Roundup: Gator softball game suspended at Georgia


Published: Friday, March 30, 2012 at 11:55 p.m.
Last Modified: Friday, March 30, 2012 at 11:55 p.m.

ATHENS, Ga. — After two rain delays under cloudy and threatening skies in Athens, No. 4 UF softball’s series-opener with No. 9/10 Georgia was halted in the top of the seventh inning, with UGA holding a 3-0 advantage over Florida.

The Gators and Bulldogs will finish up the inning this afternoon at 2 p.m. prior to first pitch in game two of the series, slated for 2:30 p.m. The Gators will pick up with junior pinch-hitter Sam Holle on first base with one out. The game will be broadcast on 104.9 FM.

A crowd of 1,262 came out to Jack Turner Stadium on Friday to watch the series-opening Florida-Georgia match-up. Through the six frames, the Gators tallied five hits to the Bulldogs’ three, but stranded seven runners on base.

Through six innings before the final delay, Florida sophomore ace Hannah Rogers had tossed a three-hitter, allowed two earned runs, walked one Bulldog and struck out four. Likewise, senior Erin Arevalo went the first six innings and started the seventh for Georgia. Arevalo had given up five Gator hits, walked one, and retired six Gators by strikeout when the game was halted.

Women’s Tennis: At Auburn, Ala., the No. 2-ranked Florida women’s tennis team earned a hard-fought 7-0 sweep against Auburn at the Yarbrough Tennis Center.

“This was a greatly improved Auburn team and they gave us a real battle,” UF head coach Roland Thornqvist said. “It was a four hour and 15 minute, 7-0 sweep. I’ve never been involved with a match like that before today. I thought we played well and were resilient. Overall, I thought it was a really good tennis match and performance.”

The Gators next travel to Tuscaloosa, where the team faces Southeastern Conference Western Division Leader and 13th-ranked Alabama (13-2, 7-0 SEC) on Sunday beginning at 2 p.m. The Gators (14-1, 7-0 SEC) and Crimson Tide are the only two remaining undefeated teams in conference play.

Florida halted Auburn’s run of having won the doubles point in its last three matches, as well as in five of its last six entering Friday’s match against the Gators, who jumped out on court No. 1 where the 13th-ranked pair of Lauren Embree and Joanna Mather earned an 8-2 win in the first decision of the afternoon.

The Gator tandem of juniors Caroline Hitimana and Allie Will, playing together for the first time ever, captured the decisive doubles victory with an 8-2 win against the 36th-ranked pair of Jen Pfeifler and Paulina Schippers.

Florida then secured the sweep of all three doubles matches when Alexandra Cercone and Olivia Janowicz defeated Plamena Kurteva and Taylor Schreimann, 9-8 (7-3).

In singles action against the Tigers (8-8, 3-4 SEC), Florida posted a handful of individual milestone victories en route to winning its 32nd consecutive SEC regular-season match.

Men’s Tennis: Eleventh-ranked Florida picked up a key Southeastern Conference victory, beating No. 15 Auburn, 7-0, at Linder Stadium at Ring Tennis Complex. The Gators improved to 11-7 overall and 4-3 in the conference.

“I’ve got to give credit to Auburn because today’s match was definitely closer than the final score indicates,” said head coach Andy Jackson. “We’re getting a little bit better and that’s good. We’re looking forward to playing again on Sunday against Alabama.”

Florida started off with an 8-4 win at No. 2 doubles, as Bob van Overbeek and Spencer Newman beat Dennis Lengsfeld and Lucas Lopasso.

The Gators return to action on Sunday, hosting Alabama at 1 p.m.

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