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Saturday March 10, 2001Softball No-hits No. 8 LSU for Doubleheader Split

Gainesville, FL

Renise Landry threw her third career no-hitter for a 4-1 win vs. No. 8 LSU.

Behind a no-hitter from the Florida softball team's only Louisiana native and breakthrough offense from the senior class, the Gators upset No. 8 Louisiana State 4-1 to split Saturday's doubleheader Southeastern Conference opener after losing 1-0 in the first game.

Senior Renise Landry (West Monroe, La./West Monroe) handed the Tigers their first no-hitter since 1998. Behind seven strikeouts, Landry (6-1) tossed her third career no-hitter. It was the eighth in UF history. She allowed one run and walked four.

Ironically, it was Renise Landry Day at the park, but the extra attention in the programs and trading cards didn't distract her. "I didn't focus on anything but doing my job," Landry said. "As a team, we did that, too…to open up (the SEC season) and come out with a win against the No. 8 team."

The Gators (15-6, 1-1 SEC) trailed 1-0 after LSU (19-5, 1-1 SEC) scored in the second. With one out, LSU drew two walks and advanced on a wild pitch, then right fielder Trena Peel stole home. Landry came back and fanned the last two batters. She sat them down in order in every inning but the fifth and seventh.

"I'm so proud of her," Coach Karen Johns said. "She could've folded after that second inning, but she hung in there."

Sophomore third baseman Jenn Mossadeghi (Jupiter, Fla./The King's Academy) reached on a throwing error from shortstop Stephanie Hastings and stole second to lead off the sixth. Senior first baseman Ashley Boone (Irvine, Calif./Woodbridge) ripped a single down the right field line to score her. Freshman left fielder Mylin Prieto (Cooper City, Fla./St. Thomas Aquinas) doubled to right center and sent in Boone.

Britni Sneed came in relief for Ashley Lewis, and senior Emily Marino (Joliet, Ill./Joliet Catholic) made her sorry for it. On an 0-2 count, she took all hope away from the Tigers with her first homer this season, a two-RBI shot to left field.

Lewis (7-1) took her first loss. She allowed three runs (two earned) on four hits, walked one and struck out three over five and one-third innings. Sneed accounted for Marino's run and fanned one in two-thirds of a frame. But, she improved to 11-4 with the three-hit shutout in the opener. In that game, she had nine K's and yielded one walk.

LSU led off the game with a walk and scored on a sacrifice fly. Freshman pitcher Amanda Moore (Tuscaloosa, Ala./Hillcrest) held the Tigers to a season-low tying run. Moore (6-3) walked two and struck out four.

Boone, Prieto and sophomore Bree Berger (Carmel, Ind./Carmel) each had one hit as UF out-hit the Tigers 3-2, despite the loss.

The last game of the series is at 1 p.m. Sunday. A kids' clinic will be held following the game. The team and coaching staff will host a clinic for children between third and seventh grades. The clinic will teach the basics of hitting, throwing and fielding. Space is limited to the first 200 who register by calling the University Athletic Association Marketing & Promotions Office at 352.375.4683 or 1.800.34-GATOR, extension 6600. Each child who participates will receive a T-shirt courtesy of Louisville Slugger. Additionally, an inflatable moon walk and a radar fastpitch booth will make special appearances for children to play on during the game.

 

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