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Wednesday April 7, 2004Softball Loses to Seminoles 2-0, Game Two Cancelled

Tallahassee, FL

The Florida softball team (35-9) lost a game 2-0 to in-state rival Florida State (42-4) today in Tallahassee. Florida State scored both its run in the first inning, but pitcher Stacey Stevens and the Gator defense took care of business in the remaining innings. A doubleheader was scheduled for today, but the second game was called due to rain in the bottom of the first inning.

Florida State scored first in the top of the first frame. Veronica Wootston led off the inning with a base hit to left field. She was safe at second and Natasha Jacob was safe at first as a fielder’s choice play just missed at second. Jessica van der Linden hit a base hit up the middle to score Wootson from second. Elisa Vasquez was hit by a pitch to load the bases with no outs in the inning. Beth Wade popped up to Lauren Roussell at short stop for the first out. After a 16 minute rain delay, Florida pitcher Stacey Stevens walked Carly Brieske to bring in the second run of the game. Stevens then struck out the final two batters to end the inning.

Florida tried to put some offense together in the top of the second. Lead off batter Lindsey Cameron was hit by a a Casey Hunter pitch. After a 27 minute rain delay, Kristen Butler had a base hit down the right field line, advancing Cameron to third. Shelley Stevens came in to pinch run for Butler and stole second. It would be to no avail as a double play would put Cameron out at third and a Mandy Schuerman strikeout would end the inning with Stevens on second.

Butler led off the fifth for Florida with a double down the left field line. With two outs, Lacy Howard was hit by a Hunter pitch, but again a strikeout on the third out prevented a Gator run from crossing the plate.

Stevens continued to get stronger in the pitching circle for the Gators as the game went on. She struck out five batters and only gave up two hits after the first inning. The loss moved her record to 11-3 on the season. Hunter earned the win for Florida State to improve her record to 24-1 on the season.

Florida returns to Southeastern Conference play this weekend against South Carolina. Saturday’s doubleheader is scheduled to begin at 3 p.m. it is Jenny Gladding Day and fans will receive a puzzle featuring the Gator senior.

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