Senior Beth Dieter (Orlando, Fla./Dr. Phillips) threw a no-hit shutout,
and each batter recorded a hit as the No. 25 University of Florida
softball team took the second half of a doubleheader 7-0 from 17th-ranked
South Carolina after falling 7-1 in its Southeastern Conference opener at
Beckham Field Friday night.
Dieter tossed her first career no-hitter and fifth such performance in UF
history as the Gators (25-11, 1-1 SEC) scored the most runs of any USC
opponent this season. It was the first time USC (21-10, 2-2 SEC) has
been “no hit” since March 7, 1999, vs. Michigan. Dieter (11-2) walked four
and struck out two Gamecocks in her fifth shutout this season, not a
traditional no-hitter as Dieter explains. “I think it’s funny, because I
didn’t realize that it was one. I give this one more to the defense than
anything. Lora (Pinkerton) and (Jenn) Mossadeghi played great. It was an
Third baseman Lora Pinkerton (Phoenix, Ariz./Moon Valley) caught a line
out headed into left field, saving the no-hitter in the bottom of the
sixth inning. Shortstop Jenn Mossadeghi (Jupiter, Fla./The King’s Academy)
had at least one putout or assist in each inning, including two groundouts
to end the game. Mossadeghi collected one of UF’s two doubles. She
finished 1-for-3 with two runs. Junior Emily Marino (Joliet, Ill./Joliet)
recorded the other two-bagger. She went 2-for-4.
UF scored one run in the third, but freshman Bree Berger (Carmel,
Ind./Carmel) highlighted the night offensively with her first career home
run. Starting in just her second game since recovering from a fracture on
her right fourth finger, Berger knocked out a three-run shot just fair of
the left field foul post. Senior Jenn Lutsi (Naples, Fla./Naples) hit a
two-run round-tripper in the fifth. It was the center fielder’s second
this year off of Gamecock hurler Joyce McMillen (9-2).
In the first game, pitcher Renise Landry (West Monroe, La./West Monroe)
gave up four runs (three earned) on two outs in USC’s third inning. UF
called for an intentional walk of USC’s home run leader McMillan, putting
Gamecocks on first and second. A walk loaded the bases, and two
consecutive base hits plated three runs. A single and a UF throwing error
scored the fourth run. The Gamecocks struck again with a two-out rally in
the fifth when pinch hitter Andrianna Baggetta hit a three-run homer.
Andrea Zimbardi (Green, Ohio/Green) sent in Ashley Boone (Irvine,
Calif./Woodbridge) on a double to left center. Boone broke up USC All-
America Megan Matthews’ perfect game through four and two-thirds innings
with a single. The run extended UF’s streak of games without being
shutout. It now stands at 17 games.
Landry threw six innings, giving up seven runs aided by seven hits and
three errors, walked five and fanned three batters. She fell to 10-6 on
the year. Matthews improved to 11-8, allowing just two hits, one run, a
walk and striking out eight in seven frames.
The teams conclude the four-game series with a twinbill Saturday at 1 p.m.