Roundup: UF softball wins opener over USF
Published: Thursday, February 6, 2014 at 6:01 a.m.
Last Modified: Friday, February 7, 2014 at 12:09 a.m.
TAMPA — The Florida softball team began the 2014 season with a 10-3 win over USF Thursday night at the USF Softball Stadium.
The game was delayed by rain for 25 minutes in the third inning. USF got on the board first with a solo home run from Ta'cola Williams in the first inning, but the Gators stormed back with seven runs in the fourth inning to chase All-American Sara Nevins.
Florida added three more runs in the sixth, but USF extended the game with two runs in its half of the sixth.
UF ace Hannah Rogers began her senior season with a strong effort against the Bulls, pitching a complete game and striking out six batters with no walks. Rogers allowed a triple to USF's Kourtney Salvarola in the third, but worked out of the jam and wasn't tested again until the sixth. On offense, the Gators did not have any extra-base hits, but five singles combined with 11 walks and five hit batters allowed Florida to be patient at the plate.
Briana Little, Kelsey Stewart, Kirsti Merritt and Taylor Schwarz all recorded RBI singles in the fourth while Schwarz earned an RBI on a hit-by-pitch and Aubree Munro brought in a run with a sac fly in the sixth.
Women's basketball: Florida junior Kayla Lewis posted her sixth double-double of the year but Arkansas used 12-0 run late en route to a 55-49 decision against the Gators at Bud Walton Arena Thursday evening.
For the first 34:44 of the game, neither team led by more than four point, however, in the midst of Arkansas' 12-0 run the Razorbacks took a 51-42 lead with 3:41 remaining.
Florida led 42-39 after Lewis completed a three-point-play with 9:14 remaining, before Arkansas went on the game-changing spree that included a pair of three-pointers.
The Gators committed 25 turnovers, the second-most this season, that resulted in 28 points for Arkansas, which had just 12 steals.
Lewis finished with 14 points (5-6 FG) and 10 rebounds, while Jaterra Bonds (Gainesville, Fla.) added 14 points and a career-high nine rebounds. Those were the only two Gators in double-figure scoring, as Florida was held to a season-low 49 points.
“I have to give Arkansas all the credit for the way we played. We did not play Florida basketball today. Tom (Collen) and hit crew were the ones who made that happen. We did rebound the ball better, which is exciting for us, but typically not a strength. In this league when you have 25 turnovers on someone else's home floor you significantly reduce your chances of winning right off the top,” UF coach Amanda Butler said.