Roundup: Softball edges No. 6 Vols in extras
Published: Friday, March 15, 2013 at 11:00 p.m.
Last Modified: Saturday, March 16, 2013 at 12:12 a.m.
Third-ranked Florida softball emerged from an eight-inning battle victorious over No. 6 Tennessee on Friday night, pulling out a 6-5 win in a dogfight series opener at Katie Seashole Pressly Stadium in front of 1,044 fans, UF's largest home crowd of the season.
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Junior Stephanie Tofft drew a bases-loaded RBI walk in the bottom of the eighth to walk things off for Florida, which improved to 26-2 overall this season and 3-1 in Southeastern Conference. Tennessee dropped to 22-5 on the year, 2-2 in league play.
Friday's eight-inning game between Florida and Tennessee marked the second consecutive extra-inning contest between the two squads.
The Gators and Lady Vols went tit-for-tat in the runs column throughout the span of the game until the decisive run in the bottom of the eighth, both squads putting up two spots in the first inning and one run in the fourth, while UF struck with a two-run sixth, followed by Tennessee's two-run seventh to force extras between the two SEC Eastern Division rivals.
Junior Hannah Rogers worked seven innings combined, tossing the first six before being relieved by sophomore Lauren Haeger in the seventh, and then coming back in to finish things out in the eighth by forcing a three up, three down inning for Tennessee. Rogers improved to 14-2 in the circle, giving up just two earned runs and one walk, while fanning three Lady Vols.
Women's golf: At Gainesville, red numbers were hard to come by on the first day of the 2013 SunTrust Gator Women's Invitational, but fifth-ranked Florida utilized its home course advantage and shot a 9-over (289) to finish the first day in third place in the team standings, just four shots back of leader Oklahoma, which finished with a 5-over (285).
Sophomore Camilla Hedberg and junior transfer Elcin Ulu held the top two scores for the Gators the majority of the day with Hedberg leading the way at 1-under 69 after completing her 18 holes to sit in a tie for second place. For the Spanaird, its her team leading 13th even or under par round of the year and her second score of 69 in as many tournaments. Out of the entire 78-player field, Hedberg is one of only six players to shoot under par as she is only one shot back of the leaders, Stephanie Meadow of Alabama and Portland Rosen of Virginia.
Men's golf: At Statesboro, Ga., the No. 8 Gators are in third place after the first round of the Chris Schenkel Invitational. UF recorded an opening round score of 3-under 285 at the Forest Heights Country Club.
Seniors Tyler McCumber and T.J. Vogel both were 2-under par for the first round of play. McCumber tallied one eagle and two birdies against two bogeys. Vogel registered seven birdies against five bogeys. The two are tied with four other golfers for sixth place.
Women's tennis: At Gainesville, UF improved its remarkable home record against SEC opponents to 180-1 all-time after a hard-fought 4-1 victory against No. 12 Georgia at Linder Stadium at the Ring Tennis Complex. The victory didn't come easy for Florida (10-2, 3-1 SEC), which dropped the doubles point for the fifth time this season, as Georgia (10-2, 3-1 SEC) took the quick 1-0 lead in the team scoring.
The Gators won the first set on five of the six courts and seemed to have the early momentum.
Senior Caroline Hitimana gave Florida its first point of the dual match, as she earned a 6-3, 6-1 win against Mia King on court six in 68 minutes. Junior Olivia Janowicz provided the Gators with a 2-1 lead after she downed Makenzie Craft, 6-4, 6-3.
Men's tennis: At Athens, Ga., UF lost at No. 5 Georgia, 4-0, at the Dan Magill Tennis Complex. The Gators fell to 7-6 on the season and are 1-2 in SEC action. Florida's Billy Federhofer and Gordon Watson beat UGA's 39th-ranked pair of Garrett Brasseaux and Nathan Pasha, 8-5, at No. 2 doubles. Georgia won on court three, putting the pressure on the No. 1 doubles match between No. 5-ranked Hernus Pieters and Ben Wagland and Florida's 57th-ranked tandem of Stephane Piro and Bob van Overbeek. After both sides held serve throughout the match to get to 8-8, UGA won the doubles point with a 7-2 decision.