Saturday February 12, 2000Softball Takes Two Wins in Tournament
For the second consecutive night, Florida's junior pitcher set a career mark in strikeouts as the Gators won two more Saturday afternoon in the University Centre Hotel Invitational at the Florida Softball Stadium to remain in first place with a 4-0 mark.
Renise Landry (West Monroe, La./West Monroe) fanned 14 batters in eight innings to lead Florida (4-0) over South Florida 2-1. Landry (2-0) held the Bulls scoreless through seven innings and gave up just five hits and three walks on the game. Florida Coach Larry Ray was impressed with her performances this weekend. "I think she did an outstanding job. Last night (vs. Coastal Carolina, career-high nine strikeouts) was encouraging. But, this was an even better sign. I think it was one of the finest performances as we've had here by a pitcher."
Florida defeated Coastal Carolina (0-4) 8-0 in the second game for its second shutout in two days.
South Florida (3-8) went ahead with a run in the top of the eighth. But, UF tied it up on a single by Nicole Kreipl (Huntington Beach, Calif./Huntington Beach), which scored Kim Boyle (Tampa, Fla./Chamberlain/Lake City C.C.), who was on second base as per the tie-breaker rule. Kreipl got the game-winning run on a sacrifice to center field by catcher Emily Marino (Joliet, Ill./Joliet Catholic).
Senior Lora Pinkerton (Phoenix, Ariz./Moon Valley) went 2-for-2 in the game and 4-for-5 on the day with three RBI, a double and a stolen base. The third baseman recorded two of her RBI's on a double in a four-run fourth inning against Coastal Carolina. Florida scored three in the second inning and once in the seventh on a Pinkerton single.
Freshman Nicole Michael (Phoenix, Ariz./Greenway) recorded the shutout in her first appearance as a Gator. She gave up four hits, three walks and struck out six batters through seven innings.
Earlier in the day, South Florida defeated Stetson (2-2) 9-2, and Stetson defeated Coastal Carolina 6-1.
Tournament Standings Through Day Two:
South Florida 2-2
Coastal Carolina 0-4
Coastal Carolina plays Stetson at 10 a.m. and South Florida at noon Sunday. The Gators take on Stetson at 2 p.m. and South Florida at 4 p.m. for the title bid. Admission is free.
Complete box scores and tournament statistics are available onwww.GatorZone.com.