UF roundup: No. 1 UF softball team remains unbeaten
Published: Tuesday, March 4, 2014 at 11:00 p.m.
Last Modified: Tuesday, March 4, 2014 at 11:00 p.m.
The top-ranked Gator softball team extended its season-opening winning streak to 22 games Tuesday night with a 7-3 win over Boston College at Katie Seashole Pressly Softball Stadium.
The Gators overcame a 2-0 fourth-inning deficit with seven straight runs, allowing just one unearned run to the Eagles in the final inning.
Senior Hannah Rogers improved to 9-0 on the year and allowed two runs on seven hits over five innings, walking three batters and striking out five. Junior Lauren Haeger worked the last two frames, allowing an unearned run with two walks and a strikeout.
Boston College opened the scoring with an RBI single in the top of the first, and added another run in the fourth on an RBI base hit. The Gators knotted the game at two in the bottom of the frame, scoring a pair of runs on an RBI double by Stephanie Tofft and a run-scoring single from Taylor Schwarz.
UF's momentum continued into the fifth, when Bailey Castro plated Kelsey Stewart and Justine McLean on a two-run single. The Gators added three more insurance runs in the sixth on a two-run single by Kristi Merritt and an RBI single from Tofft.
A defensive miscue in the final inning led to a run for the Eagles to cut the Florida lead to 7-3, but BC got no closer against Haeger.
Junior Nora Barry and the No. 5 Florida lacrosse team overcame a four-goal deficit to rally on the road and defeat No. 13 Loyola, 14-13, on Tuesday afternoon at Ridley Athletic Complex.
Barry led the Gators with a season-high five goals, including the game-winning score with 37 seconds left on the clock.
Florida led 9-6 with 21:20 left to play but Loyola responded with seven straight goals to take a 13-9 lead with more than 12 minutes remaining.
The Florida offense was sparked by a goal from Shannon Gilroy with 11:45 on the clock and the Gators proceeded to score the final four points of the game.
“I thought our team remained extremely composed, despite being down four points,” UF coach Amanda O'Leary said. “They stuck it out as a team and worked really hard for the comeback.”
Barry scored her 100th career point to tie the score at 13-13 with 4:22 to play and after running a stall offense, sealed the victory with her fifth goal.
“Nora Barry was unbelievable today, not just the game-winner, but everything else she did for us,” O'Leary said. “Shannon (Gilroy), Carly (Ross) and Sammi (Burgess) all did really well on offense today, as well.”
Florida came away with a ninth-place finish and a final team score of 856, their best of the year, after three rounds at the USF Invitational on Tuesday afternoon.
No. 17 Florida State shot an impressive 24-under (823) today to run away with the tournament title, while No. 21 South Florida came in second (833).
Gators' junior J.D. Tomlinson, an Oak Hall graduate, finished tied for seventh place after firing a new low-round score of 64 and low-tourney score of 207. Tomlinson's previous best round was a 68, which he has achieved three times in his career, including once this past fall. The junior completed play at nine-under, granting him his third top-10 finish of the year for the Gators.
“Well, J.D. just kind of picked us up and carried us to the finish line today,” UF coach Buddy Alexander said. “He played an awesome round of golf.”
Freshman Ryan Orr carded rounds of 71-71-75 (217) to place tied for 44th overall, while junior Eric Banks notched a 73 in his final round after matching a personal-best 68 on Monday.
Sophomore Richard Donegan and freshman Victor Tarnstrom each carded their best performances of the spring with matching scores of 221. Competing as an individual for Florida was redshirt junior Santiago Gavino, who finished the day with a 223 after rounds of 71-76-76.
“The fact that we broke par a couple of days in a row was positive, even though the scoring wasn't that good,” Alexander said. “But we're moving in the right direction, and that's a good sign overall.”
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