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Friday February 20, 2004Gators Record Fourth Consecutive Shutout

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The Florida Softball team extended their win streak to nine games with shutout victories over Manhattan College and Indiana in the Crowne Plaza Classic hosted by the University of Houston in Houston, Texas. Florida defeated Manhattan College 8-0 in six innings and Indiana 1-0.

Florida scored four runs in the bottom of the second frame in game one against Manhattan College. Sophomore Mirelis Torres got the Gators started with a leadoff hit to center field. She advanced to second on a Nikki Baldwin sacrifice bunt and scored on a throwing error by the Manhattan College second baseman. Seniors Andrea Magura and Stacy Rosen were both hit by pitches. Magura scored on a Lauren Roussell RBI single to right field. Rosen scored on a Kristen Butler base hit up the middle. Roussell scored the final run of the inning as she stole home on an attempted double steal. Butler was caught stealing for the third out of the inning.

The Gators added two more runs in the third inning as senior Andrea Magura scored Nikki Baldwin and Torres on a double to left with two outs.

Lindsay Norfleet got the Gators started in the fifth inning with a double to center field. Magura drew a two out walk. Jenilee Garner was safe at tfirst on a fielding error by the first baseman and Norfleet scored on the play.

The Gators scored their final run of the game in the bottom of the sixth. Butler hit a double to left field with one out in the inning. Butler advanced to third and tehn scored on two consecutive wild pitches to end the game at 8-0.

Amanda Moore received the win for Florida in her first start of the season. Her record improves to 2-0 on the season.

The Gators took on Indiana in their second game of the tournament. After two innings with no hits, the Gators scored their run in the top of the third. Lauren Roussell started with a base hit. Jenny Gladding scored her on a triple to the center field wall.

Amanda Knowles earened the win to improve her record to 2-0 on the season. Stacey Stevens pitched two innings of relief to earn her first save of the season.

Florida returns to action tomorrow to take on No. 12/13 Nebraska at noon and host Houston at 6 p.m.

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