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Saturday March 24, 2001Softball Wins Two at FAU Tournament

BOCA RATON, Fla.

The Florida Gator softball team set a school record nine-game win streak by defeating host Florida Atlantic 1-0 and Michigan Sate 4-1 to receive the No. 1 Seed at the FAU Tournament Saturday evening.

The Gators (26-8) achieved their goal of going 4-0 in round-robin play. "We wanted to be undefeated and be the No. 1 seed after Friday and Saturday's games," Coach Karen Johns said. "Overall, we're pleased with our performance. Hopefully, we can carry this momentum into Sunday's championship games."

FAU (29-11) out-hit the Gators 6-2; defense made the difference. UF was flawless, while FAU had a two-base error in the fifth, which helped UF score and spoil Owl pitcher Nicole Myers' 13-strikeout effort.

Sophomore Bree Berger (Carmel, Ind./Carmel) led off the fifth with a walk. First baseman Annie Norton missed a throw from shortstop on a ground ball to move pinch runner Stacey Rosen (Ft. Lauderdale, Fla./Piper) to third. Second baseman Prissie Walden (Jacksonville, Fla./First Coast) drove home Rosen with a sacrifice to right field.

The Owls scattered five of their hits off of senior starter Renise Landry (West Monroe, La./West Monroe) before freshman Amanda Moore (Tuscaloosa, Ala./Hillcrest) came in relief. Landry walked two and fanned one in three an a third innings. Moore (10-4) allowed just one hit and a walk, and struck out four over three and two-thirds.

Moore picked up her second win of the night vs. MSU (7-21). She allowed one unearned run on four hits, walked two and struck out three in a complete game.

Senior catcher Emily Marino (Joliet, Ill./Joliet) drew a bases-loaded walk to send in UF's first of four runs in the third. Then sophomore third baseman Jenn Mossadeghi (Jupiter, Fla./The King's Academy) cleared the bases with a two-out double to left center for three RBI. A fielding miscue at shortstop allowed the Spartan's sole run.

The Gators will face the winner of the Jacksonville State-MSU game Sunday at 1 p.m. in the playoffs. If they advance, they will play for the championship vs. FAU or Florida International at 3 p.m.

 

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