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Wednesday April 4, 2001Softball Splits a Pair at Auburn

AUBURN, Ala.

Katy Berger was 3-for-4 in a 9-3 win at Auburn.

The Florida Gator softball team split a Southeastern Conference double header at Auburn, losing the three-game series opener 9-1 in six innings and winning the nightcap 9-3 Wednesday night at the Auburn Softball Complex.

"We're struggling with inconsistency," Coach Karen Johns said. "If we'd executed offensively like we did the second game, then we should have won both games."

AU (22-16, 5-6 SEC) took a 1-0 lead in the third on two hits and an error and scored three times in the fifth off of four hits and another miscue. UF (29-15, 9-8 SEC) got one back in the sixth. Senior catcher Emily Marino (Joliet, Ill./Joliet) sent one of her two hits off of the Tiger Eyes on the scoreboard in left center for her second home run this year and 27th in her career.

Freshman Amanda Moore (Tuscaloosa, Ala./Hillcrest) allowed two more runs in the bottom of the sixth. Down 7-1, senior Renise Landry (West Monroe, La./West Monroe) came in relief and gave up a two-run homer. Landry struck out the next two, but walked the third, which ended up being the game-winning run. First baseman Mary Petrie stole second and went home when Marino's throw went into center field, ending the game due to the NCAA Eight-run Mercy Rule.

Moore (11-6) allowed seven runs (three earned) on eight hits, walked one and struck out three over five innings. Landry gave up two runs (one earned) on one hit, one walk and had two strikeouts. Jaime Rasmussen (6-7) earned the win. UF scattered four hits, walked once and struck out once.

In game two, the Gators returned the favor by recording the most hits they've had in 16 games. Seven starters hit safely and totaled 11 as a team. Right fielder Katy Berger (Carmel, Ind./Carmel) led the way. The junior was 3-for-4 with two runs and two RBI. UF scored once on an error and Berger's double in the first. But, a five-run second frame in which the Gators went through the order and scattered six hits, put them on top for good. In the bottom of the inning, Tiger catcher Michelle Martin blasted her fourth homer to put AU on the board.

UF scored again in the fifth to go up 8-1. Senior first baseman Ashley Boone (Irvine, Calif./Woodbridge) sent a single up the middle for two RBI. In the sixth, catcher Bree Berger (Carmel, Ind./Carmel) drove her sister Katy home from third with a base hit. The Tigers scored again in their sixth on a throw from shortstop to first on a double play attempt and then with two outs in the seventh.

Landry (14-7) earned the win for UF. The senior tossed a seven-hit complete game in which she allowed three runs (two earned), walked four and struck out three. Auburn's Lily DuBois (6-2) took the loss. DuBois earned four of nine runs on 11 hits, walked three and fanned four.

The series finale is Wednesday at 2 p.m. Eastern.

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