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Tuesday March 28, 2000Pitchers Shine In Softball's Sweep of Florida A&M

Gainesville, FL

The University of Florida softball pitching staff shined as it led the No. 24 Gators with a no-hitter in a doubleheader sweep of Florida A&M 2-0 and 4-0 Tuesday night at the Florida Softball Stadium.

Junior Renise Landry (West Monroe, La./West Monroe) and freshman Nicole Michael (Phoenix, Ariz./Greenway) combined to toss the Gators' (30-16, 2-6 SEC) third no-hitter in this season and a perfect game through seven and a third innings in the nightcap.

Landry (12-8) went four complete frames to receive the win, and Michael recorded her second save. The duo sat down the batters in order until FAMU (22-20, 5-1 MEAC) second baseman Meyla Hooker walked in the seventh.

"I lost it a little," Michael said of her final inning. "I got out of my groove, but I found a way to get through it." The UF defense helped Michael get through it the very next batter by turning its 17th double play this year to close the book on FAMU. Michael registered three strike outs.

Landry, who struck out four batters, felt this was a breakout performance after taking the loss in four of her last five outings. "I've been struggling a little bit. I got into a couple of bad habits. (Tonight) I just tried to work it out, and (it) came through."

The Gators recorded eight hits on the night, including senior center fielder Jenn Lutsi's (Naples, Fla./Barron Collier) first inning, two-run bomb into the scoreboard in left center field. It was her eighth on the season. Fourth-year Coach Larry Ray was pleased with his team's performance after going 0-4 March 24-25 on its fifth consecutive road trip. "We were very blessed with a good outing, and it was nice to see. We had our confidence shaken a little this weekend. It was nice to get back on the winning track."

UF also got back on the hitting track. Six players recorded hits on the night. Senior third baseman Lora Pinkerton (Phoenix, Ariz./Moon Valley) went 2-for-3, both singles, with a run in the second game. She led off the game with a base hit and scored on Lutsi's homer. Freshman shortstop Jenn Mossadeghi (Jupiter, Fla./The King's Academy) scored on an Emily Marino (Joliet, Ill./Joliet) triple in the third. Mossadeghi then drove in Kortney Edge (Camarillo, Calif./Adolfo/Fresno State), who reached on a double, with a single in the fifth.

Senior Beth Dieter (Orlando, Fla./Dr. Phillips) pitched a two-hit shutout the first game. It was her ninth scoreless outing this year. Dieter (14-5) fanned seven batters and allowed just three walks.

Pinkerton was hit by a wild pitch in her first at bat and scored on a base hit by Lutsi. Lutsi stole home in the sixth for UF's second run.

Tenyse Tasby took the loss in the first game. Tasby (10-14) walked four and struck out one. In the nightcap, Amber Alford received the loss. Alford (12-7) gave up six hits, five walks and struck out five.

UF will play Florida State April 5 in Tallahassee, Fla. First pitch is set for 5 p.m.

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