Roundup: Fuller's first home run lifts Gators
Florida men's golf team finishes eighth at the Southern Highlands Collegiate Masters.
Published: Sunday, March 10, 2013 at 6:01 a.m.
Last Modified: Monday, March 11, 2013 at 12:05 a.m.
AUBURN, Ala. — Florida used a Taylore Fuller solo shot and a Jess Damico sac fly to take the series at Auburn with a 2-0 victory in the final game of the three-game set at Jane B. Moore Field. The Gators improved to 25-2 (2-1 SEC) on the season, while Auburn moved to 18-7 (1-2 SEC).
Ace Hannah Rogers tossed a three-hit shutout to improve to 13-2 overall this season for the Gators. Rogers fanned two, walked three and let her defense go to work to close out the game.
Fuller, a freshman out of Chiefland High School, accounted for UF's lone hit of the game, putting on a 1-for-2 performance with a walk, run and RBI from her home run, while also putting on a defensive display behind the plate, throwing out an AU runner on the base paths.
Florida drew four free passes Sunday, led by sophomore Briana Little, who was on base three times with a walk and two hit-by-pitches. Little led the Gators at the plate through the past week with a .667 batting clip (6-for-9) with a double, home run, four RBIs, two walks, three hit-by-pitches, a .786 on-base mark, a 1.111 slugging percentage and a stolen base to help aid UF's 3-1 effort this past week.
After Fuller gunned down Emily Carosone to end the second frame, the Gator catcher hit her first career home run in a Gator uniform and take UF up, 1-0.
Florida scratched its second run of the game across home on a Jessica Damico sac fly in the top of the fourth.
Auburn's Lexi Davis moved to 5-3 for the Tigers with the complete-game effort. Davis fanned four and held UF to its one hit and two runs.
Florida returns home and will have a week free of competition before hosting SEC Eastern Division rival Tennessee in the Gators' SEC home opener at Katie Seashole Pressly Stadium March 15-17.
MEN'S GOLF: At Las Vegas, Nev., despite another uncooperative day, weather-wise, the eighth-ranked Gators finished eighth at the Southern Highlands Collegiate Masters at the Southern Highlands Golf Course. UF recorded a final-round 295 (+7) to complete the event in 891 strokes total.
“We played a little better today,” head coach Buddy Alexander said. “We were able to move up the leaderboard.”
For the second time in three days, play was delayed due to weather-related issues. When golfers were finally able to take the course, strong gusts of wind made things difficult for the field.
A.J. Crouch and Eric Banks were able to persist through the conditions and led the Gators on the third and final day. Both golfers recorded a 72 (E) at the par-72, 7,510 yard course.
Tyler McCumber finished the final round at two-over par. McCumber came in 24th place after scoring a 221 (+5) for the three-round event.
T.J. Vogel and J.D. Tomlinson (Oak Hall) were the final two UF participants. Vogel scored a final-round 77 (+5), while Tomlinson was seven-over par on the last day in Las Vegas.
“Golf is a strange game,” Alexander commented.
“Last year, Tomlinson and Vogel were our low scorers and they struggled this year. This year, our four and five guys (Banks and Crouch) did well. We still have a lot of work to do.”
UF will be back in action next weekend at the Chris Schenkel Invitational.
The three-day event will be from March 15-17 at the Forest Heights Country Club in Statesboro, Ga.