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Sunday March 6, 2005Softball Wins Final Two Games at USF Invite

Tampa, FL

The No. 15/16 Florida Softball team improved its record to 17-6, winning its last two games of the USF Louisville Slugger Invitational in Tampa on Sunday afternoon. Florida defeated Pittsburgh 6-2 in the early game and shut out Temple 6-0 in the second game of the day.

Florida scored first in the top of the second frame of game two. Melissa Zick led off the inning with a double to right field. She advanced on a Savana Kelly ground out and scored on a throwing error by the Panther first baseman.

Shelley Stevens led off the Florida half of the third with a base hit through the right side. Lindsay Norfleet reached on an error and Lauren Roussell dropped a base hit in right field to load the bases. Lindsey Cameron brought Stevens and Norfleet home with a base hit down the left field line to put the Gators ahead 3-0. Kristen Butler doubled to right field to plate Roussell. Kelly reached on a fielderís choice, moving Butler to third, but Cameron was thrown out at home. Kelly stole second and an overthrow by the Pittsburgh catcher to put Florida up 5-0.

Butler added another Gator run in the fifth inning on a solo homer to left center.

Pittsburgh scored two runs on a Jessica Dignon double with two outs in the bottom of the seventh for their only runs of the game.

Amanda Knowles earned the win in her first complete game of the season. Her record improves to 4-1 on the season. She struck out six in the game.

Floridaís scoring was more consistent in the win over Temple. The Gators scored one run in each of the first three innings, added another in the fifth and two in the seventh.

In the first, Cameron scored on a Melissa Zick double to left center.

Kelly led off the second with a walk. She advanced to second on a Diaz ground out to third and to third on a Nikki Baldwin sacrifice bunt. She put the Gators ahead 2-0 as she scored on an error by the Owls shortstop.

Roussell drew a lead off walk to start the third. She scored on a Kristen Butler two-out double to give Florida the three-run lead.

In the fifth, Roussell earned her third free base of the game. Stacie Pestrak came in to pinch run for her and stole second. Pestrak gave Florida a four-run cushion as she crossed the plate on a Melissa Zick single down the left field line.

Cameron hit her sixth home run of the season with Norfleet on base in the top of the seventh to put Florida ahead 6-0 going into the last half inning.

Amanda Knowles started the game for the Gators she gave up only one hit and struck out seven batters before being relieved by Stacey Stevens. Stevens received the win, her third of the weekend, improving her record to 8-4 on the season.

Florida returns to action next weekend in the Long Beach Invitational in Long Beach, Calif. The Gators will face Loyola-Marymount, Indiana, San Diego State and host school Long Beach State on Friday and Saturday.



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