Saturday April 22, 2000Softball Loses Two at Kentucky
The University of Florida softball team entered its weekend series at Kentucky with a 12-0 all-time record against the Southeastern Conference Eastern Division-leading Wildcats. But, three home runs later all that changed as the Cats turned in their best offensive performance in league play to defeat the Gators 4-0 and 9-8, and secure a two and a half-game lead over second-place UF.
Junior right fielder Ashley Boone (Irvine, Calif./Woodbridge) hit her second home run in a week for three RBI to put UF back on top in the fourth inning of Game 2. Just a half frame prior, UK had scattered six hits, including its third homer of the day, and capitalized on two errors to score five for a two-run lead. The Gators hung on to an 8-5 advantage entering the bottom of the seventh, a small cushion for the hot Wildcat bats. UK scored once before UF Coach Larry Ray called for an intentional walk with no outs, loading the bases for a force out anywhere on the diamond. Instead, the Wildcats beat a throw to home to come within one, tied it with a walk and came out victorious with another fielder’s choice.
"I give Kentucky credit," Ray said. "They came back and did what they needed to. But, I’m proud of the adjustments we made in the second game." UF out-hit UK 13-12 in Game 2, but was outnumbered 6-4 in that category in Game 1.
Senior third baseman Lora Pinkerton (Phoenix, Ariz./Moon Valley) was a home run shy of hitting for the cycle in the second game. She was 3-for-5 with two runs and an RBI. Three other Gators recorded multiple hits. Freshman Prissie Walden (Jacksonville, Fla./First Coast) went 2-for-3, while classmate Jenn Mossadeghi (Jupiter, Fla./Jupiter) was 2-for-4 along with junior Emily Marino (Joliet, Ill./Joliet). Mossadeghi also had a hit in Game 1. Nicole Kreipl (Huntington Beach, Calif./Huntington Beach) led UF’s offense with a 2-for-3 showing in Game 1.
In the circle, senior Beth Dieter (Orlando, Fla./Dr. Phillips) took both of the losses, despite facing just six batters in the second game. She struck out five in six innings in the opener and earned three of UK’s runs. In her second effort, Dieter (17-10) came in for freshman Nicole Michael (Phoenix, Ariz./Greenway) with a save opportunity in her hands. It fell through after two hits and two walks (one intentional). Starter, junior Renise Landry (West Monroe, La./West Monroe) allowed eight hits, five runs (four earned) and struck out one in two innings. Michael yielded two hits, a run, two walks and fanned one over four frames.
Meanwhile, Wildcat senior Keary Camunus recorded both wins and her seventh shutout of the year. In Game 1, Tiffany Kruse and Angie Dal Pozzo combined to give UK its first multi-home run game this year. Dal Pozzo went yard for two RBI in the fourth for her first career dinger.
The teams meet again Sunday at noon for the second twinbill of the series.