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Thursday April 5, 2001Softball Loses 6-5 at Auburn

AUBURN, Ala.

Florida's offensive had double Auburn's hits, but the Gator softball team lost 6-5 in the three-game Southeastern Conference series closer due to a season-high five errors Thursday afternoon at the AU Softball Complex. AU (29-16, 6-6 SEC) won the series 2-1. UF (29-16, 9-9 SEC) out-hit the Tigers 10-5. All of AU's runs were unearned. Freshman Amanda Moore (Tuscaloosa, Ala./Hillcrest) got the start in the circle and gave up three runs in the first inning. Senior Renise Landry (West Monroe, La./West Monroe) came in relief and recorded a strikeout to get out of the inning. Landry sat the Tigers down in order the next two innings. "We let them get too many too early," Coach Karen Johns said. "It changed the whole pace of the game. We were in a tight game, and let it effect our fielding." UF only got one back in its second inning. Senior first baseman Ashley Boone (Irvine, Calif./Woodbridge) doubled for an RBI. It was one of her two hits on the day. Each team scored once in the fourth. UF trailed 4-2 when catcher Emily Marino (Joliet, Ill./Joliet) led off the top of the fifth inning with her second solo homer of the series. The senior's shot to center field was her third this year and 28th in her career. Freshman left fielder Mylin Prieto (Cooper City, Fla./St. Thomas Aquinas) singled and scored the tying run on her 19th birthday on third baseman Jenn Mossadeghi's (Jupiter, Fla./The King's Academy) double down the left field line. Both clubs scored once in the sixth. Mossadeghi had a one-out base hit to left field in UF's seventh inning, but Tiger reliever Mary Petrie left her there with a groundout and a strikeout. A dropped catch in right field put the game winning run on second. Petrie sacrificed the Jenn Kraemer over and a single up the middle scored her. Landry (14-8) took the loss, allowing three unearned runs on four hits and two walks, and fanned four over six and a third innings. She held AU center fielder Ashley Moore hitless, breaking the leadoff batter's 24-game hitting streak. Petrie (1-0) closed the book with on run on three hits, one walk and one strikeout in two innings. UF is host to Ole Miss in a three-game home stand April 7-8. Saturday's double header is at 3 p.m. Sunday's game is at noon and will be telecast live on Sunshine. Admission is free.
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