Roundup: No. 5 UF softball falls at Kentucky
Published: Friday, April 1, 2011 at 6:01 a.m.
Last Modified: Saturday, April 2, 2011 at 12:53 a.m.
LEXINGTON, Ky. — Fifth-ranked Florida softball fell, 10-2, in six innings to No. 23 Kentucky on Friday evening at the UK Softball Complex amid cold temperatures and a sporadic light drizzle, moving to 30-5 on the season, 7-4 in Southeastern Conference play.
Kentucky (23-7, 9-3 SEC) scattered one run in the first and struck with three-run homers in both the third and fourth innings for seven runs before the Gators put up their lone two runs thanks to two solo homers from senior Kelsey Bruder and sophomore Brittany Schutte in the top of the fifth. Bruder struck with her 10th homer of the season and Schutte with her 11th as Florida narrowed UK's lead to 7-2, but the 'Cats strung together a three-run sixth inning to halt any potential comeback, ending the game early at 10-2 in favor of UK.
Gator pitcher Hannah Rogers started her 18th game for the Gators, tossing 5.2 innings and allowing 11 Wildcat runs on 10 hits. The freshman righty (16-3) walked three and struck out six in the matchup Friday evening, shouldering just her third loss of the season, while junior Chanda Bell tossed six innings for UK, allowing just the two Gator runs, while walking one and fanning 11 to improve to 9-4 in 2011.
Women's tennis: At Lexington, Ky., second-ranked Florida got its two-match road swing off to a strong start with its 7-0 shutout against Kentucky.
The victory marked the Gator's eighth-consecutive win overall and their 21st straight against SEC foes, as the team improved to 18-1 this year, including 7-0 in league action.
Women's golf: At Athens, Ga., Isabelle Lendl is in a four-way deadlock for eighth while Evan Jensen is close behind, tied for 12th with seven other golfers at the conclusion of the first round of the 39th-annual Liz Murphey Collegiate Classic.
Florida completed day one in a tie for 15th after posting a team score of 300 (+12) at the par-72, 6,335-yard University of Georgia Golf Course.