UF roundup: Gators nip Huskies 1-0 in extras
Published: Friday, March 7, 2014 at 6:01 a.m.
Last Modified: Saturday, March 8, 2014 at 12:06 a.m.
Junior Casey Turgeon delivered a game-winning, two-out single in the 11th inning to score junior Josh Tobias from second base with the game's lone run as Florida (8-6) nipped UConn (4-6), 1-0, in the opener of the teams' weekend series at McKethan Stadium on Friday night.
In the 11th, Tobias (3 for 4) led off with a single up the middle off of Huskies' freshman Patrick Ruotolo (1-1). Facing freshman reliever Anthony Kay, freshman Buddy Reed laid down a sacrifice bunt that moved Tobias into scoring position.
After sophomore Richie Martin lined out to second base, ending his hitting streak at a career-high 17 games, Turgeon (2 for 3, two walks) roped a 2-0 offering into right field that brought home Tobias with the winning run.
Freshman starter Logan Shore hurled a career-high seven scoreless innings and allowed only a pair of singles, with four strikeouts and a walk. Over 20 innings to begin his career, he has permitted one earned run and boasts a 0.45 ERA.
Four other pitchers turned in scoreless outings for Florida, junior Bobby Poyner (0.2 IP, 1 H), junior Ryan Harris (2.0 IP, 2 H), freshman Kirby Snead (Santa Fe H.S.) (0.2 IP) and sophomore Eric Hanhold (0.2 IP, 1 H).
Hanhold (2-1) picked up the win as the Gators posted their third shutout of the season, one more than all of last spring.
The Gators and the Huskies will play the second game of the series on Saturday at 3 p.m.
Freshman lefty A.J. Puk (1-1, 4 70) will oppose UConn senior southpaw Anthony Marzi (1-1, 2.16) in the second game of the series at 3 p.m. on Saturday, and redshirt junior righty Karsten Whitson (1-0, 4.50) will meet UConn senior right-hander Brian Ward (1-2, 2.76) in Sunday's finale at 1 p.m. Both games can be heard on AM-850.
Softball: Florida suffered its first loss of the season Friday night at Katie Seashole Pressly Stadium, falling 2-0 to Ole Miss in the Southeastern Conference opener for both teams.
The contest was a pitchers' duel as Florida's Hannah Rogers and Ole Miss' Carly Hummel both had five strikeouts apiece for the first three innings.
The Rebels got on the board first with a pair of doubles in the top of the fourth. The Gators loaded the bases in the bottom of the frame on an error, a walk and a hit-by-pitch, but could not bring anyone around to score.
Ole Miss loaded the bases against Rogers with two outs in the fifth, but the three-time All-American induced a groundout to end the threat.
Sophomore Kelsey Stewart singled in the bottom of the inning and then stole second and took third on a throwing error, but the Gators couldn't convert it into a run.
The Rebels added another run in the sixth on a solo home run, producing the final margin in Ole Miss' 2-0 win.
The Gators' SEC-opening series against Ole Miss continues Saturday at 2 p.m. at Katie Seashole Pressly Stadium.
Sunday's game against the Rebels is an 11 a.m. start and will be televised on Sun Sports.
Both games can be heard on AM-1230.
Track & field: At Birmingham, Ala., under the tutelage of 2014 SEC Indoor Women's Coach of the Year Mike Holloway, the Gator track and field program boasts the 2014 SEC Indoor Men's Runner of the Year (Arman Hall), Co-Women's Runner of the Year (Cory McGee) and Women's Freshman Runner of the Year (Rebekah Greene), along with 22 combined All-SEC selections, as announced by the SEC office Friday afternoon.
A total of 10 Florida men's track & field athletes picked up All-SEC honors, highlighted by first-team members Eddie Lovett and Hall, while eight men's athletes were named to the second team, including freshmen Andres Arroyo and Nick Uruburu, who also garnered All-Freshman Team honors. On the women's side, 11 Gators were tabbed All-SEC selections — nine on the first team — including Greene, who also accompanied freshman Skylar Ross-Ransom, Florida's 12th honoree, on the All-Freshman squad. Juniors Jayla Bostic and Taylor Burke were both second-team selections.
Lacrosse: No. 5 Florida (6-1) will play its first conference game of the season today at 1 p.m. as they host the Michigan Wolverines on the grounds of Donald R. Dizney Stadium.
Florida returns to Dizney after a successful two-game road trip to Stony Brook and Loyola.
The Gators moved up two spots to No. 5 in the IWLCA Poll after defeating now No. 18 Stony Brook, 14-1, then hit the road and escaped No. 12 Loyola with a 14-13 comeback win.
Michigan, which is in its inaugural season, has opened with an 0-3 record. At the helm of the Wolverines' program is Jenny Ulehla, who was an assistant coach at Florida from 2008-2010, helping coach Amanda O'Leary establish the program and lead the Gators in their first season.