Sunday May 7, 2000Softball Defeats Georgia 2-0 and 5-0
The University of Florida softball team handed Georgia its first no-hitter this year for a 2-0 triumph and closed its regular season with a 5-0 victory, capturing its first back-to-back shutouts in 2000 Southeastern Conference play, to finish second in the Eastern Division Sunday afternoon at the Florida Softball Stadium.
Senior Beth Dieter (Orlando, Fla./Dr. Phillips) became just the second Gator to record two no-hitters in her career. It was her second this year and the fourth such performance for UF this season. It marked a school single-season record for complete-game no-hitters (3). With the wins, the Gators (43-26, 13-14 SEC) receive the No. 6 Seed in the SEC Tournament May 11-14 at the South Commons Stadium in Columbus, Ga. UF plays No. 3 Alabama (59-10, 25-5 SEC) Thursday at noon. UG (28-33, 9-19 SEC) needed one more win against the Gators to sneak into the eighth spot.
The Gators scattered eight hits off of Bulldog starter Natalie Price. Senior third baseman Lora Pinkerton (Phoenix, Ariz./Moon Valley) led the way, going 2-for-3, including her 12th double, and two runs. Price (16-12) lasted four innings in which she allowed five hits, both runs and three walks. Cynthia Polk came in relief and held UF to three hits in two innings. Dieter (20-12) posted her second 20-win season while striking out four.
In the series finale, senior Nicole Kreipl (Huntington Beach, Calif./Huntington Beach) and junior Emily Marino (Joliet, Ill./Joliet Catholic) paced a seven-hit offensive effort, each going 2-for-4 with an RBI. Kreipl scored twice, and Marino had one run. Marino combined for a 4-for-6 day at the plate.
Junior Renise Landry (West Monroe, La./West Monroe) earned the win. Landry (18-11) yielded six hits through a complete game. UG's Polk took the loss. Polk (2-6) allowed two runs on three hits through just two frames. Price took the rest of the runs off of four hits in as many innings.