Florida scored three runs with two outs in the seventh inning to defeat
Virginia Tech 3-2 and go 2-0 in pool play after shutting out Florida
Atlantic Thursday night 5-0 in the first round of pool play at the
Speedline Invitational held by South Florida at Grecco Park.
The Gators (20-7) reached 20 wins the fastest in program history with the
Freshman Jenn Mossadeghi (Jupiter, Fla./The King’s Academy) led off the
seventh inning with a double to left field. But, the Hokies (8-5) looked
to pull off the win, forcing a pop up and a strikeout through the next two
batters. Senior Lora Pinkerton (Phoenix, Ariz./Moon Valley) tripled to
right center sending in Mossadeghi and Breanne Berger (Carmel,
Ind./Carmel), who walked, to tie the game at two apiece. Senior Nicole
Kreipl (Huntington Beach, Calif./Huntington Beach) recorded the game
winning hit, scoring Pinkerton with a single through the left side.
Senior Beth Dieter (Orlando, Fla./Dr. Philips) recorded the win after
shutting down Tech with two strike-outs and forcing a ground out to end
the game. Dieter improved to 8-1 on the year and fanned eight batters. She
gave up both runs, four hits and four walks.
Meanwhile, the Gators handed Tech’s hurler Ashley Dobbe her first two
earned runs of the year through 49.2 innings pitched. Dobbe had a no-
hitter after four and two-thirds innings until senior Jenn Cordero (Ft.
Lauderdale, Fla./St. Thomas Aquinas) broke it up with a base hit.
Earlier in the day, junior Renise Landry (West Monroe, La./West Monroe)
only gave up one hit through five and two-thirds innings against Florida
Atlantic (25-9). Landry (8-4) recorded her third shutout on the year while
striking out six batters. She yielded just three hits, two of which came
after two outs in the bottom of the seventh, and two walks.
Florida scored four runs on three hits in the third inning against the
Owls. Then, junior Emily Marino (Joliet, Ill./Joliet) belted her second
home run in as many games, a solo shot to left center, in the fifth
inning. It was her fourth on the year and put her tied for first on the
team in that category with senior Jenn Lutsi (Naples, Fla./Barron Collier).
Florida continues pool play against Michigan State (13-6) and Chattanooga
(15-10) at 2 p.m. and 4 p.m., respectively Friday at Grecco Park.