Roundup: UF softball scores shutout in opener at Arkansas
Published: Friday, March 23, 2012 at 6:01 a.m.
Last Modified: Saturday, March 24, 2012 at 12:41 a.m.
FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. — Senior All-American Michelle Moultrie went 4-for-4 with a stolen base and two doubles as Florida opened its series at Arkansas with a 6-0 victory at Bogle Park on Friday.
A season-best performance for Florida's lone senior, Moultrie additionally tallied two RBIs and scored two runs for her 13th multiple-hit performance of the year as UF improved to 27-2 overall and 8-1 in league play.
Freshman Lauren Haeger went 2-for-3 at the plate, extending her active reached-base streak to 15-straight games as UF tallied nine hits and scattered its six runs in the third, fourth, fifth and sixth frames to defeat the Razorbacks (18-10, 2-7 SEC).
Sophomore ace Hannah Rogers chalked up her 15th victory of 2012, improving to 15-1 in the circle with a four-hit, complete-game shutout. Rogers went the distance for the 12th time this season and scored her seventh shutout, as the Gators racked up their 16th shutout as a team and their fourth in league play.
The Gators and Razorbacks will meet again today, with first pitch set for 1 p.m.
TRACK & FIELD: At Orlando, sophomore thrower Stipe Zunic earned the first Gator victory of the 2012 outdoor season as he claimed the men's javelin title at the UCF Invitational.
Zunic turned in a 73.84m mark in the event, tallying the second-furthest throw of his career.
“Stipe, Fawn and Jeremy all opened up well today,” Florida head coach Mike Holloway said. “I'm really pleased with their starts to the outdoor season, and I'm also pleased with David Triassi's personal best in the hammer throw.”
Junior thrower Jeremy Postin came in second in the men's hammer throw, tossing a mark of 65.81m to finish just ahead of teammates David Triassi and David Levin.
On the women's side, reigning SEC women's champion in the javelin, Fawn Miller, came in second. Multi-event athlete Brittany Harrell and thrower Manuela Burtsher each had solid showings in the event.
“Brit is coming off a great performance at NCAAs,” Holloway said. “She threw the javelin today which isn't done indoors, so we're trying to get her ready to compete at Texas Relays next weekend and have her automatically qualify for NCAAs so we can focus on the conference meet.”
In the men's long jump, sophomore Josh Pederson finished fifth with a mark of 7.21m, just .03 meters away from his personal best.
WOMEN'S TENNIS: At Starkville, Miss., the second-ranked Gators earned their ninth shutout win of the season, blanking Mississippi State, 7-0.
Mississippi State (6-8, 0-5 SEC) entered the outing riding a two-match winning streak, but couldn't keep up with the Gators. Florida (12-1, 5-0 SEC) now has a seven-match win streak and will return to Gainesville to play Ole Miss on Sunday at 1 p.m.
MEN'S TENNIS: No. 11 Florida came up short at home against No. 12 Mississippi State, 4-3. After a weather delay interrupted the doubles action for roughly an hour and a half, the Gators could never overtake the Bulldogs after falling behind early in the match.
Florida hits the road for its next match, visiting on Ole Miss on Sunday at 2 p.m.