Sunday March 28, 2004Softball Drops Fourth Sunday Game of Season
The Florida softball team left 11 runners on base as they lost game three of the three game series with Ole Miss 1-0 in eight innings. An error cost Florida the game, however leaving that many runners on base is never good news. Florida now has four of their six losses on Sundays.
Florida loaded the bases in both the first and third innings, but was unable to score, leaving seven runners on base through the first three innings. Melissa Zick started a two-out rally for Florida in the top of the first frame. Jenny Gladding reached on a fielder’s choice with Zick safe at second on the play. Lauren Roussell walked to load the bases for Kristen Butler who grounded out back to the pitcher.
It was more of the same in the third inning as Zick reached with one out on a hit through the left side. Gladding once again reached on a fielder’s choice and Lauren Roussell drew a walk to load the bases. Butler was safe on a fielder’s choice as Zick was thrown out at home, keeping the bases still loaded for Lindsaey Cameron. However, Cameron went down swinging to leave three Gators stranded for the second time in three innings.
Ole Miss got a runner to third on one hit and a stolen base in the bottom of the third inning, but the Gator defense went to work, preventing the runner from scoring.
It looked as if Florida was definitely going to put a run through in the top of the fifth as Mylin Prieto led off the inning with a walk. Melissa Zick followed with her third hit of the day, a single through the right side. Both runners advanced to third on a Jenny Gladding sacrifice bunt. Lauren Roussell drew a walk with one out to load the bases, but Mirelis Torres hit into a double play to end the inning with no Gator runs once again.
Florida got one base runner on in each of the following two innings, but could not put a run across the plate. The Gator defense and pitcher Gladding continued to work Ole Miss, sending the game into extra innings for the third time this season.
The Gators were not able to put a run across in their half of the eighth. Ole Miss put lead off batter Brooke Turner on base with a walk in the bottom of the inning. She reached second on a sacrifice bunt. Florida got the second out of the inning as Rebecca McIntire flew out to right field, but an errant Gator throw trying to prevent the runner from advancing to third went into the Ole Miss dugout, allowing the winning run to score.
Jenny Gladding gave up only one hit in 7.2 innings as she received the loss for Florida. Her record is now 16-4 on the season.
Florida returns home for a six-game home stand next week with series against SEC leader Auburn on Tuesday and Wednesday and SEC East leader Georgia on Saturday and Sunday.