Roundup: Bulldogs shut out Gators

Published: Saturday, April 6, 2013 at 7:28 p.m.
Last Modified: Saturday, April 6, 2013 at 7:28 p.m.

STARKVILLE, Miss. — Senior Kendall Graveman hurled a five-hit shutout as No. 17 Mississippi State secured its weekend series with a 2-0 win over Florida in front of a season-high 8,564 fans on Saturday.

Graveman (4-2) surrendered five singles in going the distance for his second consecutive start and the Bulldogs (26-8, 5-6 SEC) made two first-inning runs stand up thanks to turning three double plays against the Gators (14-18, 4-7).

The teams wrap up the series at 2:30 p.m. Sunday.

UF freshman shortstop Richie Martin, who returned to the lineup Friday after suffering a broken finger March 3, saw his 11-game hitting streak come to an end with a 0-for-2 performance.

Lacrosse: Senior attackers Ashley Bruns and Kitty Cullen led No. 3 Florida with five goals apiece in the Gators' 19-9 win over Johns Hopkins at Dizney Stadium.

Bruns and Cullen tied season-highs with six and seven points, respectively, while sophomore midfielder Shannon Gilroy chipped in two goals helping Florida (14-1 overall, 2-1 in American Lacrosse Conference) rebound off a loss last week to Penn State.

“You're always worried how a team is going to respond after a loss and I thought they responded really well today,” UF coach Amanda O'Leary said. “We started off fast out of the locker room, which is exactly what we needed them to do.”

Four Gators scored multiple goals for the largest margin of victory over the Blue Jays (7-5, 1-2 ALC) in their five-game series history. Florida improved to 4-1 all-time over Hopkins, winning the last four meetings.

The Gators are back in action Saturday when they travel to Vanderbilt for their final regular-season road trip. Opening draw is set for 2 p.m.

Softball: Jessica Damico hit a grand slam home run in the sixth inning Saturday to lift No. 3 Florida to a 4-2 SEC softball win over Mississippi State at Katie Seashole Pressly Stadium.

A resilient Gator (38-3, 12-2 SEC) squad battled for its 14th come-from-behind win of the season using Damico's grand slam – Florida's 10th of the season — to top Mississippi State (23-14, 2-9).

Sophomore Lauren Haeger earned the win in the circle to improve to 10-1. After tossing a no-hitter in Friday's series-opener, junior Hannah Rogers came on for her third save with an inning of scoreless relief in the seventh, fanning two of the four batters she faced to close things out for the Gators.

Bailey Castro started the fateful sixth by getting hit by a pitch, then was followed by walks to Taylor Schwarz and Kelsey Horton to set up Damico's blast.

Florida will go for its third SEC series sweep of the season starting at noon Sunday.

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