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Florida Softball Falls To USF, 4-1

(Andy Hutchins)
(Andy Hutchins)

The No. 4 Florida softball team dropped its third game of the season in a 4-1 loss to No. 21 South Florida Wednesday night.

The Gators (29-3) received a complete game effort from freshman pitcher Lauren Haeger, her sixth complete game of the season. She wasn't particularly sharp, however, giving up four runs (two earned), eight hits and five walks. Haeger also hit a solo home run in the fourth inning for Florida's only run.

South Florida's ace pitcher, Sara Nevins, also went the full seven-inning distance. Nevins, who owns the nation's best ERA at 0.55, improved to 17-2 on the season, giving up six hits, one run, three walks and striking out three Florida batters.

Florida freshman Bailey Castro went 2-3 from the plate and recorded her first ever multi-hit game for the Gators. Juniors Ensley Gammel, Same Holle and Kelsey Horton each tallied one hit.

Both teams struggled knocking in baserunners. The Gators left eight runners on base, while the Bulls left 12.

The two teams split the season series at one apiece. Florida won the first matchup on Feb. 12, 3-2 in overtime.