UF roundup: Gator softball sweeps Mercer in doubleheader

Published: Wednesday, March 12, 2014 at 11:53 p.m.
Last Modified: Wednesday, March 12, 2014 at 11:53 p.m.

The top-ranked Gator softball team earned two wins Wednesday in a doubleheader sweep of Mercer.

Florida (26-1) took the first game 8-0 (5 innings) and won the second contest 1-0. Senior Hannah Rogers improved to 10-1 with a shutout in the opener, and freshman Delanie Gourley earned the win in the second game to run her record to 10-0 on the year.

Briana Little started the scoring in game one as she singled in the second, stole second base, then stole home two batters later on a double steal. Florida added two more runs in the third inning on a two-run single by Kirsti Merritt that brought in Lauren Haeger and Stephanie Tofft.

Taylor Schwarz led off the fourth with an infield single, and scored on an RBI-single by Kelsey Stewart to make the lead 4-0. The Gators notched three more runs in the fifth to end the game by mercy.

The nightcap was a pitchers' duel. Gourley and Mercer's Julia Rice both fired blanks for six innings before the Gators broke through with a run in the seventh.

Gourley stranded runners in four of the seven innings. She got a heads-up play from her defense in the first inning when Stewart alertly threw home to erase Mercer's leadoff hitter, who had singled and advanced to third on another base hit.

After Herndon led off the bottom of the seventh with a triple to right, Mercer intentionally walked Haeger and Tofft to load the bases for Merritt. The sophomore drew a walk of her own to give the Gators the walk-off victory.

LACROSSE:Shannon Gilroy and the No. 4 Florida lacrosse team tied three program records during their 21-5 defeat of Winthrop on Wednesday evening at Donald R. Dizney Stadium. Gilroy scored four free-position goals, which tied the Florida record most FPGs in a single game. As a team, the Gators scored seven free-position goals and turned the ball over just five times, tying both program single-game records.

Florida (8-1) took control quickly, cruising to a 9-1 lead over Winthrop (2-4) in the first 10 minutes of the game. Gilroy led all scorers with five points, and a total of 11 Gators found the back of the net. After working their way to a 17-3 lead before halftime, the Gators slowed the pace of the game in the second half, outscoring the Eagles 4-2.

“It was another great team win tonight,” Florida coach Amanda O'Leary said. “I thought Winthrop came out and competed really hard. Again we saw lots of different scorers for us. I thought Taylor (Bresnahan) played really well. She did well defensively, on the draw and transitioning the ball into the offensive end.”

Next up, the Gators will travel to face No. 3/2 Syracuse on Saturday at noon.

MEN'S SWIMMING AND DIVING: Top-ranked Florida has individually qualified 14 men and all five relays for the NCAA Championships, as announced by the NCAA. The SEC Championship squad is made up of four seniors, five juniors, three sophomores and two freshmen.

Arthur Frayler, Sebastien Rousseau, Mitch D'Arrigo, Eduardo Solaeche-Gomez, Marcin Cieslak, Connor Signorin, Corey Main, Matt Elliott, Carlos Omana, Pawel Werner, Dan Wallace, Matt Curby, Brad deBorde and Jack Blyzinskyj will represent the Gators at the three-day meet beginning March 27, in Austin, Texas.

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