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Saturday April 30, 2005Florida Softball Troubled by Tigers

Gainesville, FL

The No. 16 Florida Softball team lost two games, 4-3 and 3-0, to LSU Saturday afternoon at the Florida Softball Stadium. Errors proved costly for the Gators in both games as they tallied seven miscues on the day. Florida is now on a six-game losing streak.

LSU opened the scoring in the top of the third inning. Andrea Smith led off with a base hit down the left field line. Dee Dee Henderson entered the game to pinch run for her. Kristen Hobbs reached on a fielder's choice that was an intended sacrifice bunt that found all runners safe. Both runners advanced on a Kristen Butler passed ball to put two runners in scoring position for Camille Harris. Harris drive a base hit through the left side to score Henderson from third. An errant throw by Shelley Stevens from left field allowed Hobbs to score the second run. Harris advanced to third on a Lauren Castle sacrifice and scored on a base hit by Stephanie Hill to put the Tigers up 3-0.

Florida came within one run in the bottom of the fourth. Lauren Roussell was hit by a Emily Turner pitch to lead off the inning. Nikki Baldwin came in to pinch run for Roussell and advanced to second on a Savana Kelly sacrifice bunt. Michelle Diaz knocked out a base hit to advance Baldwin to third. Diaz moved to second on a Lacy Howard ground out to put two runners in scoring position for the home team. Stacie Pestrak knocked a double into left field to score her two teammates and put her team within one of the Tigers.

Melissa Zick took a 1-0 Turner offering over the centerfield wall to lead off the Gator half of the fifth and tie the game. The Gators loaded the bases in the inning, but were unable to push the go ahead run across.

It was LSU who would get the go ahead run in the top of the following inning. Leslie Klein led off with a double to left center and advanced to third on an error. She scored on a Quinlan Duhon sacrifice fly to put LSU up 4-3.

Florida got two runners on in the bottom of the sixth and one in the seventh, but could not muster another run.

Stacey Stevens picked up the loss for Florida to move her record to 21-11 on the year. Jolly earned the win for LSU as she came in to relieve Turner with the game tied. She is now 7-4 on the year.

Florida tallied only four hits in game two and was not able to push a runner beyond second base after the first inning.

LSU scored two runs in the top of the third. With two outs and runners on first and second Vanessa Soto hit a single up the middle to score Castle. Klein grabbed a base hit to score Hill to give the Tigers a 2-0 lift. Soto attempted to score on the play but was thrown out at home for the third out of the inning.

One Tiger hit and two Gator errors allowed the final run to score in the top of the sixth, resulting in a 3-0 Gator defeat.

Mandy Schuerman took the loss in game two to move her record to 10-6 on the year. Turner also started the second game for LSU and pitched a complete game in the win to improve her record to 15-2.

Tomorrow is Senior Day at the Florida Softball Stadium as the Gators face LSU in the final game of the series. Nikki Baldwin, Ashlie Goble, Amanda Knowles and Mandy Schuerman will be honored in a pre-game ceremony for their accomplishments over the last four years. First pitch is scheduled for noon.

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