Roundup: UF softball, lacrosse teams roll
Published: Saturday, March 24, 2012 at 11:52 p.m.
Last Modified: Saturday, March 24, 2012 at 11:52 p.m.
FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. – Fourth-ranked Florida used a three-run fifth inning for a come-from-behind series clincher Saturday, topping Arkansas 3-2 to improve to 28-2 overall, 9-1 in SEC softball play.
Senior Michelle Moultrie smacked her third double of the series, while adding a leadoff homer in the fifth that counted as the first run of the game. Junior Ensley Gammel and freshman Lauren Haeger both went 2-for-3 to contribute to UF's eight hits.
The Razorbacks struck first in Saturday's match-up with a three-hit, two-run third inning, but Florida made the contest its third come-from-behind game of the season, thanks to a three-run fifth inning, powered by Moultrie's leadoff blast.
Haeger earned the nod in the circle for the Gators Saturday, working the first 4.0 innings to improve to 9-1 overall on the year. Haeger fanned four Arkansas batters, walked five and allowed the Razorbacks' two runs on three hits. Sophomore righty Hannah Rogers came on in the fifth to finish out the contest for Florida, earning her third save of the season with three innings of hitless, scoreless relief, retiring five Razorbacks by strikeout and walking just one.
Florida limited Arkansas to just three hits Saturday.
The Gators and Razorbacks play in the series finale today, with first pitch set for noon from Bogle Park in Fayetteville. Florida will be looking for its fifth straight sweep over Arkansas.
Lacrosse: Freshmen Nora Barry and Shannon Gilroy combined for seven points Saturday to help lead Florida past Ohio State, 10-8, in the 2012 American Lacrosse Conference opener.
Florida has now won its past six conference games, going undefeated in ALC play since the start of 2011. The win lifts UF to 10-2 (1-0 ALC), while host OSU drops to 7-2 (0-1 ALC).
Barry led the Gators with four goals on the day, and Gilroy tallied two goals and an assist. Kitty Cullen collected Florida's remaining two assists, and Ashley Bruns, Brittany Dashiell, Caroline Chesterman and Gabi Wiegand each scored a goal apiece.
On the defensive end, Mikey Meagher earned her seventh win of the season, recording seven saves in the complete game while tallying a career-high and team-season-high six ground balls. Jamie Reeg snagged four ground balls and caused two turnovers, and Dashiell added three more ground balls.
In the midfield, Gilroy led the Gators with five draw controls, and Cullen tied her career high with three.
The Gators return home Wednesday night to host Fresno State in their final non-conference matchup of the season. Opening draw is set for 6:30 p.m.
Track and field: It was a productive weekend for the Florida track and field teams at the UCF Invitational in Orlando.
Senior thrower Keely Medeiros had the highest finish of the day for the Gators, placing second in the women's shot put with a toss of 16.52m/54-2.50. Medeiros was also solid in the discus, finishing sixth with a mark of 48.87m/160-4.
The women's discus was big for the Gator women, as junior Ashley Miller came in fourth in the event with a throw of 50.89m/166-11 and junior Kaitlin Davis finished eighth with a toss of 47.45m/155-8 to go along with Medeiros' sixth-place finish.
Sophomore multi-event athlete Brittany Harrell competed in both the high jump and the 100-meter hurdles in preparation for the women's heptathlon at next weekend's Texas Relays. Harrell was strong in both events, finishing sixth in the high jump by clearing 1.68m/5-6 and 13th in the 100-meter hurdles with a time of 14.42.
On the men's side, freshman distance runner Tyler Cardillo turned in one of his best performances of the 2012 season with a fourth-place finish in the men's 800, running to a time of 1:50.37.
“Overall, it was a good effort this weekend,” Florida coach Mike Holloway said . “We had solid efforts across the board. We're looking forward to next week and the Texas Relays.”