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Friday May 11, 2001Auburn Eliminates Softball From SEC Tourn 4-1

CHATTANOOGA, Tenn.

A late offensive surge helped Auburn to a 4-1 elimination victory against Florida in the Southeastern Conference Softball Tournament Friday afternoon at the Jim Frost Stadium.

Senior Ashley Boone (Irvine, Calif./Woodbridge) had two of her career-best-tying three hits for doubles, tying the tournament record for two-baggers. Sophomore third baseman Jenn Mossadeghi (Jupiter, Fla./The King's Academy) set it in 2000. UF (36-26) will await a possible NCAA Regional bid. The field will be announced Sunday, May 13 at 8:30 p.m. AU (30-31) picked up its first tournament victory since 1997.

The Tigers broke open a 1-1 tie in the sixth inning with a sacrifice fly to left field and a two-out, solo home run from catcher Michelle Martin. AU added another run on three consecutive singles in the seventh.

"With any team in the SEC, if you give them hope, they'll run with it," Coach Karen Johns said. "They pounded the ball in (the sixth) inning. I thought we started off really strong. I'm very disappointed. We thought we had them on the ropes in the beginning."

Boone scored in the first after a one-out hit dropped in just fair of third base, fooling the Tigers, for a double. Catcher Emily Marino (Joliet, Ill./Joliet Catholic) singled for the RBI. AU tied it a one a piece in the fourth on two base hits. UF stranded five runners the rest of the way, four in scoring position.

Senior starter Renise Landry (West Monroe, La./West Monroe) went six innings, giving up four runs on six hits and a walk. Landry (19-15) struck out four to retire the side in order through the first three frames.

"She had real good command the first four innings," Johns said. "But, she flattened out a little."

Freshman Amanda Moore (Tuscaloosa, Ala./Hillcrest) came in relief after one batter in the seventh. Moore gave up two hits and a walk.

AU starter Lily DuBois (9-8) earned the win in five and a third innings. DuBois allowed one run, six hits, one walk and fanned two. First baseman Mary Petrie moved to the circle and earned her second save in one and two-thirds frames. Petrie struck out three.

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