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Wednesday March 22, 2000Softball Sweeps Bethune-Cookman

Gainesville, FL

Playing at home for the first time in 16 days, the 24th-ranked University of Florida softball team swept Bethune-Cookman in a doubleheader with a pair of shutouts 4-0 and 6-0 Wednesday night at the Florida Softball Stadium.

UF improved to 28-12 on the year, while BCC fell to 20-18. The Gators lead the all-time series 8-0.

Junior Emily Marino (Joliet, Ill./Joliet) set a UF individual single-season record for home runs as she sent one out over the left field wall for two runs in the first inning of Game 1. It was her ninth on the year and third consecutive game hitting a round-tripper. The first baseman finished the game 2-for-3 with a run and three RBI.

The Gators held the Lady Wildcats to two hits. An errorless defense aided senior Beth Dieter (Orlando, Fla./Dr. Philips), the Southeastern Conference Co-Pitcher of the Week, who tossed her third straight shutout. Dieter (13-2) struck out four through five innings. Freshman Nicole Michael (Phoenix, Ariz./Greenway) recorded the save, fanning two in the last two frames.

In the nightcap, UF's offense scored its six runs on as many hits and one BCC error. Senior Lora Pinkerton (Phoenix, Ariz./Moon Valley) led the way, going 2-for-4 with an RBI as the designated player. It was the first time she's been in the lineup at that position since her sophomore year.

Junior Renise Landry (West Monroe, La./West Monroe) came in relief for Michael after two innings. Landry struck out six Wildcats and allowed just one hit and two walks to earn the win. Landry is 11-7 on the year.

The Gators will face No. 9 LSU (22-7, 3-1 SEC) in its first inter-division league match-up of 2000 Friday, March 24 at 6 p.m. UF then travels to Arkansas (18-16, 1-3 SEC) Saturday, March 25. First pitch is set for 6 p.m. The Sunshine Network will air Game 1 of the twinbill March 25 on tape delay at 7:30 p.m. All times are Eastern.

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