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Sunday March 7, 2004Softball Drops 4-0 Loss to UK, but Wins Series

Gainesville, FL

After winning the first two games of a three-game series, Florida’s softball team (19-3) dropped the final contest to Kentucky (12-5-1) by a score of 4-0 Sunday afternoon at Florida Softball Stadium.

Kentucky scored its first two runs in the top of the second inning on costly Gator fielding miscues. Designated player Amy Kendall led off the inning with a base hit. Crystalie Wolfe came in to pinch run for her and advanced to second on an error on the attempted pick off. Brooke Marnitz hit a base hit and advanced to second on the throw and reached third on the errant throw home. She then scored on a Emily Marks sacrifice fly.

The Wildcats added another run in each of the sixth and seventh innings to seal their victory. In the sixth, Kendall scored on a Lori Melchi RBI single to right center. Kentucky ended the scoring in the game when Kendall singled in Amber Janneck to give the Wildcats a 4-0 lead.

Florida had their chances to score, scattering six hits and three walks through seven innings. They left runners at third in each of the first four innings, but could not finish.

Melissa Zick led the Gator effort with a 2-for-3 performance. Kristen Butler was 1-for-1 with a walk.

Stacey Stevens (6-1) took the loss for Florida. She allowed three runs, two earned, on five hits, while striking out three and walking two in five innings of work.

Despite the loss, the Gators still took the series from Kentucky for the seventh time in their last eight tries.

Florida travel to sunny California next week. They will face San Diego State Tuesday night in San Diego, Michigan State and Cal State Fullerton Thursday in Fullerton and Cal State Northridge in a double header in Northridge on Friday..

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