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Tuesday March 1, 2005Softball Drops Doubleheader to Michigan

Gainesville, FL

The No. 15 Florida Softball team (13-5) lost both games of a doubleheader to No. 8 Michigan (14-1) Tuesday night at the Florida Softball Stadium. The Gators were held hitless in game one, but came back to put up five hits in the second game.

Michigan went ahead 3-0 in the top of the first inning in game two on a Nicole Motycka three-run homer.

Mandy Schuerman had Floridaís first hit of the day in the bottom of the second inning in game two. Nikki Baldwin came in to pinch run for Schuerman. Lauren Roussell followed with a base hit to right field. With one out, Lindsay Norfleet was safe on a base hit to the Wolverine third baseman to load the bases. Stacie Pestrak was hit by a pitch to bring in Baldwin from third to narrow Michiganís lead to just two runs.

Michigan added another run in the top of the third on three hits and three walks. The Gator defense held strong as the bases were loaded with only one out in the inning, they put one runner out at home and Stacey Stevens struck out the final batter of the inning.

Amanda Knowles earned her first loss of the season for the Gators, moving her record to 3-1 on the year.

Florida was no hit for the first time in exactly two years in game one, as only one Gator was allowed on base in the first game. Pestrak reached on an error in the bottom of the fourth to be the only Gator base runner of the game.

Michigan scored one run on a hit and a walk in the top of the first. The Wolverines added two more runs on three hits and two errors in the third. They put their final run up on a solo home run by Tiffany Haas in the top of the sixth.

The loss was Schuermanís first of the season. Only two of the four runs she gave up were earned. Jennie Ritter struck out seven Gators and was the first pitcher to no-hit the Gators since Cat Osterman did on March 1, 2003 in a 1-0 Texas win.

Florida begins a 12-game road stand this weekend as they travel to Tampa for the USF Louisville Slugger Invitational. The Gators open tournament play Friday night at 7 p.m. against Jacksonville.

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