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Softball on road again

Feb. 16, 2001

Softball team travels to Florida for tournament

By ROB SINCLAIR

Sports writer

The Baylor softball team will put its seven-game winning streak on the line this weekend in the University Centre Invitational in Gainesville, Fla.

Joining the Lady Bears (8-3) will be Belmont University (0-2), the University of Tennessee-Chattanooga (1-3) and the host University of Florida (5-0).

Baylor will play UTC and Belmont today, before battling Florida Saturday. The semifinals will be Saturday afternoon with the championship and consolation games both slated for Sunday.

'Each week the competition gets a little bit better,' Baylor head Coach Glenn Moore said.

Belmont opened the season with a pair of games against No. 23-ranked Mississippi State University. The Bruins were clearly no match for MSU, as they scraped out just three hits in 40 at-bats (.075 batting average) and had one game called after five innings because of the mercy rule.

As for UTC, the Mocs have lost their three games by a total of just six runs. All of their competition thus far came in last weekend's Tomahawk Bash in Tallahassee, Fla. Shortstop Leah Tucker leads the defending Southern Conference champions with a .400 batting average. The team has co-head Coaches in the husband and wife team of Ralph and Karen Weekly.

'We sure feel good about our talent level,' Ralph Weekly said on the UTC athletic Web site.

Florida will provide the stiffest competition for Baylor. The Gators are receiving votes in the National Fastpitch Coaches Association poll, are hitting .292 as a team and have allowed a meager two earned runs in 34 innings for a 0.41 team ERA. Third baseman Jenn Mossadeghi was named Southeastern Conference Player of the Week after hitting .600 with nine RBI in UF's season-opening tournament last weekend.

After this tournament, Baylor will host its home-opener with a double-header against Oklahoma City University Tuesday. Game times are at 5 and 7 p.m. at Getterman Stadium.