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Tuesday March 27, 2001Softball Loses 9-0 and 2-1 (8) to No. 4 Alabama

Gainesville, FL

In a clash between the two Southeastern Conference division leaders, the Florida softball team lost both ends of a double header to No. 4 Alabama 9-0 and 2-1 (eight innings) Tuesday at the Florida Softball Stadium.

In the opener, Bama (30-1, 10-1 SEC) tied the largest victory margin in the all-time series, which it leads 10-5. The Gators (26-12, 6-5 SEC) went toe-to-toe with the Tide in the nightcap, showing promise for a possible win in Wednesday's series finale at 1 p.m.

"I thought we put ourselves in good situations in the second game, "Coach Karen Johns said. "We just couldn't get those hits to fall."

The Gators out-hit the Tide 7-3.

UA clung to a 1-0 lead after scoring in the first inning until the bottom of the seventh. Right fielder Katy Berger (Carmel, Ind./Carmel) scored on a throwing error from pitcher Shelley Laird to first base after leading off with a single. But the Tide put up the winning run after pitcher Renise Landry (West Monroe, La./West Monroe) allowed runners with two walks, a fielder's choice and a base hit.

Landry (12-5) allowed two runs on three hits, walked seven and struck out seven. "Renise did a great job. If she cuts down on walks, she can beat anybody."

Bama's Shelley Laird (17-0) earned both wins after coming in relief for just one and a third innings in Game 2. In the first game, Laird got the best of UF, allowing three hits and three walks, and fanning five. UF's Tuscaloosa, Ala., native Amanda Moore (Hillcrest) pitched a complete game. Moore (10-5) yielded nine runs (five earned) on 11 hits, walked seven and struck out five.

There was definitely a different Gator team playing the second game, according to Johns. "We were more poised in the second game. In the first game, we were flat. Maybe we were caught up in the emotion." Johns, an assistant at UA from 1996-2000, was facing her mentor Bama Coach Pat Murphy

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