Roundup: Rough go of it on road for UF softball team

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Albert. [Cat Gloria/Correspondent]

OXFORD, Miss. – No. 6 Florida fell in Sunday’s SEC softball series finale to No. 22 Ole Miss, 3-1, at the Ole Miss Softball Complex.

The Gators (29-8, 3-6 SEC) picked up a complete-game performance from Kelly Barnhill (19-4) in the circle and out hit the Rebels (24-9, 5-3 seven hits to four at the plate. Barnhill, the senior right-hander also struck out eight over 6.0 innings of work.

Six different batters for Florida picked up a hit with junior Kendyl Lindaman going 2-for-4 at the plate for her 10th multi-hit game of the season.

Brittany Finney (7-5) picked up the win in the circle for Ole Miss after 4.1 innings pitched.

Florida returns to Katie Seashole Pressly Stadium for a Wednesday contest vs. No. 3 Florida State in the first game of the Fresh from Florida Sunshine Showdown two-game series. The game is set to be aired on ESPN2 at 7 p.m.

Men’s tennis: At Ring Tennis Complex, despite dropping the doubles point again, No. 2 Florida moved to the top spot in the SEC with a 5-2 win over Texas A&M.

The Gators (17-2 overall) improved to 9-0 in the SEC and are the only undefeated team remaining in the conference. This start is Florida’s best since beginning the 2005 conference season 11-0 en route to its regular season SEC Championship.

Florida entered the match riding a 10-match winning streak, all over ranked opponents, while Texas A&M had won 14 straight this season, 21 in conference play dating back to 2017. The Aggies defeated the Gators three times last season, with the final punch coming in the Elite Eight of the NCAA Tournament.

The Gators roared back in singles and blanked Texas A&M in the first set, taking all six courts. Duarte Vale remained undefeated in SEC play with a 6-4, 6-2 win on court six and tied the match for Florida. Sam Riffice, Oliver Crawford, Lukas Greif and Johannes Ingildsen also won.

Florida will travel to the state of Alabama for a weekend series with the Crimson Tide and the Auburn Tigers on Friday and Sunday. First serve between the Gators and the Tide on Friday will be at 7 p.m. ET.

Women’s tennis: At College Station, Texas, Florida (9-8, 6-4) picked up its second straight top 25 victory on the road with a 4-2 win over No. 12 Texas A&M (18-5, 6-4).

Florida earned one of its best victories of the season as No. 67 Victoria Emma clinched it for the Gators with a 6-1, 2-6, 7-5 triumph over Tatiana Makarova on court three. A pair of freshman, Marlee Zein and Sydney Berlin, accounted for UF’s other two singles wins as the Gators rode the momentum of winning the doubles point to their fifth road victory of the season.

The Gators conclude the dual match season with four home matches in a row beginning Friday when Alabama visits.

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