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Sunday February 20, 2000Softball Junior Has No-hitter in Doubleheader Win

Gainesville, FL

Behind a no-hit pitching performance, the Florida softball team continued to make program and individual history as the Gators turned in two shutouts over Samford to win the GRU Softball Classic title Sunday afternoon at the Florida Softball Stadium.

Renise Landry (West Monroe, La./West Monroe) threw UF's fourth-ever no-hitter in the eight-inning, second-game 3-0 win. It was the first since All-America Chelsey Sakizzie's against Ole Miss March 10, 1998. The junior also set a school record for strikeouts in an extra-inning game with 17, breaking her own personal best of 15 which she made Saturday night. Landry is undefeated through six games, also a school record.

"It was outstanding," Coach Larry Ray said of his pitcher's night. "It was perfect timing since our hitters were struggling. I was thrilled for her."

Samford's (3-8) Michelle Ashley held Florida scoreless through seven innings, before giving up three unearned runs in the eighth. Landry didn't allow the Cowgirls' a chance to come back as she struck out the side for the second time in the game to clinch it.

The Gators, who have the best mark in history after 12 games at 11-1, won the first game 4-0 and finished 5-1 in the tournament. McNeese State (3-3) finished second, and Northwestern (2-4) won the tie-breaker over Samford in runs scored (23-14).

Senior Beth Dieter (Orlando, Fla./Dr. Phillips) threw a one-hitter through five innings with five strikeouts for the win in the first game. Dieter is 3-1. Freshman Nicole Michael (Phoenix, Ariz./Greenway) kept the shutout going, giving up only two walks.

Emily Marino (Joliet Ill./Joliet Catholic) led Florida, which had seven players record hits on the day, offensively with a 4-for-6 combined performance. Marino was perfect in two appearances with a double in Game 1 and stole home for a run in the second inning. The junior went 2-for-4 in Game 2, and recorded an RBI and stolen base in each game.

Florida gave away $500 for the no-hit performance as part of its season-long promotions schedule.

The Gators are back in action at the Troy Cox Classic in Las Cruces, N.M. Florida opens tournament play Friday, Feb. 25 at 6 p.m. against Oregon.

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