghi went 2-for-3 with a stolen base.
Junior Florida pitcher Amanda Moore (13-5), who replaced sophomore Mandy Schuerman with one out in the first inning, pitched 6.2 innings and struck out three in the win.
"I was fortunate enough to get some ground balls, and I really give my defense credit today," Moore said. "They played excellent ball behind me."
Trailing 2-0 in the first inning following a home run by the Tigers’ Christy Connor, Cameron hit the grand slam to put the Gators up 4-2.
Walks by senior Jackie Marchetta, Mossadeghi and Schuerman loaded the bases and put Cameron in position to hit the grand slam. Cameron drilled the two-out delivery from Tessa Lynam (15-3) over the right-field fence to give Florida a 4-2 lead.
The grand slam was the Gators’ second this season. Both of the Florida’s grand slams have been hit by freshmen, with Kristen Butler’s occurring Feb. 15 against Birmingham-Southern.
Cameron found herself up to bat with the bases loaded again in the third inning after one-out singles by junior Jenny Gladding, Mossadeghi and Schuerman. Cameron hit a sacrifice fly to deep left field that scored senior pinch runner Jennifer Brown from third to give Florida 5-2 advantage.
Florida added three runs in the fourth inning to take an 8-2 lead.
After sophomore pinch runner Brittani Houghton stole second and third base with no outs in the fourth, junior Jenilee Garner hit a RBI single to right field that put Florida up 6-2. Garner scored in the next at-bat on a single to left field by junior Mylin Prieto, who scored from third on a wild pitch to give Florida the 8-2 lead.
LSU came within four runs, 8-4, of Florida on Julie Wiese’s two-RBI double to right field with two outs in the fifth inning.
Florida junior Stacy Rosen got her first hit of the season with a fifth-inning single.
Gladding’s single in the third inning extended her hitting streak to 10 games, which is the longest this season for a Gator.
Tigers pitcher Kristin Schmidt (30-10) struck out 11 and allowed five hits in a complete-game, 2-0 win in the first game of the double header.
Junior Florida pitcher Jenny Gladding (19-12) struck out seven in the loss to extend her team-high strikeout total to 246.
Gladding struck out three Tigers in the first inning on her way to holding LSU scoreless until the fourth inning.
With the Tigers’ Tessa Lynam on first base and one out in the fourth, Alicia Owen hit a RBI double to the left-center field gap that put the Tigers up 1-0. Owen advanced to third on the throw.
Florida senior third baseman Jennifer Mossadeghi prevented Owen from scoring one out later by fielding a hard-hit grounder from Blair Smith to convert the final out.
The Gators ran into trouble again in the sixth inning with one out and Tigers on first and second base. Jennie Reeves hit a ground ball to Mossadeghi, who was unable to tag Julie Wiese on her way to third base, to load the bases. Blair Smith’s RBI single up the middle in the following at-bat gave LSU a 2-0 lead.
Junior Florida pitcher Amanda Moore was brought in to replace Gladding following the run. Moore retired the next two batters to end the inning.
Florida brought the go-ahead run to the plate in the seventh inning after consecutive, one-out singles by junior Andrea Magura and freshman Lindsey Cameron. Schmidt retired the last two Gators on a flyout and strikeout, however, to end the game.
The Gators’ best scoring chance in the first game came in their first opportunity at the plate. After two quick outs to start the first inning, a walk by Gladding and back-to-back singles by Mossadeghi and Schuerman loaded the bases. But Schmidt struck out sophomore Nikki Baldwin swinging to end the threat.
Florida returns to action Sunday to conclude its three-game series with LSU at Florida Softball Stadium. The game, which is the Gators’ last home game of the 2003 regular season, begins at 11 a.m. and will be televised live on Sunshine TV. Florida seniors Jennifer Brown, Jackie Marchetta, Jennifer Mossadeghi and Prissie Walden will be honored prior to the game in a Senior Day ceremony.