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Saturday May 6, 2000Softball Division Title Hopes Swept Away by UG

Gainesville, FL

The University of Florida softball team had its hopes for a second Southeastern Conference Eastern Division title swept away with 5-0 and 2-1 losses to Georgia in front of a season record crowd of 723 Saturday night at the Florida Softball Stadium.

The Gators (41-26, 11-14 SEC) entered the weekend in second place in the East and needed to win the entire four-game series to regain first from Kentucky (36-27, 15-13). UF will finish second in the division. UG (28-31, 9-17 SEC) now needs just one win to earn the eighth berth into the SEC Tournament to be played May 11-14 at South Commons Stadium in Columbus, Ga. The teams close the series Sunday at noon.

In its first wins ever in Gainesville, Fla., the Bulldogs held UF to just seven hits on the night. UG recorded 11. Senior Jenn Lutsi (Naples, Fla./Barron Collier) sent in the Gators' only run with her 13th double of the year in the fourth frame. Freshman Lana Harris (Satellite Beach, Fla./Satellite) scored from first base. She was running for junior Emily Marino (Joliet, Ill./Joliet Catholic), who drew a walk to set up the situation.

Senior pitcher Beth Dieter (Orlando, Fla./Dr. Phillips) took the loss in game one. Dieter (19-12) allowed five runs on six hits and three walks, and struck out four in five and two-thirds innings. Freshman Nicole Michael (Phoenix, Ariz./Greenway) came in relief and let up just two hits over one and a third. In game two, junior Renise Landry (West Monroe, La./West Monroe) went the distance, giving up only three hits. Landry fell to 17-11 on the year. The Bulldogs' Natalie Price ended up with both wins. She fanned seven through a complete game in the opener to record a three-hit shutout. Price (16-11) entered game two with an out remaining in the fourth and allowed just one hit, and struck out three.

The Sunshine Network will broadcast the first game of Sunday's doubleheader live from the Florida Softball Stadium at noon. Admission is free.

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