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Sunday February 22, 2004Softball Suffers Second Loss of Season

Houston, TX

The Florida softball team suffered its second loss of the season with a 7-4 loss to Centenary in the final game of the Crowne Plaza Classic in Houston, Texas. The Gators could not get a hit until the bottom of the sixth inning and gave up nine hits in the loss.

Florida scored its first run in the bottom of the second inning Lacy Howard scored from second on an error by the Centenary catcher.

The Ladies came back in the top of the fourth. With two outs and runners on second and third Ursula Maroski hit a RBI single to right field. Centenary went up 2-1 as Dana Davis stole home on a double steal with runners at first and third.

Centenary added five more runs in the top of the fifth. Janis Kelley led off the inning with a walk. Lory Kowaleski hit a bunt single to advance Kelley. Maroski hit a base hit to left field to load the bases. Amanda Knowles came in the game to replace Florida starter Jenny Gladding in the pitching circle. Lauren Brownlee hit an RBI single to right field. Then Traci Smith drew a walk with bases loaded to put the Ladies up 4-1. Jordan Lansdale hit a bases clearing double for Centenary’s final three runs.

Florida added a run in the bottom of the sixth as Lindsey Cameron crushed a ball out of the park for Florida’s first hit of the game.

The Gators staged a two-out rally in the bottom of the seventh on three straight doubles by Mylin Prieto, Gladding and Lindsay Norfleet. The two runs were not enough and Florida ended an 11-game losing streak with a 7-4 loss.

Gladding received the loss for Florida, her second of the season. Cheyenne Daries earned the win for Centenary.

The Gators return to action this weekend at the Cox Communications Classic at the Florida Softball Stadium. The tournament runs Friday through Sunday and features Winthrop, Jacksonville, Western Michigan, Gardner-Webb and Connecticut

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