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Thursday May 12, 2005Softball Loses Opening Round Game, Plays at 1:30 Friday

Gainesville, FL

The Florida Softball team lost its opening round game of the 2005 Southeastern Conference Tournament Thursday evening, 4-0, to the Tennessee Lady Vols. Florida will now play at 1:30 p.m. on Friday against the loser of the Georgia versus LSU game.

Tennessee opened the scoring in the top of the first inning. Leadoff batter Lindsay Schutzler reached on an infield chopper. She scored as Florida third baseman Stacie Pestrak overthrew first attempting to throw out Sarah Fekete. Fekete scored on a sacrifice fly by Kristi Durant to put the Lady Vols up 2-0. Tennessee loaded the bases as Tonya Callahan was hit by a pitch, Katherine Card walked and Shannon Doepking reached on a fielder’s choice that found the runner safe at third after another Florida error. Stacey Jennings drew a walk to score a third Lady Vols’ run of the game and left the bases still loaded. Florida pitcher Stacey Stevens worked her way out of the jam as she forced Brittany Bessho to fly out to third and struck out Kenora Posey looking to end the inning.

Tennessee added another run in the sixth, as the Lady Vols strung together three hits with two outs in the inning, after being held hitless for four innings. India Chiles scored on a Schutzler base hit to right to give her team a 4-0 lead over the Gators.

The Gators spread three hits throughout the seven innings, but were not able to push a runner beyond second base. Lauren Roussell had the first Gator hit as the game’s lead off batter. Lacy Howard grabbed a base hit for the Gators in the third inning to extend her hit streak to a career-long six games. Kristen Butler extended her hit streak to four games with a base hit in the seventh.

After the defensive miscues in the first inning, the Gators really stepped up their defensive effort. In the second, Lindsey Cameron gunned down two Tennessee runners, one at third and one at the plate. Stevens and the Gator defense did not allow a Tennessee runner beyond second base from the third inning, until the run scored in the sixth.

Monica Abbott won the game from the pitching circle for Tennessee. Her record improves to 40-7 on the year. Stevens received the loss for the Gators to move her record to 24-12. Only one of the four runs Tennessee scored on her was earned.

Florida’s Friday game will be aired live on WRUF AM-850 in Gainesville and www.wruf.com worldwide. Stayed tuned to the online home of the 2 005 SEC Softball Tournament at www.GatorZone.com for the latest updates, scores and notes and quotes from all the games.

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