Roundup: Rogers no-hits Bulldogs
Published: Friday, April 5, 2013 at 6:01 a.m.
Last Modified: Saturday, April 6, 2013 at 12:27 a.m.
Junior Stephanie Tofft hit a grand slam home run and senior Kelsey Horton hit a three-run shot to support the no-hit pitching of junior Hannah Rogers in leading No. 3 Florida to a 9-1 sixth-inning softball win over Mississippi State on Friday at Katie Seashole Pressly Stadium.
Rogers hurled her first career no-hitter, striking out seven and allowing four walks, as the Gators (37-3, 11-2 SEC) won their 15th consecutive contest against the visiting Bulldogs (23-13, 2-8 SEC) to open the three-game conference series.
Rogers improved to 22-2 with the 11th no-no in program history, the last since Gator All-American Stacey Nelson no-hit Arkansas April 26, 2009. The righty has allowed just three earned runs in her last 38.0 innings pitched in SEC play and has given up just five earned runs in her last 53 innings.
The Gators drew 11 walks and used four hit-by-pitches – including sophomore Briana Little's single-season record-tying 15th – to create base runners. UF has 52 hit-by-pitches this season, seven shy of the school-record 59 in 2006.
Horton and Tofft each drove in four runs.
The two teams play again at 3 p.m. today and noon Sunday.
Women's tennis: Second-ranked Florida began its final home weekend of the regular season with a 7-0 sweep against Ole Miss at Linder Stadium at the Ring Tennis Complex.
The win was the Gator's ninth consecutive as well as their 118th straight win at home, their 123rd regular-season win at home and their sixth in a row against the Rebels (10-10, 4-6 SEC).
Florida (16-2, 9-1 SEC) won the doubles point for the 11th time this year and then used singles victories from Alexandra Cercone, Sofie Oyen, Caroline Hitimana, Lauren Embree, Brianna Morgan and Olivia Janowicz to capture the sweep.
“I thought we were fantastic in doubles and solid in singles,” UF coach Roland Thornqvist said. “It was a really good day for us.”
The Gators next play host to Mississippi State on Sunday beginning at 10 a.m. It is the first half of a Florida tennis double-header, as the men's team entertains Mississippi State 1:30 p.m.
Sunday's women's match is the Gators' regular-season home finale and the team will honor seniors Lauren Embree and Caroline Hitimana in a pre-match ceremony scheduled to begin at 9:45 a.m.
Men's tennis: Florida upset No. 7 Ole Miss, 4-1, in Oxford to improve to 11-8 overall and 5-4 in the SEC.
Florida took advantage early against Ole Miss (13-6, 6-4 SEC), storming out in doubles to take a 1-0 lead. Florent Diep and Gordon Watson paired up for the first time this season and beat the Rebels' William Kallberg and Zach Wilder, 8-3, at No. 3 doubles. Stephane Piro and Bob van Overbeek then clinched the doubles point with an 8-4 win against No. 67 Stefan Lindmark and Johan Backstrom.
Getting singles wins for UF were Florent Diep at No. 2, Bob van Overbeek at No. 3 and Gordon Watson at No. 6.
Lacrosse: No. 3 Florida returns to the friendly confines of Donald R. Dizney Stadium to host No. 17 Johns Hopkins starting at noon today.
Florida (13-1, 1-1 ALC) holds a 16-game home win streak and is 7-0 at home this season.