Wednesday March 14, 2001Softball Sweeps Mississippi State 6-0 and 5-4
Renise Landry earned both wins in a doubleheader sweep of Mississippi State.
The Florida Gator softball team hit the first home runs given up by Mississippi State this year for a dramatic 5-4 comeback victory to complete a Southeastern Conference doubleheader sweep after posting a 6-0 series opening shutout Wednesday evening at the Florida softball stadium.
It was the first twin bill sweep by either team in the all-time series. The Gators (17-7, 3-2 SEC) took the series lead 7-6 and will face the Bulldogs (12-14, 0-2 SEC), who are below .500 for the first time in more than a year, Thursday at 5 p.m.
UF trailed 4-1 going into the fifth frame of the nightcap. MSU had scored twice in each the third and the fifth. Junior Kellie Wilkerson hit a two-run homer in the fifth off of freshman Amanda Moore (Tuscaloosa, Ala./Hillcrest). Sophomore second baseman Prissie Walden (Jacksonville, Fla./First Coast) scored the sole run after leading off the third with a double.
MSU pitcher Jennifer Nelson put two Gators on board with two outs thanks to her own throwing error to first and a walk. Sophomore third baseman Jennifer Mossadeghi (Jupiter, Fla./The King's Academy) blasted a 3-2 pitch just fair of the left field foul post to tie it at four a piece. It was Mossadeghi's second homer this year.
"I was disappointed with how we started (the second game)," Coach Karen Johns said. "But Moss came through with a huge hit for us."
Freshman left fielder Mylin Prieto (Cooper City, Fla./St. Thomas Aquinas) hit the game-winner out of left field, her first career home run. She became just the fourth UF frosh to rock one out of the park.
Senior Renise Landry (West Monroe, La./West Monroe) picked up her second win of the night after coming in relief for Moore in the sixth. Landry (8-1) struck out four in two innings. Moore fanned three in five frames and allowed four runs (all earned) on five hits.
MSU went through three pitchers, but none recorded a strikeout. It was the first time since UF's opener Feb. 9 a pitcher did not "K" a Gator. Nelson (1-2) was credited with the loss.
Landry also had five strikeouts in the first game. She pitched her fifth complete game to earn her third shutout.
"Renise, she did a great job," Johns said. "She's found her rhythm and balance. Overall, we were very pleased with our performance. We got an early rally (in the first game), and we didn't let them answer back. We had a lull in the middle, but we came back and got some hits."
UF batted through the order and scored five runs on four hits and an error in the first. Pitcher Iyhia McMichael (4-2) only lasted a third of an inning before Kasey Whitehead came in relief. Whitehead held UF scoreless until Prieto led off the fifth with a double, stole third and scored on a ground out to shortstop.
WRUF-AM 850 will broadcast Thursday's game live.