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Friday May 12, 2000Softball Defeats Kentucky 2-0 at SEC Tournament

COLUMBUS, Ga.

The University of Florida softball team became the first squad to eliminate a divisional winner as it defeated Eastern Division Champion Kentucky 2-0, its 24th shutout this year, in the second day of the Southeastern Conference Tournament South Commons Stadium Friday afternoon.

Behind the strength of pitcher Renise Landry (West Monroe, La./West Monroe) and an improved offense, the Gators (44-27) advanced to Arkansas (41-28) for a chance to get to the semifinals Saturday night. It will be UFs third straight noon start in the double-elimination bracket. UK ends its season at 36-29.

"I was extremely pleased that we got a good pitching performance out of Renise Landry," fourth-year Coach Larry Ray said. "And, we got some offense today to back her up."

Landry improved to 19-11 and allowed just four hits, and struck out three in seven innings. UKs Keary Camunas (19-15) took the loss. UF got five hits off of the senior.

UF scored first when first baseman Emily Marino (Joliet, Ill./Joliet Catholic) knocked out her 14th homer of the year, a solo shot to right center, to lead off the fourth frame. It was the first home run of the tournament. UF scattered three hits and pinch runner Jenn Brown (Orlando, Fla./Bishop Moore) scored on a Kortney Edge (Camarillo, Calif./Adolfo/Fresno State) single in the fifth to take a 2-0 lead.

The Wildcats threatened to score in their sixth. Center fielder Beth Fogle, who singled, advanced to third on a wild pitch and a ground out. But, Landry forced two fly-outs and struck out one to salvage her 10th shutout this season. Fogle was the only runner UF allowed past first base and the only leadoff batter to get on, which was the key, according to Ray.

Landry said she was following the game plan. "My pitching coach (Kaci Clark) and I set some goals before the game," she said. "One of which was to get the first batters out. And, if a runner gets on, to leave them there and go after the next batter."

A win in the early game Saturday would pair UF South Carolina contest (37-25) in the semifinal game at 6 p.m. WRUF-AM 850 will broadcast the game(s) live, and the first game will be televised on COX Channel 8.

 

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