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Friday May 19, 2000Softball Upsets Fresno State 1-0

FRESNO, Calif.

Senior Jenn Lutsi (Naples, Fla./Barron Collier) scored the University of Floridaís 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 didnít 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, itís just the start."

Shortstop Jenn Mossadeghi (Jupiter, Fla./The Kingís Academy) sac bunted Lutsi over to third, and catcher Bree Berger (Carmel, Ind./Carmel) drove her in on a fielderís choice thanks to a late throw to home from third baseman Lindsay Fossatti. Lutsiís hit broke up Fresnoís three-time All-American Amanda Scottís no-hitter.

"I think it was the finest game weíve 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. Sheís 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 didnít 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.

 

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