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Saturday April 29, 2000Softball Sets Home Wins Record, Splits With MSU

Gainesville, FL

The University of Florida softball team set a program record for victories at the Florida Softball Stadium as it claimed an 11-3, five-inning decision over Southeastern Conference Western Division foe 21st-ranked Mississippi State Friday night.

The Gators (39-24, 9-12 SEC) are 24-5 on their home diamond after losing the second half of the twi-night doubleheader 3-1. The Bulldogs are 38-22 overall and 14-12 in league action.

Four of five Gators recording hits in the first game had multiple-hit performances, totaling 11 hits for the team. Senior Jenn Lutsi (Naples, Fla./Barron Collier) and junior Ashley Boone (Irvine, Calif./Woodbridge) were both a perfect 3-for-3 at the plate and both turned in their 12th double this year with four RBI. Lutsi led the squad with three runs.

UF scored four times in each of its first two frames and three times in the fifth, ending the game on the NCAA Eight-run Mercy Rule. Freshman Nicole Michael (Phoenix, Ariz./Greenway) scored the 11th run, the most the Gators have ever recorded against MSU, on a throwing error by catcher Kerri McCallum after stealing third.

Senior Beth Dieter (Orlando, Fla./Dr. Phillips) earned the win. Dieter (18-11) allowed six hits, two earned runs, a walk and struck out one in her 24th complete outing this season. MSU's Kasey Whitehead took the loss after facing just five batters and giving up four runs in the first. She is 2-3.

The Bulldogs scattered nine hits off of the Gator pitching staff to take the nightcap. Junior Renise Landry (West Monroe, La./West Monroe) yielded three runs off of seven hits and had five strikeouts through five and two-thirds innings. Dieter came in relief and gave up two hits in one and a third frames. Junior first baseman Emily Marino (Joliet, Ill./Joliet) accounted for UF's solo run as she smacker her 13th homer of the year in the Gators' fifth inning. Lutsi led UF offensively again, going 2-for-3.

UF plays host to Ole Miss (21-36, 8-16 SEC) Sunday, April 30 at 11 a.m. Admission is free.

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