Wednesday April 27, 2005Softball Swept at Auburn
The No. 16 Florida Softball team (36-16, 15-9 SEC) was swept in its first SEC series of the year, as they were defeated, 6-4 and 6-5, in Wednesday’s doubleheader in Auburn, Ala. The Tigers (45-13, 19-7 SEC) tallied 17 hits on the day to Florida’s 13 and took advantage of Florida errors for the wins.
Auburn struck first in the bottom of the third in game one. With two outs and a runner on second, pitcher Holly Currie sent a shot over the fence just inside the left foul pole to put Auburn up 2-0. Sara Dean continued the two out rally with a triple to right field. She scored on a Paige Jones base hit for a 3-0 Tiger lead.
Florida reduced the Tigers’ lead to just one run in the top of the fourth. Stacie Pestrak led off the inning with a walk from Currie. She advanced to second on a Dean passed ball. Melissa Zick reached on a deep infield hit to the short stop. As Zick was beating out the throw from the Tiger short s, it got away from the first baseman, allowing Pestrak to advance to third. Zick advanced to second on a Kristen Butler sacrifice bunt, but Pestrak was held at third. Pestrak scored on a Currie wild pitch. Zick scored on a Mirelis Torres base hit to make the score 3-2 in favor of Auburn.
Jones led off the Auburn half of the fifth with a base hit down the left field line. Sara Ghezzi followed with a base hit up the middle. Anne Norton got the third consecutive Auburn hit with a double up the middle to score Robin Martin who was pinch running for Jones. Ghezzi scored on a sacrifice fly to left. Lauren Walton, pinch running for Norton, scored on a Melissa Zick error to put Auburn up 6-2.
Florida added two runs on a Savana Kelly home run down the left field line in the bottom of the sixth, but it was not enough, as they could not push any more runs across in the final inning.
Florida starter Mandy Schuerman received the loss for Florida to move her record to 10-5 on the season. Currie got the win for Auburn to improve her record to 19-8. Beth DiPietro earned her third save of the year for Auburn.
Florida opened the scoring in game two with a 3-0 lead in the top of the second. Designated player Mirelis Torres led off the inning with a base hit to left. With one out, Kristen Butler hit a double off the centerfield wall. Lacy Howard took a 2-1 DiPietro offering out in right center field to give Florida the three run lead.
Auburn tied the game in the bottom of the inning. Jones led off with a solo home run to right center. Senior Amanda Knowles came in to replace starter Stacey Stevens in the circle for Florida. Lolani Alvarez hit a single to third with one out. Amy Shaw followed with a base hit to center. A Lauren Walton walk loaded the bases. The fourth ball of the walk was a wild pitch, allowing Alvarez to score. Ashley Griffin tied the game with a RBI base hit to right to score Shaw.
Florida added a run in the top of the fourth as Nikki Baldwin scored on a Savana Kelly RBI single to left to put Florida up 4-3.
Three Auburn runs scored on three Florida errors and a wild pitch in the bottom of the sixth to put Florida behind 6-4.
The Gators added a run in the top of the seventh. Michelle z led off with a double to right. She advanced to third on a wild pitch and scored on a Torres base hit to center, but that would be all the Gators could do, as the game ended in a 6-5 Auburn victory.
Torres finished the day 4-for-5 for Florida with a RBI and a run scored. Butler was 3-for-5 with a run scored. Savana Kelly went 2-for-5 with a run scored and three RBI.
Florida will return to action on Saturday at the Florida Softball Stadium as they take on LSU in the first two games of a three game series. Saturday is Mandy Schuerman Day and the first 250 fans will receive No. 4 T-shirts. It will also be Police and Firefighters Appreciation Day. Fire Chief Bill Northcut will throw out the first pitch.