Thursday March 18, 2004Softball Defeats Jacksonville 4-2
The Florida softball team (25-3) defeated a scrappy Jacksonville Dolphins team 4-2 in their sixth consecutive road win Thursday night in Jacksonville. The Gators overcame some costly errors late in the game to preserve their win.
Florida took an early lead in the top of the first. Pitcher Jenny Gladding got the Gators going with a two out home run straight over center field. Mylin Prieto reached on a throwing error on a routine ground ball to the Dolphin short stop. Melissa Zick hit her home with a line drive to the left center field fence to put Florida up 2-0.
Florida added another run in the top of the second frame. With one out, Lindsey Cameron hit a base hit through the left side. Mandy Schuerman followed with a walk. After a Jacksonville pitching change, Jenilee Garner hit a blooper base hit into left field. Cameron scored on the play on an error by the Dolphin’s left fielder.
Katie Buell came in the game to pitch for Jacksonville after 1.1 innings. After giving up a hit and a walk to the first two batters she faced, she and the Dolphins retired the next 12 Florida batters before Kristen Butler got the Florida bats going again with a base hit down the left field line in the sixth inning. Shelley Stevens came in to run for Butler. Lindsay Norfleet stepped up to the plate to drive a base hit to the Jacksonville short stop. Stevens was called for Florida second out as she was caught leaving second early. The Gators added a run to their lead as Cameron roped an RBI double to the left field wall to score Norfleet from first.
Jacksonville scored its first run in the bottom of the sixth. Monica McGee led off the inning with a base hit through the right side. She advanced to third as Butler through the ball over Zick’s head at first on an attempted sacrifice bunt by Sonja Cadarette. McGee scored on a base hit to right field by Lauren Redfern to reduce Florida’s lead to just three runs at 4-1.
The Dolphins added a second run in the bottom of the seventh. With two outs and a runner on first, McGee just beat out and infield base hit to the short stop to put runners at first and second. Both runners advanced a wild pitch. Kacey Yourous scored from third on a fielding error by the Gator defense. Gladding struck out the final batter to preserve Florida’s 4-2 win.
Jenny Gladding pitched the complete game win for Florida. She recorded 13 strikeouts in the win for her 10 double digit strikeout game of the season. Gladdings record improves to 12-2 on the season. Starting pitcher Stacy Bell received the loss for the Dolphins.
Florida returns to action in two days as the Gators begin a three-game Southeastern Conference series with the Arkansas Lady Backs at 1 p.m. Saturday. Saturday is Stacy Rosen Day. All fans will receive a puzzle featuring the Gator senior.