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Kristen Butler went 1-for-1 and was hit by a pitch in Florida's loss to Georgia Sunday.

Sunday April 4, 2004Softball Loses First SEC Series With 8-0 Loss to Dogs

Gainesville, FL

Kristen Butler went 1-for-1 and was hit by a pitch in Florida's loss to Georgia Sunday.

The No. 13 Florida softball team (35-8, 12-6 SEC) lost its first SEC series of the season with a 8-0 loss to No. 5 Georgia (35-7, 12-3 SEC) at the Florida Softball Stadium Sunday afternoon. Florida was out-hit 12-3 in the loss.

Georgia scored first in the top of the second inning. Ashley Godfrey led off with a single up the middle. She advanced to second on a sacrifice bunt and to third on an error. She scored on a sacrifice fly by Shannon McKeon.

The Bulldogs added another run in their hald of the third frame. Katie Lewis led off with a base hit. She advanced to second on a sacrifice bunt and to third on a base hit and scored on a Gator error.

The fifth inning was the Bulldog’s big inning as they scored six runs on seven hits, including two home runs. Kim Wendland led off with a double down the right field line and advanced to third on a Courtney Knight single. Amanda Moore came in to replace Stacey Stevens in the pitching circle for the Gators. Godfrey hit a single to score Wendland. Kasi Carroll was safe on a fielder’s choice as Kristen Butler threw Knight out at third for the first out of the inning. McKeon hit a three run homer to give Georgia the 6-0 lead. Julie Milner doubled down the left field line. Amanda Knowles came into replace Moore as the Gators made their second pitching change of the inning. Megan McAllister grabbed the first Knowles offering for a two run bomb to give Georgia the eight run lead.

Florida had hits in the first, fourth and fifth innings and a base runner in the second, but was not able to string enough offense together to score.

Stacey Stevens received the loss for Florida, only her second of the season. Her record is now 11-2 on the season. Katie Griffith picked up the win for Georgia. She is now 13-2 for the year.

Florida returns to action Wednesday as they travel to Tallahassee to face instate rival Florida State. The doubleheader is scheduled to begin at 4 p.m. Both games will be televised live on the Sunshine Network.

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