UF roundup: Softball swept by Vols
Published: Sunday, March 30, 2014 at 11:36 p.m.
Last Modified: Sunday, March 30, 2014 at 11:36 p.m.
The fourth-ranked UF softball team lost a doubleheader at No. 2 Tennessee on Sunday. Florida fell by scores of 7-6 and 5-2.
The first game of the twinbill was suspended midway through the contest due to television obligations, and resumed following the completion of the nightcap.
After Kelsey Stewart led off the opener with a double and Kirsti Merritt gave the Gators a 2-0 lead with a two-run home run to left-center.
The Vols countered with a solo shot in the bottom of the frame, and added a walk and hit-by-pitch with the bases loaded to take a 3-2 lead after one inning.
Tennessee scored another run on a wild pitch in the second.
Merritt led off the following frame with her second homer of the game, trimming the Gators’ deficit to 4-3 before a bases-loaded walk to Taylor Schwarz knotted the score at four. Stewart then gave UF a 6-4 lead with a two-run single that scored Bailey Castro and Schwarz.
When the first game picked up again Tennessee took a 7-6 lead in the bottom of the frame on a solo home run, a bases-loaded hit-by-pitch and a sacrifice fly.
Florida opened the scoring in the second game with a second-inning double from Stewart that plated Stephanie Tofft and Schwarz.
Tennessee pulled ahead 3-2 with three runs in the fourth on a solo home run, an RBI single and a run-scoring groundout and added two more runs for the 5-2 win.
Florida hosts FSU on Wednesday at 6 p.m.
Women’s golf: At Greensboro, N.C., through sleet and wind on the Champions Course, junior Camilla Hedberg led the No. 16 Florida women’s golf team to their ninth-consecutive top-10 finish.
Hedberg carded her lowest round of the event and shot even-par (72) to finish at just 4-over (220) for the tournament.
Although the weather affected all teams, No. 3 Duke finished off the event in first place (882) at 18-over, an impressive 21 strokes ahead of second place No. T12 South Carolina. As a team, Florida took the nine spot on the leaderboard at a final 51-over (915).
“The conditions today were some of the toughest I’ve ever seen in my career, both as a player and as a coach. Camilla’s round was outstanding and she was very patient and smart,” UF coach Emily Glaser said.
UF begins the postseason in Birmingham, Ala., for the SEC Championships, April 18-20.
Women’s tennis: The Gators overpowered LSU, 4-0, at Linder Stadium at Ring Tennis Complex on Sunday.
Florida won its 81st consecutive home match against Southeastern Conference opponents, while extending its overall home winning streak to 129, the longest active streak of any NCAA Division I women’s team in any sport.
Florida’s Kourtney Keegan and Olivia Janowicz never dropped serve and earned an 8-2 victory for the first individual win of the afternoon.
Sofie Oyen and Belinda Woolcock earned an 8-4 win and clinch the doubles point.
Florida was just as focused on the singles courts, where Brianna Morgan, Olivia Janowicz and Alexandra Cercone provided straight-set wins to close out the sweep.
The Gators travel to Mississippi State on Friday.
Men’s tennis: At Baton Rouge, La., No. 15 Florida bounced back and blanked LSU, 4-0, at Dub Robinson Stadium.
With dominant wins at Nos. 1 and 3 doubles, the Gators grabbed the early point over the Tigers.
The momentum from the doubles point kept up into singles play as UF freshman Elliott Orkin tallied another two-set conference win over LSU’s Tam Trinh on court six.
Florida senior Florent Diep notched a win at No. 2 singles followed by freshman Maxx Lipman who clinched the Florida victory at No. 3 singles.
“I’m very proud of how our guys dealt with the disappointment of losing at Arkansas. We played very well today throughout our lineup against LSU. Our guys were ready and executed,” UF coach Bryan Shelton said.
“We learned some good lessons this weekend.”
The Gators continue conference play on Friday as they take on Mississippi State in Starkville at 3 p.m.