UF roundup: Florida softball rallies past Michigan
Published: Saturday, February 8, 2014 at 11:00 p.m.
Last Modified: Sunday, February 9, 2014 at 12:12 a.m.
The third-ranked Gators continued their winning ways at the USF Wilson-DeMarini Tournament on Saturday, beating No. 4 Michigan in thrilling fashion with a 9-4 win in eight innings.
A day after she picked up the save in her collegiate debut against Illinois State, freshman lefty Delanie Gourley earned her first win with a complete game.
Florida scored all its runs in the final two frames, tying the game with four runs in the seventh inning and five in the eighth.
After loading the bases on three straight singles to start its half of the third inning, Michigan got a grand slam from shortstop Sierra Romero. That was the only scoring in the game until Florida began its rally in the seventh.
The Gators loaded the bases in the seventh, and Aubree Munro began UF's rally with a bases-clearing double to cut the deficit to one at 4-3.
Florida tied the game on a single by Kelsey Stewart that scored pitcher Hannah Rogers.
Kirsti Merritt began the top of the eighth inning on second base, and Bailey Castro brought her home with a double to give UF the lead for good.
Track & Field
At Blacksburg, Va., Florida junior men's sprinter Dedric Dukes capped off his season debut at the Doc Hale Virginia Tech Elite Meet with a win in the 200-meter dash, clocking a 20.93 to take top honors in the race after striking with a career best in the 60-meter dash Friday evening (6.79) at Rector Field House.
Junior thrower Stipe Zunic had a career-best shot put performance (18.57m/60-11.25) in Saturday's action to keep climbing UF's indoor top-10 list, while fellow junior Marquis Dendy added a season-best mark in the triple jump (14.69m/48-2.5) to improve upon his first triple jump outing at the Razorback Invitational last weekend.
No. 4 Florida dropped its season-opening contest at No. 1 North Carolina, 20-8, in Chapel Hill, N.C.
Gators junior midfielder Shannon Gilroy scored four goals, including her 100th career goal at UF, and added an assist. Freshman Sammi Burgess added a goal and two assists against the defending NCAA national champion Tar Heels.
North Carolina took an early 3-0 lead before Burgess and Gilroy scored the first two goals for Florida to cut the Tar Heels' lead to 3-2 with 11:54 left in the first half. North Carolina closed the first half with another three goals, bringing the score to 6-2 entering halftime.
Florida spent more time in the offensive third of the field in the second half, which led to three of Gilroy's goals as well as goals from Sam Darcangelo, Darcy Messina and Mollie Stevens.
The second-ranked and top-seeded Gators were upset, 4-2, by No. 16 Northwestern in the quarterfinals of the ITA National Team Indoor Championships hosted by Virginia.
Florida, which was handed its first loss of the season, also dropped the doubles point for the first time this year after the Wildcats earned wins on courts three and two.
Northwestern then earned a win on court four, before senior Olivia Janowicz put the Gators on the board with a 6-4, 6-3 victory at the No. 1 position.
Freshman Belinda Woolcock evened the dual match at 2-all by earning a 7-6 (3), 6-1 win on court six, however, Northwestern closed out decisions on courts five and two in straight sets to secure the outcome.