Sunday April 30, 2000Softball Wins Two vs. Ole Miss, Takes 1st in East
Two of Florida's seniors drove in the winning run in each of the Gator softball team's wins over Ole Miss Sunday afternoon, earning 3-2 and 1-0 (10 innings) victories, and a half-game lead atop the Southeastern Conference Eastern Division at the Florida Softball Stadium.
The Gators (41-24, 11-12 SEC), who now have their third 40-plus win season in four years, have won three of their last four to take the lead in the divisional race after Kentucky (32-27, 11-13) dropped a pair of doubleheaders at LSU and Arkansas this weekend. Ole Miss fell to sixth in the West with its 21-38 overall and 8-18 SEC marks.
Left fielder Nicole Kreipl (Huntington Beach, Calif./Huntington Beach) cranked a 3-1, two-out pitch over the left field wall in the bottom of the seventh for the Gators' first-game win. It was just her third career homer and first one at her home field. In game two, third baseman Lora Pinkerton (Phoenix, Ariz./Moon Valley) drove in the winning run, ending the pitchers' dual. Freshman Jenn Brown (Orlando, Fla./Bishop Moore), who was placed on second base as per the SEC tie-breaker rule, scored the game-winner after being sac bunted to third.
Junior pitcher Renise Landry (West Monroe, La./West Monroe) went the distance for her 15th complete outing this year in which she hurled 146 pitches. Landry (17-10) allowed just five hits and struck out 10. It was her eighth shutout. The Rebels' Holly Burris took the loss after coming in relief for starter Lindsay Price with one out in the fifth. Burris shut down the Gators, only giving up one of UF's six hits and fanning three. Burris sat down nine consecutive batters from the tail of the sixth into the eight frames. Price had five K's.
Beth Dieter (Orlando, Fla./Dr. Phillips) put her second consecutive win in the book as she tossed her 26th complete game in the opener. Dieter (19-11) yielded just six hits and had four strikeouts. Kriepl finished the game 2-for-4 at the plate. Junior Emily Marino (Joliet, Ill./Joliet) was 2-for-2 with a walk.
UF will play host to Georgia (26-31, 7-17 SEC) May 6-7 in its regular-season finale. Saturday's doubleheader is at 6 p.m., and Sunday's is at noon. The Sunshine Network will broadcast the first game Sunday live. The 2000 senior class will be honored in a pre-game ceremony. Admission is free.