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Tuesday March 7, 2000Softball Scores 24 Runs in Two Wins Over Siena

Gainesville, FL

The Florida softball team swept Siena 8-0 in six innings and 16-0 through four and a half innings, and 13 of 16 hitters combined for 29 hits on the night, marking the second highest runs and hits totals for a doubleheader, Tuesday night at the Florida Softball Stadium.

The Gators' second game offensive effort fell just short of UF's single-game runs and hits record. Florida (18-7) scored its 16 runs on 16 hits and five errors. The record is 19 runs on 20 hits and two errors against Florida A&M April 5, 1998, when the Gators went on to set the doubleheader record with 26 runs and 30 hits.

Four players registered four hits on the night. Juniors Emily Marino (Joliet, Ill./Joliet) and Ashley Boone (Irvine, Calif./Woodbridge) led the way. Marino finished 4-for-7 (3-for-3 in Game 2) with a double, a home run, three runs and five RBI. Boone went 4-for-5 with two doubles, five runs and four RBI. Senior Jenn Cordero (Ft. Lauderdale, Fla./St. Thomas Aquinas) extended her hitting streak to a career-high four games with a 4-for-5, two RBI effort. Meanwhile, freshman Jenn Mossadeghi (Jupiter, Fla./The King's Academy) was 4-for-6 with two doubles, two runs and two RBI. Boone and Mossadeghi have hit for five straight games.

"I was proud of the way we swung the bats," fourth-year Coach Larry Ray said. "I thought we played good defense. Overall, too, it was a good effort."

Florida scored 10 runs in the third inning of the nightcap, nearly batting through the order twice. Mossadeghi hit both of her doubles and Marino knocked out her third homer of the year for three runs in that frame.

Freshman Nicole Michael (Phoenix, Ariz./Greenway) improved to 4-2 with the win. Michael allowed four hits and struck out six batters in five innings in her third shutout.

Beth Dieter (Orlando, Fla./Dr. Philips) picked up the win in the first game. Dieter (8-4) yielded just three hits and two walks, and fanned eight Saints through six innings. The senior earned her fourth shutout on the season. Boone tallied her two doubles, one in each at-bat, in the early contest.

Florida will play its last regular-season tournament when it participates in the Speedline Tournament at Grecco Park in Tampa, Fla., held by South Florida. The Gators open against Florida Atlantic March 9 at 5 p.m.

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