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Friday February 18, 2000Softball Splits With Northwestern

Gainesville, FL

The Florida softball team came back from a three-run deficit to defeat Northwestern 5-4 in nine innings after suffering a two-run shutout loss in the first half of a doubleheader in the GRU Softball Classic at the Florida Softball Stadium Friday night.

Sophomore Andrea Zimbardi (Green, Ohio/Green) scored the winning run when the Wildcats' catcher Brin Jancic overthrew to third base in a rundown. It was Florida's third win in as many overtime chances this season.

The Wildcats scored a combined five runs off of four Florida errors in the first innings. They took a 3-0 lead in the second game, which the Gators tied in the third inning when freshman Jenn Mossadeghi (Jupiter, Fla./The King's Academy) stole home. Coach Larry Ray charged the early leads to the young season. "In the first innings, we just kind of wandered around a little bit. But, I attribute that to being early in the year. You kind of expect that now."

Florida (7-1) went ahead in the fourth inning on a Nicole Kreipl (Huntington Beach, Calif./Huntington Beach) double. But, Northwestern (4-4) got one right back, forcing extra innings after three more scoreless frames. Kreipl and Zimbardi were Florida's only multi-hit players on the day. Kreipl finished 2-for-4 with a run in Game 2, and Zimbardi went 2-for-3 in the first game.

"Both teams played well," Ray said. "I think it was a combination of things (that we didn't win easily)…but credit Northwestern. It's a better quality team than what we've faced so far this year."

Junior Renise Landry (West Monroe, La./West Monroe) got her second extra-inning win on the year. Landry (4-0) gave up four hits, only one earned run, walked six and struck out three in a career-high nine innings pitched. Lauren Schwendimann (0-3) received the loss.

UF's Beth Dieter (Orlando, Fla./Dr. Philips) took her first loss on the year in the first game. Dieter (2-1) yielded six hits, only one earned run, two walks and fanned two batters through seven innings. The Wildcats' Brie Brown earned the shutout win. Brown went six innings with five hits, two walks and a strikeout. Schwendimann closed the book with a save and a strikeout.

In the opening twinbill, Samford (2-3) defeated McNeese State 7-1. But, McNeese State (1-6) came back to win the second game 7-2.

Florida plays McNeese State at 3 p.m. Saturday. Samford and Northwestern face off at 10 a.m. Both times indicate doubleheaders. Admission is free.

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