The Florida softball team won its season opener 10-0 over Appalachian
State, but lost their second game 2-1 to instate rival South Florida
today at the Florida Softball Stadium.
Florida started four freshmen and each made a big contribution to the win
in game one. Catcher Michelle Diaz earned Florida’s first RBI of the
season in the top of the second, scoring fellow freshman Lacy Howard on a
double to left. Howard was 1-for-2 for the game, drawing two walks and
scoring three runs. Shelley Stevens batted in the lead off spot and led
the team, hitting 2-for-3. Melissa Zick added an RBI single and a run
scored in the seventh. The freshmen accounted for six of Florida’s 11
hits and five of the 10 runs.
Florida scored its first run in the top of the second on Diaz’s double.
The Gators added five runs in the second on two run homers by Kristen
Butler and Mandy Schuerman and a triple by Lindsay Norfleet. They added
their final for runs in the top of the seventh. After Zick hit and RBI
single, the Gators capitalized on Mountaineer miscues Jenilee Garner
scored on a wild pitch and Zick scored on an error. Lacy Howard scored on
a Norfleet ground out for the final run of the game.
Amanda Knowles struck out eight batters and only allowed one hit in the
win. She struck out six straight early in the game, including striking
out the side in the second. Amanda Moore came to close the game in the
sixth and added two strikeouts.
Game two was a game of inches. In the bottom of the seventh, Roussell
crushed a line drive to the top of left centerfield. Just as it looked
like the ball was going over, it fell back into the playing field and
into the hands of South Florida’s left fielder. She threw a perfect relay
through the short stop to the catcher to tag Mandy Schuerman, who
represented the came tying run, just as her foot reached the plate.
South Florida’s two runs came off a two run homer by Kattrina Dowd in the
top of the third.
Starting pitcher Jenny Gladding had an impressive first start, striking
out 12 batters and only allowing three hits in the loss. Leigh Ann Ellis
earned the win for South Florida to improve her record to 4-0 on the
The Gators continue GRU Classic play tomorrow. They take on Arkansas at
12:30 p.m. and Missouri at 4 p.m.