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Saturday February 21, 2004Softball Defeats No. 12/13 Nebraska, 3-1

Houston, TX

Jenny Gladding struck out a career-high 15 batters if softball's 3-1 win over No. 12/13 Nebraska.

The University of Florida softball team (11-1) picked up their second win over a ranked opponent this season and the first win over an opponent ranked No. 11 –15 since 2000 with a 3-1 win over No. 12/13 Nebraska in the Crowne Plaza Classic in Houston, Texas. Florida played their sharpest game of the season as everything clicked from the pitching, to base running, to hitting.

Nebraska struck first in the top of the first. Nicole Trimboli drew the lead off walk and scored on a Sheena Lawrick double.

The Gators came back and pulled ahead in the bottom of the third frame. Florida used smart base running, solid hits and capitalized on Huskers errors to score their runs. Lindsey Cameron led off the inning with a base hit to the short stop. She advanced to second on a wild pitch. Mandy Schuerman reached on a fielding error by the Nebraska third baseman. Lauren Roussell reached on a fielder’s choice, but all runners were safe and Cameron scored from third on a throwing error by the first baseman. Andrea Magura entered the game to run for Schuerman at third and scored on a Mylin Prieto RBI single to left field. Stacy Rosen came into the game to run for Prieto at first and promptly stole second. With runners on second and third and only one out, Kristen Butler reached on a fielder’s choice as Roussell was out at home. Butler continued on to second and looked to be caught up between the bases, but the Huskers neglected Rosen at third and she came home to score Florida’s third run of the inning putting the Gators up 3-1.

The remainder of the game was a pitchers’ dual, as Florida’s Jenny Gladding and Nebraska’s Peaches James retired many of the opposing team’s batters. But the damage had already been done to the Huskers and Gladding was not about to let them get back into the game, striking out 10 batters in the final four innings.

Gladding struck out a career-high 15 batters in the win to move her record to 5-1 on the season. She gave up only two hits and two walks in the game. James took the loss for Nebraska. She struck out 10 Gators batters, walked one and gave up six hits.

"The team played excellent today," said head coach Karen Johns. "Everything was sharp. Now our team has seen how well they are capable of playing. We just need to not let down and keep playing like we did in this game."

The Gators face tournament host Houston tonight at 6 p.m. ET. Florida now has a 3-0 record in the tournament while Houston is 1-1.

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