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Wednesday April 19, 2000Softball Splits With South Florida

Gainesville, FL

Concluding a nine-game home stand, the University of Florida softball team ended up on both ends of a 4-0 final as it won one and lost one by that score in a doubleheader split Wednesday night at the Florida Softball Stadium.

UF (37-20), which has won five of the last six meetings against the Bulls (38-24) ended up as the victor in Game 1. Senior Jenn Lutsi (Naples, Fla./Barron Collier) took the first pitch she saw from Jamie Peterka in the third inning and knocked out her 11th home run of the year for two RBI. The center fielder capped off a four-run inning. Two runs scored earlier as junior Emily Marino (Joliet, Ill./Joliet) reached safely thanks to a high throw, that pulled the first baseman off of the bag, by shortstop Lea Mishlan.

"After (Emily's) hit, I knew (Peterka) would be a little bit rattled," Lutsi said. "So I wanted to take advantage and go after the situation."

But, USF took advantage of Game 2. The Bulls scattered 10 hits—six off of starter Renise Landry (West Monroe, La./West Monroe). UF managed six against ace Jessi Kowal (22-10), but could not convert. The Gators gave up two bases loaded opportunities, grounding into double plays both times.

"They got the breaks when they needed them in the second game," fourth-year Coach Larry Ray said. "And, they made the pitches when they had to. Unfortunately, we didn't. Those are the tough ones because I think we played well enough to win both. Beth (Dieter) did a nice job for us in the first game, too."

Beth Dieter (Orlando, Fla./Dr. Phillips) earned the win, striking out three in the opener. Dieter improved to 17-8. Peterka (10-6) took the loss without an earned run over five innings. Jaime Anderson worked the last inning for USF. In the nightcap, Kowal walked and struck out three. Landry (15-9) had two strikeouts.

UF takes its seventh and final regular-season road trip to Southeastern Conference Eastern Division-leader Kentucky. The Wildcats (26-22, 8-8 SEC) are the hosts for the four game series April 21-22. WRUF-AM 850 will broadcast Saturday's doubleheader live at 1 p.m. Friday's match-up begins at 5 p.m.

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