Roundup: UF wins SEC softball series at Texas A&M

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COLLEGE STATION, Texas — Florida’s No. 6 softball team appears to be picking up steam in the SEC race.

The Gators’ 8-3 win Saturday over Texas A&M allowed them to win their second consecutive league series.

Kendyl Lindaman was again the hitting start for the Gators (35-9, 8-6 SEC), hitting a RBI double and a three-run home run to give UF a 5-2 lead in the fifth.

Sophia Reynoso and Hannah Sipos contributed RBI singles to the Gators’ cause over the Aggies (25-17, 3-11), while Jordan Matthews had a home run and Amanda Lorenz a sacrifice fly.

Starting pitcher Elizabeth Hightower (3-0) went five innings for UF, allowing five hits and two earned runs. Natalie Lugo pitched two innings of hitless relief.

Florida goes for the series sweep today in a game that is scheduled to start at 1 p.m.

Lacrosse: The 17th-ranked Gators defeated East Carolina 20-10 at Donald R. Dizney Stadium.

Lindsey Ronbeck led the Gators on the offensive front, scoring seven goals against the Pirates — her 12th hat trick this season. Grace Haus also pitched in a hat trick with three goals, while Shannon Kavanagh, Brianna Harris, Madi Hall and Caroline Benitez all followed with two of their own.

Florida (9-6, 3-0 AAC) won 20-of-32 draw controls, including a career-high five by Cara Trombetta. The Gators were locked in on defense, causing 11 turnovers on the day, led by six from Trombetta. That not only tied her career-best but tied Florida’s program record for most CTs in a game.

Haley Hicklen notched a .400 saves percentage on the day, racking up six saves against the Pirates (5-10, 0-3).

“We played a really good first half on Thursday, not so much a second half,” UF coach Amanda O’Leary said. “Today was building upon if we could put two halves together. Credit ECU in the first half, they came out with the 50/50 groundballs and they came at us hard offensively. We put together a much better second half today.”

The Gators have a week off before returning to the field at UConn on April 20.

Men’s tennis: At Ring Tennis Complex, looking to continue its 15-match home winning streak, No. 2 Florida (19-2, 11-0 SEC) will host No. 18 South Carolina (15-7 overall, 5-6) at 1 p.m. today.

Prior to the top-20 showdown, the Gators will honor seniors McClain Kessler and Alfredo Perez. The two have a combined overall win total of 304 matches and five All-American honors. The Senior Day recognition will begin at 12:45.

Riding a 13-match winning streak this season, Florida will try to finish the SEC season undefeated for the first time since 2003. If the Gators win, they will be the outright 2019 Regular Season conference champions, but a loss to the Gamecocks would result in shared title situation with Mississippi State.

Women’s tennis: At Ring Tennis Complex, UF lost to South Carolina 4-2 to drop to 11-10, 7-6 in the SEC, while No. 5 South Carolina is 17-3 and 12-1. Marlee Zein and Sydney Berlin had UF’s singles wins.

Florida returns to action Thursday when it competes in the SEC Tournament in College Station, Texas, hosted by Texas A&M. Pairings will be announced today.