Roundup: Softball beats BYU, Texas


Published: Friday, February 24, 2012 at 6:01 a.m.
Last Modified: Saturday, February 25, 2012 at 12:08 a.m.

PALM SPRINGS, Calif. — Junior Ensley Gammel and sophomore Cheyenne Coyle both homered twice Friday as the Florida softball team cruised to 3-0 and 5-1 victories over BYU and No. 8 Texas, respectively, on the second day of the Cathedral City Classic at the Big League Dreams Sports Complex in Palm Springs.

The Gators improved to 12-1 on the season, while sophomore Hannah Rogers and freshman Lauren Haeger earned wins in the circle to improve to 7-0 and 4-1, respectively, while freshman hurler Alyssa Bache tallied her first save of the season with an inning of hitless, scoreless work — including two strikeouts — to close out the first game of the afternoon against the Cougars.

Florida will do it again at 12:30 p.m. today with its final match up of the Cathedral City Classic against Boise State, before heading home for a Thursday match-up with Eastern Michigan in its own tournament — the Lipton Invitational — March 2-4.

INDOOR TRACK: Senior multi-event athlete Gray Horn leads the pack, including NCAA leader Arkansas’ Gunnar Nixon, at the 2012 SEC Indoor Championships, setting a new Florida first-day heptathlon record with 3,418 points, coming just three points shy of tying the SEC Indoor Championships first-day record.

Horn tied his career-best in the men’s 60 meters with a time of 6.96, placing second in the event to start Friday’s competition. Horn then went on to capture the men’s heptathlon long jump, earning a 7.57m/24-10 mark to close in on Georgia’s Cory Holman by one point.

Horn will finish the heptathlon this afternoon, as he has the 60-meter hurdles, the pole vault and the 1,000 meters remaining.

Sophomore multi-event athlete Brittany Harrell set a new Florida record en route to her fourth-place finish in the women’s pentathlon. Harrell scored a career best of 4,050 points, making her the first Gator pentathlete to ever score more than 4,000 points (3,999, Dorchelle Webster, 2/24/90) and ending a 22-year-old record down to the day.

The championships start again today at 11 a.m. with the men’s high jump.

LACROSSE: Ashley Bruns played through the rain Friday night, recording her 100th career goal en route to a school-record eight goals and 11 total points to help lead the Gators to their highest goal total ever, defeating Siena College, 23-5. The win lifts Florida to 3-1.

Gabi Wiegand recorded two goals and an assist, Erin Graziano notched her first two points of the season with a goal and an assist, and her sister Nicole Graziano chipped in a goal as well. Shannon Gilroy and Nora Barry both played strong in the midfield, as Gilroy had two goals and a school-record-tying six draw controls, and Barry notched four ground balls, four draw controls, a goal and an assist. Fellow-rookie Sally Jentis also tallied four draw controls, leading the Gators to a program-best 23 total.

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