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Jenn Mossadeghi was 3-for-3 vs. Stetson in the first game.

Saturday February 10, 2001Softball Wins Two, Will Play for GRU Classic Title

Gainesville, FL

Jenn Mossadeghi was 3-for-3 vs. Stetson in the first game.

The University of Florida softball team will play for its own GRU Classic title after shutting out instate-rival Stetson 4-0 and 5-0 in single games Saturday afternoon at the Florida Softball Stadium.

The Gators (4-0) will face South Florida (3-6) Sunday at 1 p.m. in a quest for their second consecutive GRU Classic Championship. Stetson (0-8) will play Southeastern Louisiana (1-3) at 10:30 a.m. in the consolation game.

UF scored three times in the third inning and once in the fifth in the early game. Sophomore third baseman Jennifer Mossadeghi (Jupiter, Fla./The King's Academy) tied her personal-best hits record, going 3-for-3 with a walk, a run and an RBI. In the circle, freshman Amanda Moore (Tuscaloosa, Ala./Hillcrest) picked up her second win. She yielded four hits and a walk and struck out six over six and one-third innings of work.

Stetson's Ashley Cowart singled in the bottom of the seventh, and sophomore Nikki Michael (Phoenix, Ariz./Greenway) came in relief for Moore. One of four UF errors and a two-out walk loaded the bases. Michael forced a ground-out on the potential tying run for her first save.

"We looked tired," Coach Karen Johns said of her team's first-game effort. "Yesterday was an emotional day, and it caught up to us. But, Nikki did a fabulous job. She came in a tough situation and got it done."

The Gators came out strong in game two offensively and defensively. UF's first three batters combined for six hits, led by freshman right fielder Jenilee Garner (Gainesville, Fla./Gainesville). Garner was 3-for-4 with two runs and just a home run shy of the cycle. Mossadeghi went 2-for-4 with a run, and senior catcher Emily Marino (Joliet, Ill./Joliet Catholic) had a single in three tries and walked once.

As a team, UF had nine hits while senior pitcher Renise Landry (West Monroe, La./West Monroe) and a perfect defense held the Hatters to just three hits. Landry (1-0) struck out four and allowed two walks in seven innings.

UF scored twice in the first frame on a hit and one of two Stetson errors. Mossadeghi scored in the next inning on the other miscue. Garner ripped a two-out triple to left center in the top of the seventh. Marino drew a walk, and the Hatters intentionally walked first baseman Ashley Boone (Irvine, Calif./Woodbrige), who had singled in her last at-bat, to load the bases. Sophomore center fielder Amanda Judd (Cornville, Ariz./Cornville) doubled down the left field line for two runs.

The Gators turned their first double play of the season, and Landry forced a grounder to shortstop to end the game.

Johns was enthusiastic about her team's late-day performance. "We had two goals for the second game: to turn a double play and play perfect defense. We did these, and I'm please with our effort."

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