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Sunday March 11, 2001Softball Loses To No. 8 LSU 3-1

Gainesville, FL

Eighth-ranked Louisiana State's bats woke up, and Florida's slumbered as the Tigers posted a 3-1 victory and clinched the Southeastern Conference opening series Sunday afternoon at the Florida Softball Stadium.

Less than 24 hours after UF (15-7, 1-2 SEC) handed LSU (20-5, 2-1 SEC) its first no-hitter since 1998, the Gator pitching staff allowed seven hits, four of which scored the Tigers' runs in the sixth inning. The Gators mustered just two against All-American Britni Sneed (12-4). Sneed struck out 12 batters, at least one in every frame but the sixth.

"Overall, we played well," Coach Karen Johns said collectively of her team's performances this weekend. "We're disappointed we didn't get as many hits as we wanted. But, (Sneed's) a great pitcher. Our hats are off to her. Hopefully, we'll learn from this."

Freshman shortstop Jenilee Garner (Gainesville, Fla./Gainesville) singled to left center in the fourth, and senior first baseman Ashley Boone (Irvine, Calif./Woodbridge) drew a walk. Garner scored the run thanks a base hit by freshman left fielder Mylin Prieto (Cooper City, Fla./St. Thomas Aquinas).

UF held the marginal lead until LSU went up 2-1 on freshman pitcher Amanda Moore (Tuscaloosa, Ala./Hillcrest). Senior Renise Landry (West Monroe, La./West Monroe) came in relief. LSU scored once more, but Landry fanned the last two to get the Gators out of the inning. Moore (6-4) was credited with all of the runs and yielded five hits, and struck out four over five and a third innings. Landry allowed two hits in one and a third frames.

UF continues SEC play vs. Mississippi State. The series begins with a doubleheader Wednesday, March 14 at 5 p.m. A single game will be played Thursday, March 15 at 5 p.m.

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