Roundup: Gator softball throws combined no-hitter to sweep South Carolina

In this file photo, Delanie Gourley pitches against Maryland in February. Gourley and Aleshia Ocasio combined to no-hit South Carolina Sunday.

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Published: Sunday, March 19, 2017 at 7:05 p.m.
Last Modified: Sunday, March 19, 2017 at 7:05 p.m.

COLUMBIA, S.C. – Delanie Gourley and Aleshia Ocasio linked up for the fifth combined no-hitter in Florida softball history during a 10-0 rout over five innings Sunday to complete the sweet over South Carolina. Gourley (11-1) threw four innings, while Ocasio took over in the circle to finish the final inning.

The Gators (26-1, 5-0 SEC) last combined no-hitter occurred on May 8, 2010, when the duo of Stephanie Brombacher and Erin Schuppert manufactured one against South Carolina.

The bats came alive in the third inning against the Gamecocks (19-10, 1-5), as Florida scored all the runs it would need when Sophia Reynoso hit a two-run home run and Jaimie Hoover a three-run triple for a 5-0 lead.

"I was really proud of our pitching staff; to only give up one run on the road, in the SEC, is an outstanding task to accomplish," UF coach Tim Walton said.


Gators rally to win Schenkel Invitational

STATESBORO, Ga. — The Florida men's golf team clinched its fourth tournament title of the year Sunday at the Schenkel Invitational. The Gators carded a 282 (-6) for the third day in a row to finish at 846 (-18) for the weekend, which is the second-lowest score the team has posted all season. It marks UF's fourth Schenkel Invitational title.

Sophomore Sam Horsfield carded a 72 (-2) on the final day to finish in third place at 207 (-9), best on the team.

“I know it's our fourth team victory of the year, but this one is different," UF coach J.C. Deacon said. "We had to come from way back. Only the guys in our room will really know it, but we've been going through a lot of adversity and for the guys to come out and play the way they did today, hit the clutch shots when they did today was incredibly rewarding for me to see. I am so happy for them. It was an amazing day, really special.”


Road woes doom Florida at Auburn

AUBURN, Ala. — Florida's offense looked improved early, but it wasn't enough in the end Sunday, as Auburn won 6-5 on an errant throw in the ninth that allowed the winning run to score.

Florida (13-8, 0-3 SEC) had a 4-1 lead in the top of the third, but Auburn (17-5, 3-0) tied it up in the bottom of the third on three unearned runs. The Gators (0-6 on the road) also had a 5-4 lead, but the Tigers tied it in the seventh and took home the win in the bottom of the ninth.


Gators power past Vols

Immediately following Friday's tough loss that ended the nation's longest active home winning streak, Florida coach Roland Thornqvist said his Gators would be hungry in their next match. The No. 1 Gators backed up the words of their coach, as they returned to the court less than 48 hours from that setback and played like an entirely different team in a 4-0 win against Tennessee (14-6, 1-5 SEC) on a windy Sunday at the Ring Tennis Complex.

The Gators (14-1, 4-1 SEC) needed 20 minutes to win the doubles point, as the teams of Anna Danilina and Ingrid Neel, and Josie Kuhlman and Belinda Woolcock blanked their respective opponents.

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