SOFTBALL: Gators lose in shutout vs. Wildcats, 5-0

DAYTONA BEACH --- The University of Florida Softball team (13-3) was shut out for the first time this season as it lost, 5-0, to Bethune-Cookman Tuesday night. The Wildcats capitalized on seven hits and two Gator errors for the win.

Bethune-Cookman scored right away in the bottom of the first inning. Leadoff batter Capree Williams led off reaching on an error. After one out, she scored on the third of three consecutive Wildcat base hits. A fourth base hit scored two more runners, giving Bethune-Cookman the 3-0 lead. Florida starter Stacey Stevens left the game and reliever Amanda Knowles came in. After another base hit, the Gator defense completed a double play to end the inning.

The Wildcats added their final two runs in the third inning. With one out, Tiffany Bowser was hit by a pitch. She advanced to second on an Andrea Thomas base hit and advanced to third and scored on a Gator error. The final run scored on a Sarde Stewart base hit up the middle.

Florida had a chance in the fourth inning as they loaded the bases with only one out, but it was not to be, as the Wildcat defense made some great plays.

Melissa Zick doubled to lead off the seventh and advanced to third, but could not get around.

Stevens received the loss for Florida, moving her record to 5-3, she pitched one-third of an inning. Knowles pitched two innings for the Gators and struck out two batters. Schuerman pitched the remaining 3.2 innings, struck out three batters and did not allow any Wildcat runs.

Florida has a week off before the Michigan Wolverines visit the Florida Softball Stadium. The teams will play a doubleheader beginning at 4 p.m.

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