Roundup: Florida softball completes FIU sweep
Published: Saturday, April 21, 2012 at 11:00 p.m.
Last Modified: Sunday, April 22, 2012 at 1:00 a.m.
The No. 3/4 Gator softball squad used a six-run, four hit sixth-inning splurge to down FIU, 7-1, Saturday in the series finale between the two Sunshine State squads.
After sweeping a doubleheader Friday, Florida returned Saturday with a nine-hit performance – including two homers – to down the Panthers (24-23) and improve to 41-5 overall on the year with its last non-conference series of the season before buckling down for the remainder of the SEC slate.
Sophomore Cheyenne Coyle rallied for her fourth double of the season to send UF’s first run across home in the bottom of the fifth, but the Panthers countered with a run of their own in the top of the sixth for a 1-1 game. Junior Ensley Gammel snapped the tie to lead off the home half of the inning with a solo shot, giving the Gators momentum for a six-run frame to secure the victory.
Sophomore ace Hannah Rogers earned her second win in as many days in the circle for UF, improving to 24-3 overall with a seven-strikeout performance. Rogers went the distance, giving up just three hits, three walks and one FIU unearned run to complete the day.
For the second time in as many days, freshman Sami Fagan connected for a triple, while Jess Damico smashed her first career homer after Briana Little knocked her first career long ball in Friday action. Fagan finished 2-for-3 with two runs and two RBI while concluding the series against FIU with a .600 batting clip (6-for-10), two triples, six RBI and four runs scored.
Florida got its first run of Saturday’s finale in the fifth. Gammel was quick to take the Gators ahead with a leadoff homer in the sixth to the left-center scoreboard for the 2-1 Gator advantage. Florida added its third run on a Mariah Dawson wild pitch, allowing Medina to cross home as Moultrie walked. Sami Fagan found the left-center gap for her second triple in as many days to bring in two more Gators for a 5-1 lead.
WOMEN’S TENNIS: At Oxford, Miss., top-seeded Florida knocked off fourth-seeded and 16th-ranked Ole Miss, 4-0, on the Rebels home court Saturday and advanced to the championship match of the SEC Tournament.
Third-ranked Florida will play No. 7 Georgia (21-3) for the championship today. The third-seeded Lady Bulldogs defeated second-seeded and 11th-ranked Alabama, 4-2, in their semifinal.
The Gators began the semifinal by winning a hard-fought doubles point, as the teams split results on courts two and three, before Florida’s top-ranked Sofie Oyen and Allie Will earned a 9-8 (7-5) win against fourth-ranked Kristi Boxx and Abby Gutherie.
Florida’s Lauren Embree and Joanna Mather gave the other two doubles teams breathing room after they posted a relatively quick 8-1 win against Gabby Rangel and Erin Stephens.
Ole Miss (17-8) won the first two games on court three and Florida played catch-up the entire match, getting it back on serve a couple times, last at 6-5, before the Rebels held for 6-all and broke on their first opportunity for a 7-6 lead. The Gators held two break points in the next game, but couldn’t take advantage and dropped the 8-6 decision and setting the stage for court one.
Mather came out just as focused on the singles court, where she earned a 6-3, 6-1, victory against Erin Stephens on court three and gave Florida a 2-0 lead.
MEN’S TENNIS: At Starkville, Miss., No. 10 Florida was upset by No. 13 Ole Miss, 4-1, in the quarterfinals of the 2012 SEC Tournament late Friday. With the loss, the Gators will wait for the NCAA Tournament selection announcement to find out their destination for the remainder of the postseason.
MEN’S GOLF: At St. Simon’s Island, Ga., No. 23 Florida shot a second round 278 (-2) to sit at 561 (+1) through two days of the SEC Championships at Sea Island Golf Club. The Gators, who were one of only two teams under par on the day, trail Alabama by 15 strokes heading into today’s final round. Freshman J.D. Tomlinson, a former standout at Oak Hall, led the Gators on the day firing a 2-under, 68. For the championships, junior T.J. Vogel sits at 3-under after a second round 70, good for fourth place.
WOMEN’S GOLF: At Fayetteville, Ark., the No. 15 Gators enter the final round of the 2012 SEC Women’s Golf Championship in fourth place after a second round 305 (+17). Florida has a two-day total of 612 (307-306,+36) at the Blessings Golf Club. Freshman Camilla Hedberg leads the team with a 36-hole score of 150 (76-74, +6). Hedberg carded three birdies against three bogeys and one double-bogey on her way to a two-over 74.