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Senior captain Mylin Prieto went 2-for-3 in her final game as a Gator.

Saturday May 22, 2004Softball Ends Season With 8-1 Loss

Tallahassee, FL

Senior captain Mylin Prieto went 2-for-3 in her final game as a Gator.

The Florida Softball team was eliminated from NCAA Region Four play Friday night with a 8-1 loss to instate rival South Florida. A six-run fourth inning for South Florida proved to be the difference for Florida. The Gators were out hit 9-6 in the game, though Florida’s six hits were the most they had in regional action this season.

Mylin Prieto had the first hit of the game with an infield base hit in the bottom of the first. Jenilee Garner added a double through the right side in the third inning. Melissa Zick also had a single to left center in the fourth inning, but the Gators could not put together their hits for runs through the first four innings.

South Florida opened the scoring in the top of the fourth inning. With one out, Holly Groves drove a base hit to right field. Tiffany Stewart drew a two out walk to put runners at first and second. A single up the middle by Krista Holle loaded the bases for a three RBI double up the middle by Sarah Watson to give USF a 3-0 lead. Samantha Rya had an infield hit to continue South Florida’s rally. Watson scored on a Kattrina Dowd base hit to center field and advanced to second on an error. Shelly Riker plated two more Bull runs on a double slapped just over Lindsey Cameron’s head in left field. Amanda Knowles came in to relieve starter Stacey Stevens and took care of the last out as she forced Carmela Liwag to fly out to center field, ending the inning with South Florida leading 6-0.

Florida worked on coming back in the bottom of the fifth. Lead off batter Mandy Schuerman drove a base hit down the left field line. She advanced to second on a wild pitch and to third on a Cameron ground out to first. Schuerman scored the Gators first run on a second Leigh Ann Ellis wild pitch to reduce the Bulls’ lead to 6-1.

The Bulls added to more runs in the top of the seventh to take a 8-1 lead. With a runner at second and two outs, Groves hit a home run over the left centerfield fence for the seven run lead.

Stacey Stevens received the loss for Florida and ends her freshman with a 14-11 record. Knowles pitched 3.2 innings in relief, gave up two runs and struck out three batters.

Florida ends the 2004 season with a 41-20 record, the fewest losses in school history. The Gators say good-bye to seniors Mylin Prieto, Jenilee Garner, Jenny Gladding, Amanda Moore and Andrea Magura. They will return 14 players, including eight starters next season.

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