Friday May 19, 2000Softball Upsets Fresno State 1-0
Senior Jenn Lutsi (Naples, Fla./Barron Collier) scored the University of Florida’s first run in an NCAA Regional game to give the Gators their first win in such action as UF defeated top-seeded Fresno State 1-0 at the Bulldog Diamond Friday night.
The center fielder was robbed of a home run as her bomb to center field hit the fence and bounced back into play for a ground-rule double, but it didn’t matter. She had two freshmen to back her up and send her across the plate with one out in the bottom of the seventh as the underdogs upset the host Bulldogs, which are ranked sixth nationally, in front of nearly 1,700.
Lutsi knew her leadoff at-bat was crucial. "I knew we needed a lead-off hit. Our pitcher (Renise Landry) had a great game, and we needed to come through for her. It was a great win. Hopefully, it’s just the start."
Shortstop Jenn Mossadeghi (Jupiter, Fla./The King’s Academy) sac bunted Lutsi over to third, and catcher Bree Berger (Carmel, Ind./Carmel) drove her in on a fielder’s choice thanks to a late throw to home from third baseman Lindsay Fossatti. Lutsi’s hit broke up Fresno’s three-time All-American Amanda Scott’s no-hitter.
"I think it was the finest game we’ve had in our short history," fourth-year Coach Larry Ray said. "We got great pitching out of Renise (Landry), and all it took was one key hit."
Junior Renise Landry (West Monroe, La./West Monroe) tossed a three-hit shutout to record her first 20-win season. It marks the first time in UF history the Gator pitching staff has had two pitchers record 20-win seasons. Landry struck out four and walked two in seven innings. She’s now thrown 24 consecutive scoreless innings, dating back to May 6. The UF record is 25 and a third by Chelsey Sakizzie in 1998. Scott
Fanned eight and walked four in six and a third frames.
"Fresno State is an awesome hitting team," Landry said. "I just tried to hit my spots. I made a couple of mistakes, but my defense didn’t let it hurt me."
Landry got the Gators out of two frightful innings, both of which Fresno put runners in scoring position with two outs. In the fourth, the Bulldogs loaded the bases on an error, a hit and a walk. Then in the fifth, they put two on with back-to-back hits. Both innings ended with pop-ups to Mossadeghi.
UF plays Texas (30-26-1) Saturday at 8 p.m. The all-time series between the schools is tied at one win each. WRUF-AM 850 will broadcast the game live.