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Saturday March 20, 2004No. 17 Softball Sweeps Arkansas in Doubleheader

Gainesville, FL

The No. 17 Florida softball team extended their winning streak to eight games as they swept Arkansas in a Southeastern Conference double header on Saturday at the Florida Softball Stadium. Florida took the first game 3-1 and the second 7-2. Florida is now 27-3 on the season and 4-1 in SEC play.

Leadoff batter Jenilee Garner showed the fans the kind of hitting day the Gators were going to have as she drove a triple to right field in the bottom of the first inning. Lauren Roussell brought her home with a sacrifice fly to center field.

Kristen Butler drew a lead off walk to start the bottom of the second frame for the Gators. Stacy Rosen came in the game to pinch run for her. With one out, Lindsay Norfleet hit a base hit just over the Lady Back second baseman’s head. Lacy Howard drove both runners home with a two-RBI double that bounced off the 220 sign on the centerfield wall to put Florida up 3-0.

Stacey Stevens pitched a perfect game through 5.1 innings, before giving up three hits and walking in Arkansas run in the top of the sixth. But after giving up that run, Stevens buckled down and got herself out of a jam, striking out the next two batters to end the inning.

Stevens struck out 10 in the win to improve her record to 9-1 on the season. Heather Schlichtman took the loss for Arkansas moving her record to below .500 at 7-8 on the season.

Florida scored first in game two, with two runs crossing the plate in the second. Mylin Prieto led off the inning with a base hit. Shelley Stevens came in to pinch run for her and immediately stole second. Melissa Zick hit a double to the centerfield wall, advancing Stevens to third. Kristen Butler reached on a fielder’s choice as the Lady Back short stop was unable to decide where to make the out, loading the bases. Howard had a hard base hit through the left side to score Stevens from third. Lindsey Cameron reached on a fielder’s choice, Baldwin was thrown out at third for the second out, and Zick crossed the plate to give Florida the 2-0 lift.

The Gators added two more runs in the fourth on two hits and three Arkansas errors. With one out, Zick hit a short infield base hit. Andrea Magura came in to pinch run for her. Butler hit a single to the shortstop and an errant throw allowed her to advance to second and Magura to third. Lacy Howard reached on an error by the first baseman, allowing Magura to score. Cameron reached on the third Lady Back error, this time by the catcher and Butler scored to put Florida up 4-0.

The Lady Backs scored their runs in the top of the fifth. Kristen Patton drew the lead off walk. The with one out, Kallie Foglesong hit a home run off the left field foul pole to move the score to 4-2.

Florida added its final three runs in the fifth inning. Lauren Roussell reached base as she was hit by a Sarah Topham pitch to start the inning. Jenny Gladding reached on an error by the Arkansas third baseman. Mandy Schuerman came in to pinch run for Gladding. Mylin Prieto reached on a fielder’s choice while Roussell was thrown out at third. Zick walked to load the bases for Butler. Butler did her job as she hit a two-run single, scoring Schuerman and Prieto. Schlichtman entered the game to replace Topham with Butler at second and Zick at third. After the second out of the inning, Cameron singled up the middle to score Zick for Florida’s final fun.

Jenny Gladding pitched six innings in the win to improve her record to 13-2 on the season. She recorded nine strikeouts. Amanda Moore pitched the final inning in relief and struck out two of the three batters she faced. The two combined for the seventh combined one hitter in school history, the fourth this season and the second this season by the two of them.

The Gators will take on Arkansas again tomorrow in the final game of the series at 1 p.m. Tomorrow is Gators Love to Read Day. The Alachua County Bookmobile will be at the stadium for fans to get library cards and check out books. Fans can also bring new children’s books to donate and register to be entered in a drawing to win a trip for four to Walt Disney World.

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