UF roundup: Florida softball bounces back from 1st loss
Published: Saturday, March 8, 2014 at 9:00 p.m.
Last Modified: Saturday, March 8, 2014 at 9:00 p.m.
The Florida softball team bounced back on Saturday from its first loss of the season, defeating Ole Miss 10-3 at Katie Seashole Pressly Stadium.
No. 1 Florida (23-1, 1-1 SEC) evened the series at one game apiece to set up a rubber match with the Rebels (15-8, 1-1) in today's finale.
Delanie Gourley earned her eighth win with three scoreless innings in relief of Lauren Haeger.
Florida struck first as Kelsey Stewart hit a leadoff single and stole second, advanced to third on an errant throw and then scored on an error. Ole Miss responded with an RBI groundout in the second, but Haeger drew a bases-loaded walk in the bottom of the frame to score Taylore Fuller and give the Gators a 2-1 lead.
Haeger set the Rebels down in order in the fourth, and the Gators tied the game in the bottom of the inning on an RBI single from Stephanie Tofft.
UF loaded the bases in the fifth with singles from Chelsea Herndon, Justine McLean and Stewart, and Haeger cleared the bases with a three-run hit that put UF ahead 6-3.
The Gators would tack on four more runs on a three-run double by Stewart, scoring McLean, Taylor Schwarz and Herndon.
Briana Little plated Stewart three batters later with a sacrifice fly to center, producing the final margin at 10-3.
The Gators and Rebels play the three-game series finale today at 11 a.m. The game will be televised on Sun Sports and can be heard on AM-1230.
Lacrosse: Shannon Gilroy and Sam Darcangelo led the No. 5 Florida lacrosse team to a dominant 20-4 victory over the Michigan Wolverines to open American Lacrosse Conference play on Saturday afternoon at Donald R. Dizney Stadium.
A total of ten Gators found the back of the net, with Gilroy and Darcangelo each scoring four goals and dishing out an assist.
Darcangelo's five points is a career high for the sophomore. Mollie Stevens tallied three goals, Sammi Burgess notched two goals and Nora Barry added two of her own and an assist for the Gators (7-1, 1-0 in the ALC). Lauren Lea, Carly Ross, Devon Schneider, Carli Marsh and Darcy Messina all contributed goals for UF.
Tess Korten, Kim Coughlan, Anna Schueler and Lauren Oberlander scored goals for Michigan (0-4, 0-1).
“It was another great team win for us. I'm extremely happy with the distribution of goals today; various people stepped up and that was good to see,” Florida coach Amanda O'Leary said.
“I'm excited on how we did in the draw circle, but I'd like to see some improvement on the ground balls. I'm very happy with how Cara (Canington) and Mary-Sean (Wilcox) did in the goal cage.”
Florida hosts Winthrop on Wednesday at 6:30 p.m. at Donald R. Dizney Stadium.
Women's tennis: At Columbia, S.C., second-ranked Florida got its five-match Southeastern Conference road trip off to a strong start that began with Saturday's 4-0 sweep against South Carolina at the Carolina Tennis Center.
The Gators earned the hard-fought doubles point with all three matches earning a decision. UF's Alexandra Cercone and Brianna Morgan captured the inaugural win, 8-4, on court three and after the Gamecocks won on court one, the deciding doubles point came down to court two, where Olivia Janowicz and Kourtney Keegan captured the 8-6 victory and gave Florida (11-2, 3-0 SEC) the early 1-0 lead in the team scoring.
On the singles court, the Gators received straight-set wins from Cercone, 6-4, 6-0, Sofie Oyen, 7-5, 6-2, and Morgan, 6-2, 6-4, to complete the sweep and secure the win over South Carolina (10-4, 1-2). The remaining singles matches were abandoned once the dual match outcome had been secured.
UF travels to Knoxville to play Tennessee on Friday at 4 p.m.
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