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Friday March 17, 2000Softball Spilts With USC, Senior Throws No-Hitter

COLUMBIA, S.C.

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 
all-around effort.”

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.
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