No. 13 Florida Completes Sweep of Auburn Softball Team



No. 13 Florida Completes Sweep of Auburn Softball Team

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March 31, 2004

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 Kristen Keyes

GAINESVILLE, Fla. - The 17th-ranked Florida softball team scored 11 runs on 11 hits en route to an 11-3 victory over No. 22 Auburn on Sunday to complete a series sweep of the Tigers.

Auburn fell to 26-7 on the year and 8-4 in the Southeastern Conference. The Gators, which won their fifth consecutive conference series, improve do 33-6 and 11-4 in the league.

Nine Florida players had at least one hit, led by Kristen Butler and Mandy Schuerman who each had two. Butler finished with three RBIs and had a double.

Auburn managed eight hits, but could not get timely ones as they left six runners on base, had one thrown out at home and two others picked off on line drive outs.

Kristen Keyes took the loss after entering in relief. She allowed five runs on five hits while striking out four and walking two in two innings. Starter Holly Currie worked one inning and had a similar ling * four hits, five runs, four strikeouts and two walks.

Amanda Moore earned the win to move to 4-0 on the year. She went 1 2/3 and gave up three hits and no runs. Amanda Knowles worked 1 1/3 innings, including a bases loaded jam, to earn the save.

The Tigers struck first in the opening frame by capitalizing on a pair of Gator mistakes. After an Ashley Griffin single, Sara Dean smacked a grounder to third where Kristen Butler threw the ball into right field attempting to get Griffin at second. Dean made it around to third while Griffin scored. Dean came home two pitches later on a wild pitch for a 2-0 Tiger lead.

Florida answered with a three-run second. The Gators got three hits and a fielder's choice in which no runner was forced out in the rally. Mylin Preito provided the big blow with a two-out, two-run double for a 3-2 lead.

In the third, Florida put runners on second and third with one out, but Keyes struck out Michelle Diaz looking before the shortstop, Griffin, made a tremendous catch on a Butler liner.

Auburn rallied to tie the score in the top of the fourth when Paige Jones doubled home Robin Martin * the pinch runner for Currie, who had led off with a single.

Lacy Howard reclaimed the lead for the Gators with a solo shot to centerfield to lead off the bottom of the fourth inning.

Following the home run, Keyes hit two straight batters and Lauren Roussell drove in one run with a single to center. Lindsey Cameron then knocked a two-run double deep to centerfield to plate two more runners and extend Florida's lead to 7-3 and knocking Keyes from the game.

Diaz immediately followed with a run scoring double for the Gators fifth run of the inning.

In the top half of the fifth, fireworks flew between both coaching staffs and the umpires while Auburn tried to rally. Florida coach Karen Johns complained of a warning call from an umpire and Tiger assistant Mike Perniciaro was ejected for questioning the same umpire.

Meanwhile, Auburn left the bases loaded when Jones struck out looking to end the inning.

Auburn returns to action on Friday when it hosts Mississippi State at 6 p.m. at Jane B. Moore Field.