Florida’s No. 7-ranked softball team got off to an impressive start Friday at the Mary Nutter Collegiate Classic in Palm Springs, Calif. The Gators edged No. 5 Arizona and No. 25 Northwestern by identical 3-2 scores.
Kendyl Lindaman drilled an RBI single in the sixth inning to provide the difference for the Gators over the Wildcast (11-3).
Charla Echols and Hannah Adams hit solo home runs to support the pitching of starter Rylee Trlicek (5-0) and reliever Natalie Lugo (third save).
Later Friday, the Gators improved to 14-1 with the win over Northwestern when Adams drilled a two-run single in the bottom of the seventh inning.
After Northwestern took a 1-0 lead in the sixth, Lindaman knotted the score in the home half with a solo home run.
Lacrosse: No. 4 Florida (2-0), coming off a win against then-No. 1 Maryland last Saturday, stays in Top-25 competition at noon Saturday by playing the 12th-ranked Loyola Greyhounds (2-0) at Donald R. Dizney Stadium.
SEC swimming and divining: At Auburn, Ala., event titles from Kieran Smith and Khader Baqlah pushed the Florida men to a lead after the third day of competition at the 2020 SEC Championships at the James E. Martin Aquatics Center.
The Gators scored 299.5 points during Thursday night’s finals to overtake first-place with 694.5 points over three finals sessions. Texas A&M sits behind them in second-place with 538.5, with Georgia sitting in third (493.5 points).
Smith claimed his second conference title in Auburn with a winning 400 IM swim of 3:37.31.
The time stands as the fastest in the NCAA this season, the second-fastest swim in program history and smashes his previous personal-best by almost three full seconds.
A 200 free swim of 1:32.05 helped Baqlah securing his second career SEC title in the event by just .38 seconds. In the finals, he would cut down 1.77 seconds from his morning swim that slotted him as the fifth-seed.
The A-cut time would set a new season-best for the senior, and stands .09 seconds from a personal-best.
Smith wasn’t the only Gator to make an appearance on the 400 IM podium as Grant, Sanders and Robert Finke finished in second and third to claim a clean medal sweep.
The UF women reeled in a trio of medals Thursday night to remain in second place for the second straight day with 585.5 points, just 47 points behind the leader, Tennessee (632.5 points). Kentucky rounds out the leaderboard in third with 491.5 points.
Vanessa Pearl and Sherridon Dressel led the Gators in the pool with their individual medals on the third day of competition.
Pearl claimed a runner-up bid in the 400 IM with a new season-best swim of 4:04.61. The time would set stand as the fourth-fastest time in the NCAA this season and meets B-cut standards .
Dressel swam the third-fastest 100 fly swim in Florida history to claim a bronze medal and a lifetime-best effort of 51.20.
For the first time of her career, Elizabeth Perez secured a podium finish at the SEC Championships. She would earn a silver medal with her runner-up tally of 346.50, which was just 7.25 points from a first-place bid.
Friday night’s competition finished past Sun deadlines.