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Mylin Prieto was 5-for-8 with three RBI and three runs scored in Florida's doubleheader sweep of UK.

Saturday March 6, 2004Softball Sweeps Wildcats in Doubleheader

Gainesville, FL

Mylin Prieto was 5-for-8 with three RBI and three runs scored in Florida's doubleheader sweep of UK.

The Florida softball team (19-2) won its first two games of Southeastern Conference play with a doubleheader sweep of Kentucky at the Florida Softball Stadium. The Gators registered double digit hits in both games to win 8-1 and 6-0.

Florida scored in each of the first three innings of game one and added two more runs in the sixth frame to capture the 8-1 win. The Gators tallied 13 hits in game one. Mylin Prieto started the Gators off in a big way with a line drive over the fence right inside the left field foul pole.

Kentucky answered back in the top half of the second. Brooke Marnitz led off with a double to right center. She advanced to third on a Amy Kendall sacrifice and scored on a throwing error by Gator catcher Kristen Butler. The Gators were unshaken though, as they came back to score two in the bottom half of the inning. Melissa Zick led off with a double to center field. She scored on a Jenilee Garner base hit. Garner advanced to second on the throw home. She stole third, but was thrown out at home on a Kristen Butler fielder’s choice. Stacy Rosen entered the game to run for Butler. She advanced to second on a Lindsay Norfleet base hit and scored on a Lauren Roussell RBI base hit up the middle.

Florida added three more runs in the bottom of the third. Jenny Gladding led off with a double to left field. Cameron was hit by a pitch and Zick drove a base hit down the left field line to load the bases. Gladding was thrown out at home on a Lacy Howard fielder’s choice, still leaving the bases loaded with only one out. Jenilee Garner reached on a fielder’s choice, but Cameron was able to score on the error by Kentucky’s catcher. The Cats got their second out as they threw Zick out at home on a Butler fielder’s choice. With the bases loaded and two outs, Norfleet hit a two-RBI single through the left side to put the Gators up 6-1.

Florida added its final two runs in the bottom of the sixth Norfleet led off the inning with a double. Pinch hitter Shelley Stevens hit a single to the pitcher and Norfleet advanced to third. Stevens stolen second and Norfleet scored on an error by the Wildcat catcher. Mylin Prieto had the Gators final RBI as she scored Stevens from third with a base hit through the left side.

Amanda Moore started the game for the Gators and pitched 1.1 innings. Stacey Stevens came in in relief with the game tied to earn the win. She pitched 5.2 no-hit innings to earn the win, improving her record to 6-0 on the season. She is the first Gator pitcher since 2000 to start the season with a 6-0 record.

The Gators used 10 hits to earn a 6-0 in game two. Once again the Gators struck first in the first inning. With two outs in the inning, Prieto hit a single through left side. Gladding drove her home with a double to right center.

Florida went up 2-0 in the second inning on a Zick home run, her first of the season.

Roussell led off the third inning with a base hit to the short stop. Nikki Baldwin came in to pinch run for her and scored on a Prieto double up the middle. Prieto scored on a Gladding double deep into left field for the 4-0 lead.

Mandy Schuerman hit the Gators second home run of the game and third of the night in the fourth inning to put Florida up 5-0. Lacy Howard scored Florida’s final run in the sixth inning on a RBI base hit by Roussell.

Jenny Gladding (8-2) picked up the win for the Gators, tossing a complete game, while striking out nine and walking two.

Florida concludes the three-game series with Kentucky on Sunday with the first pitch set for 1 p.m. at Florida Softball Stadium. The game will be broadcast live on Gatorzone.com.

 

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