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Ashley Boone sent in the game-winning run vs. Ole Miss.

Saturday April 7, 2001Softball Splits With Ole Miss at Home, 0-2 and 4-3

Gainesville, FL

Ashley Boone sent in the game-winning run vs. Ole Miss.

The Florida Gator softball team came back from a 2-0 loss and won 4-3 to split a Southeastern Conference double header Saturday afternoon and record the program's fifth consecutive 30-win season in front of a season-high 736 fans at the Florida Softball Stadium.

UF (30-17, 10-10 SEC) now leads the all-time series 7-1. It was Ole Miss' (17-27, 4-10 SEC) first win vs. the Gators.

"We never got a hit when we needed it in the first game," Coach Karen Johns said. "But, we came out strong in the second game. They came back, but we didn't fold. I was really proud of them for that."

Junior right fielder Katy Berger (Carmel, Ind./Carmel) led off the fourth with her sixth double this year to spark a three-run inning. Reliever Holly Burris loaded the bases with two walks. The runs scored on a wild pitch, an error and a fielder's choice. Berger finished 2-for-3 with a run and was also 2-for-3 in the first game.

Ole Miss tied it a three each in its fifth frame on four hits and an error. UF came right back in the sixth. Senior first baseman Ashley Boone (Irvine, Calif./Woodbridge) sent in the game-winning run with a sacrifice fly out to right field. Sophomore second baseman Prissie Walden (Jacksonville, Fla./First Coast), who reached second on a fielding error at first base, scored.

Senior Renise Landry (West Monroe, La./West Monroe) received the decision in both games. Landry (15-9) came in relief for freshman Amanda Moore (Tuscaloosa, Ala./Hillcrest) in the sixth to pick up the victory. Landry gave up one hit and struck out one. In Game 1, Landry allowed two runs on five hits, walked one and struck out three over five innings. Moore gave up three runs (two earned) on six hits and a walk, and fanned two through five innings as the starter in Game 2.

"We felt like (Renise) found some good rhythm there (in game two)," Johns said. "She was throwing a little harder than she has been."

Ole Miss scored once in each the first and third innings to win the series opener. Jennifer Hughes (9-9) held UF to four hits in a complete-game shutout.

The series finale is Sunday at noon. The Sunshine Network will telecast it live. Admission is free.

 

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