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Mandy Schuerman led the Gator offense with a 4-for-6 performance in the doubleheader vs. FSU.

Tuesday May 3, 2005Softball Sweeps Instate Rivals 7-4 and 2-0

Gainesville, FL

Mandy Schuerman led the Gator offense with a 4-for-6 performance in the doubleheader vs. FSU.

The No. 23 Florida Softball team (38-19) ended a seven-game losing streak with a sweep of Florida State (32-22) in a Tuesday afternoon doubleheader at the Florida Softball Stadium. The Gators tallied 10 hits in a 7-4 come-from-behind win in game one and used excellent defense and pitching to secure a 2-0 win in game two.

Florida State opened the scoring with four runs in the top of the fourth inning. Veronica Wootson led off the inning with a base hit through the left side. She advanced to second on a Tatiana George sacrifice bunt, stole third and scored on a double to right center by Melissa Wood. Lesley Palmer drew a walk to put runners on first and second for the Seminoles. LaShaun Davis knocked a three-run homer over the right field fence to put Florida State up 4-0.

The Gators scored their first run in 20 innings in the bottom of the fifth and added four more to put them ahead by one. Shelley Stevens drew a walk with one out in the inning. Melissa Zick followed with a base hit up the middle. Kristen Butler walked to load the bases. Stevens scored on a wild pitch from Casey Hunter. Mandy Schuerman hit her second double of the day to score Zick and Butler and close the gap to just a one-run Florida State lead. Lauren Roussell continued the Florida rally with a base hit up the middle, allowing Schuerman to advance to third. Michelle Diaz came in to pinch run for Roussell. The Woods throw was off and allowed Schuerman to score from third, tying the game at four runs a piece. Diaz scored on a Stacie Pestrak double to left to give the Gators the one run lead.

Florida added a two-run cushion in the bottom of the seventh to assure an end to its seven-game losing streak. Lindsey Cameron, in her first game back since the South Carolina series, hit a single to the short stop to extend her hit streak to five games. Zick drew a walk with one out. Kristen Butler was hit by a Hunter pitch to load the bases, for the hot-hitting Schuerman. Schuerman drove a base hit to right field for her third RBI of the game as Cameron scored. Roussell singled up the middle to score Zick to put Florida ahead 7-5.

Stacey Stevens earned the win from the pitching circle for Florida. She pitched a complete game in the win to improve her record to 22-11 on the year. Casey Hunter received the loss for Florida State to move her record to 18-14.

The Gators started in game two where they left off in game one. Schuerman led off the second with a home run to center field to give the Gators a 2-0 lead.

Florida added another run in its half of the third. Shelley Stevens was hit by a Tiffany McDonald pitch to lead off the inning. Zick followed with a base hit to first. Stevens advanced to third on the hit and came home on an error by the Florida State third baseman to put the Gators ahead 2-0.

Schuerman struck out seven batters and only allowed two hits to earn the win for Florida in game two. Her record improves to 11-6 on the year. Stacey Stevens came in to pitch the final 2.1 innings to earn her third save of the season. Tiffany McDonald received the loss for the Seminoles to move her record to 14-7.

Florida's defense was stellar in game two as they did not allow any FSU runners to reach second base.

The Gators tallied 16 hits in the two games. Three Gators tallied three or more hits. Zick led the way with a 3-for-4 performance with a double and three runs scored. She added three walks and a hit by pitch. Schuerman went 4-for-6 with two doubles, a home run, two runs scored and four RBI. Lacy Howard went 3-for-6 in the two games.

Florida finishes regular season play this weekend at Kentucky. The Gators and Wildcats will face off in a doubleheader beginning at 1 p.m. on Saturday. The regular season finale will be Sunday at 1 p.m. The first game of the series will air on WRUF AM850 in Gainesville and www.wruf.com worldwide. The final two games will be on www.gatorzone.com via yahoo.com.

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