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Tuesday April 20, 2004Softball Shuts Out Wildcats, 6-0

Gainesville, FL

The No. 17 Florida softball team (39-12, 15-9 SEC) defeated the Bethune-Cookman Wildcats (41-11) 6-0 in the final home game of the season. Florida strung together scores in the first, third and sixth innings to shut-out the Wildcats.

Florida struck early in the bottom of the first as Mylin Prieto doubled to center field to record the first hit in the Gators first at bat of the game. After two back-to-back strikeouts, Zick stepped up to the plate to receive her 13th walk of the season, bringing up Lauren Roussell. Roussell hit a double to left field just out of left fielder Keneshia Reidís reach to bring in Zick and Prieto, putting the Gators up by two.

Florida struck again in the bottom of the third as Zick, Mandy Schuerman and Roussell each scored. The action started as third baseman Kristen Butler singled up the middle. With one ball against her, Zick was able to reach first on a fielderís choice, advancing pinch-runner Lindsay Norfleet to second. Roussell, who already recorded two RBIís for the night, was also able to reach on a fielderís choice, which caught Norfleet out at third. With runners on first and second, Schuerman knocked a double down the left field line, bringing in Zick and advancing Roussell to third. With runners in scoring position, Bethune-Cookman made a pitching change, bringing in Viveca Patterson. After recording the second out, Patterson faced the catcher Michelle Diaz, who singled to right center to bring in Roussell and Schuerman to put the Gators up 5-0.

The Wildcats tried to rally and plate a run as they were able to record two hits during the top of the fourth, but were not able to capitalize as Prieto made the final out of the inning.

In the bottom of the sixth, the Gators added the last run of the game as Mirelis Torres hit her first homerun of the season, also first of her career in the Orange and Blue.

Schuerman was a perfect 3-of-3 at the plate with one run and one RBI. Roussell recorded two RBI off two hits and one of the Gators six runs. Diaz had seven put-outs on defense for the game, while tallying two hits and adding two more RBI on offense.

Stevens recorded the win for the Gators, improving to 13-5 on the season with seven strikeouts in the game. Bethune-Cookmanís Lauren McCoy recorded her 11th loss of the season. Pitcher Amanda Moore relieved Stevens after five innings and struck out two batters. The Wildcats had pitching performances from Viveca Patterson for 3.1 innings and Stephanie Abeling for .1 inning.

Florida heads into the final stretch of SEC play, facing Mississippi State for a three game series April 24-25 in Starkville, Miss.

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