UF roundup: Gators rout Aggies in 5 innings
Published: Saturday, April 19, 2014 at 10:00 p.m.
Last Modified: Sunday, April 20, 2014 at 12:01 a.m.
COLLEGE STATION, Texas — The No. 5 Florida softball team earned a mercy-rule 17-4 win over No. 21 Texas A&M on Saturday.
Four Florida (39-8, 10-7 SEC) hitters recorded multiple RBIs in the game in support of pitcher Delanie Gourley, who ran her record to 13-1 on the season after she allowed three earned runs on five hits over four innings, with two walks and four strikeouts. The Aggies dropped to 29-16, 9-11.
Florida got on the board in the first with a two-run home run from Kirsti Merritt, who took Aggie starter Katie Marks out to center following a leadoff single by Kelsey Stewart.
The Gators erupted for 11 runs in the second inning. Briana Little led off the frame with a double to left and Taylor Schwarz was hit by a pitch to set up a three-run home run by Taylore Fuller. Kathlyn Medina followed with an infield single and Stewart reached on a bunt before Stephanie Tofft brought them both home with a double. The senior later scored on a fielding error by Texas A&M's second baseman. An RBI single from Schwarz and a hit-by-pitch loaded the bases for Medina, who blasted a grand slam to left-center to make the score 13-0.
UF goes for the series sweep starting at 1 p.m.
Men's tennis: Florida (15-8) fought for more than three hours and eventually brought down Vanderbilt, 4-2, on their home court of Brownlee O. Currey Jr. Tennis Center in Nashville, Tenn., in the SEC tournament semifinals. The No. 4 seed Gators, who advanced to the tournament finals for the first time since 2011, takes on No. 2 seed Texas A&M at 2 p.m. today for the championship. The Aggies (23-6) defeated Kentucky 4-1 in the other semifinal.
UF took the lead early with dominant doubles play, as freshmen Maxx Lipman and Elliott Orkin clinched the doubles point. Lipman and Orkin quickly lifted the score to 3-0, Florida, with wins at Nos. 3 and 5 singles.
The match was far from over, as Vanderbilt (16-10) fought back with two two-set wins of its own on courts one and two to cut Florida's lead, 3-2. It was senior Mike Alford who grinded out the three-set deciding match to allow the Gators to advance. Women's tennis: History was made Friday night in Columbia, Mo., at the SEC tournament when for the first time in the 27-year history of the event the Gators, the four-time defending tourney champions, failed to reach the semifinals.
Florida lost a hard-fought 4-3 decision to Texas A&M in the quarterfinals at the Mizzou Tennis Complex. The match started two hours and 35 minutes late due to the length of the three prior dual matches.
The fourth-ranked Gators (19-5) were close to capturing the important doubles point, but Texas A&M (19-5) rallied and snatched it and took that momentum on the singles courts, where the eighth-ranked Aggies seemed to win all of the big points en route to winning three first sets. UF now awaits the NCAA Tennis Selection Show on April 29.
Track and field: The No. 1/2 Florida track and field team put a punctuation mark on the Tom Jones Memorial Invitational at Percy Beard Track.
The Gators won eight events, including five field events (Kyle Strawn and Jayla Bostic in the hammer throws, Taylor Burke in high jump, Ciarra Brewer in the triple jump and Marija Vucenovic in the javelin). On the track, UF won both 800-meter races (Agata Strausa and Ryan Schnulle) and the 1500-meter by Andres Arroyo.
Women's golf: A pair of Vanderbilt golfers are among three individuals at the top of the leaderboard Saturday and the Commodores hold a six-shot lead in the team race following the second day of the SEC Golf Championship at Greystone Golf and Country Club in Hoover, Ala.
Vanderbilt fired a second-round best of 287 to lead the field with a two-round nine-over-par total of 585 (298-287). Arkansas is in second place with a 15-over-par two-round total of 591 (294-297), while LSU is in third place with a 16-over-par 592 (295-297).
UF is seventh 7th with 603 (304-299) at 27 over.
Vanderbilt's Simin Feng (73-70) and Jenny Hahn (71-72), along with Alabama's Janie Jackson (68-75) lead the individual race with 1-under-par scores of 143. Florida's Maria Torres (72-73) is tied for fifth place at 1-over-par 145.
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