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Friday March 25, 2005Florida Sweeps Ole Miss in Doubleheader

Gainesville, FL

The No. 14/15 Florida Softball team improved its record to 26-6 on the season and 5-0 in Southeastern Conference play with a doubleheader sweep of Ole Miss at the Florida Softball Stadium Friday evening. The Gators won the first game 5-1 and took the second 12-0 in five innings. Florida has outscored its opponents 41-3 in the last 10 games. Seven of those games have been shutouts.

Lindsey Cameron continued her hot hitting streak for the Gators with a 5-for-7 performance on the night with three runs scored and seven RBI. Prior to her third at bat of the second game, Cameron had hit in 11 straight at bats. Stacie Pestrak also had a big offensive day, going 4-for-5 with two runs scored and three stolen bases.

Florida took advantage of Rebel error to open the scoring in the bottom of the first. With one out in the inning, Shelley Stevens reached on a error by short stop Chloe Kloezeman. Lindsey Cameron singled up the middle and advanced to second as Stevens made her way to third. Consecutive walks by Ole Miss pitcher Mary Jane Callahan to Melissa Zick and Kristen Butler scored Stevens to put Florida up 1-0.

The Gators added two runs in the bottom of the second. Stacie Pestrak led off the inning with a single to shallow right center field. She stole second and advanced to third on a throwing error by catcher DeDe Justice. With one out, Lauren Roussell reached on a fielder’s choice as Pestrak was safe at home on an error by the Rebel short stop. Roussell advanced to third on a Stevens ground out. Roussell scored on a Cameron base hit down the left field line to put Florida up by three runs.

Florida added its final two runs in the fourth. With one out, Roussell singled through the right side and advanced to second on a Stevens sacrifice bunt. Cameron knocked a shot over dead center two put Florida up 5-0.

Ole Miss scored its only run in the top of the sixth. Brooke Turner reached base on balls to lead off the inning. She advanced to second on a wild pitch and to third on a sacrifice bunt by Mary Jane Callahan sacrifice bunt. Turner scored on a second Stacey Stevens wild pitch. It was the first earned run she had given up in 39.1 innings pitched.

Stacey Stevens earned the win to improve her record to 13-4 on the year. Callahan received the loss for Ole Miss, moving her record to 9-6.

Florida started game two with four runs in the first inning. Roussell drew a lead off walk. Shelley Stevens drove a base hit down the right field line, advancing Roussell all the way to third. Cameron singled down the left field line to score Roussell. Melissa Zick walked to load the . Kristen Butler reached on a fielder’s choice as Stevens was thrown out at home, but the catcher over threw second trying to get Cameron and allowed Cameron and Zick to score and Butler to advance all the way to third. Butler scored on a Dana Brill wild pitch to give Florida the 4-0 lift.

The Gators added seven runs on nine hits and an Ole Miss error in the second. Nikki Baldwin led off the inning with a base hit up the middle. Pestrak followed with another base hit and heads up base running by Baldwin allowed her to advance to third. Pestrak stole second and advanced to third while Baldwin scored on an error by the Ole Miss short stop. Pestrak stole third and scored on a Roussell RBI base hit up the middle. Erica Chesak came in to pinch run for Roussell and stole second. Shelley Stevens singled down the right field line. Lindsey Cameron put Florida up 9-0 with a three-run home run just inside the left foul pole. Melissa Zick singled up the middle to continue Florida’s streak. Butler flew out to right field for the firs tout of the inning. Savana Kelly and Mary Ratliff hit back-to-back base hits to load the bases. Baldwin grabbed her second hit of the inning to knock in Zick and Kelly for the 11-run Florida lead.

Florida added its final run in the fourth as Diaz scored on a Lacy Howard fielder’s choice play with the bases loaded.

Mandy Schuerman pitched three innings in the win to improve her record to 8-1 on the year. Freshman Lisa Hasson made her first appearance in the circle of the season, pitching the final two innings and allowing only two hits. Dana Brill received the loss for the Rebels to even her record at 6-6.

Florida and Ole Miss face off again tomorrow in a single game beginning at noon. The game will air live on WRUF AM850 in Gainesville, as well as www.wruf.com.

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