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Freshman Lauren Roussell had the game-winning double for the Gators in Sunday's win over UTC.

Sunday February 8, 2004Softball Wins Final Game in GRU Classic

Gainesville, FL

Freshman Lauren Roussell had the game-winning double for the Gators in Sunday's win over UTC.

In another impressive performance by the Gators, UF defeated Chattanooga 2-0 in the final game of the GRU Classic at the UF Softball Complex. After going scoreless for five innings, the Gators took advantage of a double to left center by freshman Lauren Roussell in the top of the sixth to bring in the only runs of the game.

Going pitch for pitch, freshman Stacey Stevens was able to outlast the Lady Mocs, recording her first career win as a Gator while striking out nine players and allowing only three hits. Combined with yesterday’s game against Arkansas, Stevens struck out 22 batters over the weekend, and impressive first weekend for the Florida rookie.

The Gators scattered their four hits through the game. Sophomore Kristen Butler had the first Gator hit in the top of the second. Senior Jenny Gladding knocked ball to left center in the fourth. The Gators drew leadoff walks in the fifth and sixth innings, but were only able to capitalize in the sixth. Following freshman Lacy Howard’s walk to start the sixth, senior Mylin Prieto singled down the left field line and advanced to second as the Lady Mocs tried to make a play on Howard advancing to third. Roussell knocked her game-winning double to the left center field fence to score Howard and Prieto.

Florida went 4-1 in the tournament, with their only loss coming from GRU Classic champions South Florida on Friday night. The Gators continue their season on Wednesday night with a single game against UCF beginning at 6 p.m. It is Andrea Magura night at the Florida Softball Stadium. Fans will receive a puzzle board and a puzzle piece featuring senior Andrea Magura.



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