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Friday March 3, 2000Softball Splits In Day One of NFCA Leadoff Classic

Gainesville, FL

A solo home run decided the Florida softball team’s fate in two errorless 
games on opening day of the National Fastpitch Coaches Association Leadoff 
Classic Friday afternoon at the South Commons Stadium.

Jenn Lutsi (Naples, Fla./Barron Collier) hit her third home run of the 
season to give the Gators (15-4) the 1-0 win against No. 17 Illinois-
Chicago (16-9). It was their second victory over a Top 25 team in 2000. 
But, Utah’s Nicole Wilkinson did the same thing to defeat Florida 1-0 in 
the second game.

Lutsi’s fifth-inning shot over the left field fence broke up the Flames’ 
Samantha Iuli’s bid for a perfect game. Iuli (10-3) struck out five 
batters in six innings. Florida’s Beth Dieter (Orlando, Fla./Dr. Philips) 
improved to 6-1 on the year. She gave up only four hits, a walk and fanned 
six batters through seven innings while recording her third shutout this 
season.

Utah (9-7) also scored in the fifth inning. The home run was one of only 
five hits that pitcher Renise Landry (West Monroe, La./West Monroe) 
allowed. Landry (6-3) walked one batter and recorded 11 strikeouts through 
six innings of work. The Gators recorded four hits from as many players 
off of the Utes’ Kristin Arbogast (8-6).

Florida takes on the nation’s top-ranked team Saturday at 10 a.m. The 
Gators will play Washington (18-1 as of March 2), which was unanimously 
voted the No. 1 team in this week’s NFCA/USA Today Coaches’ Poll. Florida 
is 0-2 against the Huskies and 0-3 against No. 1-ranked teams. 
Championship brackets will be determined at the conclusion of pool play 
Saturday. 

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