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Jenny Gladding pitched only the third perfect game in school history Saturday night against Missouri

Saturday February 7, 2004Softball Senior Pitches Perfect Game

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Jenny Gladding pitched only the third perfect game in school history Saturday night against Missouri

The Florida Softball team won two games in the GRU Classic today. In the second game of the day, senior pitcher Jenny Gladding pitched a perfect game. It was only the third perfect game in school history.

In the bottom of the first against Missouri, lead off batter senior Mylin Prieto reached on a dropped third strike. She stole second and third and scored on a sophomore Kristen Butler sacrifice fly. The Gators added a second run in the bottom of the second. Freshman Melissa Zick on an error by Missouri short stop Heather Kunkel. She advanced t o second on a wild pitch and scored on a freshman Michelle Diaz double to put the Gators up 2-0.

Florida scored its final run on a freshman Lacy Howard solo homer straight over center in the bottom of the sixth to put Florida up 3-0.

Gladding struck out 12 on her way to a perfect game. It was the first perfect game of her career and only the third in school history. The previous two were both by Chelsey Sakizzie against Iowa State on March 7, 1998 and against Bethune-Cookman on April 5, 1997.

Florida started strong in the opening frame of game one against conference foe Arkansas. Freshman Lauren Roussell and Butler got the Gators started with back-to-back base hits. Sophomore Lindsey Cameron, who struggled at the plate on Friday, drove both runners home on a three run shot over the right centerfield fence for her first hit of the season.

Freshman Starter Stacey Stevens pitched a perfect game through 4.1 innings. The first Lady Back runner reached on a dropped third strike in the fifth inning. The next batter, Kristen Patton, hit a single up the middle to break up Stevens’ no hitter. Allie Benish, running for Patton, scored Arkansas’ first run on a RBI single by pinch hitter Melissa Johnson.

Senior Amanda Moore came in to relieve Stevens with two outs and two runners on in the bottom of the sixth. Moore gave up a two RBI base hit to tie the game at 2-2.

Senior Jenny Gladding led off the top of the seventh for the Gators and was hit by a Sarah Topham pitch. Stacey Rosen pinch ran for her and scored on a Mandy Schuerman double to right field to give Florida the one run advantage. Arkansas threatened again in the bottom of the seventh, but with two outs and runners on second and third, junior Amanda Knowles replaced Moore and struck out Kallie Foglesong for the final out of the game.

Stevens struck out 13 batters in 5.2 innings of work, including 10 striaght. Moore earned the win for Florida and Knowles was credited with the save. Topham took the loss for Arkansas. She pitched six innings, gave up ten hits and two walks and struck out two Florida batters.

Florida wraps up GRU Classic play tomorrow against Chattanooga at 3 p.m. Prior to Florida’s game Missouri and Arkansas will face off at the Santa Fe Community College Field at 10 a.m. South Florida and Chattanooga will play at the Florida Softball Stadium at 10 a.m. and South Florida and Appalachian State play at noon.

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