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Friday April 14, 2000Softball Loses To Auburn 2-0, Game 2 Canceled

Gainesville, FL

The University of Florida softball team had its 15-game home winning streak snapped as it dropped a 2-0 decision to Southeastern Conference foe Auburn while playing in a soggy rain, which forced the game to be called after five innings and the cancellation of the nightcap Friday night at the Florida Softball Stadium.

Auburn (27-23, 5-14 SEC) held onto its lead after scoring its runs in the first inning on a hit and an error. UF (35-18, 6-7 SEC) got runners on in each inning, but could not convert to come back. The Gators left six runners on base in the shortened game. The weather proved to be a factor, according to fourth-year Coach Larry Ray. "I think the rain definitely had an adverse effect for both teams. But, we all agreed that this contest was too important to not try and do everything we could to play."

The wet conditions especially made it difficult for the pitchers, who struggled through the incomplete sixth frame. Auburn's Jennifer Lofton walked her first two batters and hit the third, positioning UF for a comeback bid before the game was suspended. The Tigers had scored seven runs in their half of the inning, but they did not count as the game was called after an 18-minute delay.

UF's Beth Dieter (Orlando, Fla./Dr. Phillips) received the loss. Dieter (16-7) allowed five hits and two walks, and struck out three over five innings. Jaime Rasmussen (9-4) earned the win. She gave up four hits and a walk, and fanned three in four and two-thirds frames, before giving way to Jennifer Lofton who recorded her sixth save.

The Gators return to action Saturday at 1 p.m. against the 11th-ranked Alabama Crimson Tide (48-7, 16-2 SEC). WRUF-AM 850 will broadcast the doubleheader live. It can also be heard on www.GatorZone.com.

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