UF Roundup: No. 16 Louisiana hands No. 2 Gators first softball loss

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LAFAYETTE, La. — Casidy Chaumont drilled a two-run home run in the bottom of the 11th inning Sunday to lift No. 16 Louisiana to a 4-3 win over No. 2 Florida.

The blast came off UF pitcher Aleshia Ocasio (4-1), who came in after starter Kelly Barnhill went the first three innings and left with the game tied at 2-2.

Amanda Lorenz gave Florida (8-1) a 2-0 lead in the second inning with a two-run single.

The Ragin Cajuns (7-2) tied it in the third inning.

The game remained deadlocked until the top of the 11th, when Hannah Adams doubled in Ocasio, who had walked.

In the home half, Lousiana got a one-out single before Chaumont’s blast to left center to helped salvage the final game of the three-game set after Florida captured both ends of a doubleheader Saturday, winning by scores of 4-0 and 9-0.

Florida returns home for a midweek doubleheader against Oakland University at 4 p.m. Wednesday.

Men’s golf: The Gators finished runner-up to Vanderbilt at the SunTrust Gator Invitational at Mark Bostick Golf Course. Florida shot 2-under in the final round to finish 9-under for the tournament. It is the best finish for Florida since winning the tournament in 2011 and best since J.C. Deacon took over the program.

“We just didn’t have our best stuff this week,” Deacon said. “We tried really hard. I can give it to all of the guys that our effort level was there. We just didn’t have it. We weren’t good enough. We’ve got to be better if you’re going to beat teams like Vanderbilt.

“They have been a high-level team for a long time and you’ve got to have your best stuff. We just didn’t have it.”

Florida had four players place in the top 25 of the leaderboard including Gordon Neale, who was the top finisher in the lineup. Neale at 4-under par was tied for eighth in the tournament.

Vandy shot 822 (-18). Missouri’s Hayden Buckley captured the individual title. The senior, ranked No. 4 by Golfweek entering the event, earned his third win of the season after closing in 64 to jump from a tie for 10th and four back to a one-shot win.

Women’s basketball: Dyandria Anderson, Paulina Hersler and Haley Lorenzen guided the Gators to an 88-71 win over Vanderbilt (6-22, 2-12 SEC) at the O’Connell Center.

The senior trio, along with injured Gabby Seilers, was recognized in a pregame ceremony and then went to work on the court, scoring Florida’s first nine points en route to combining for 50 of the Gators’ total offensive output. Lorenzen finished with 18 points and Hersler and Anderson both with 16.

Junior Funda Nakkasoglu took game scoring honors with 25 points, as she continued her torrid pace from beyond the arc, knocking down 7-of-13 as Florida hit 12-of-30 overall – the team’s 11th game this season with double-digit treys.

Sophomore guard Delicia Washington, who didn’t even know if she was going to play until less than an hour before tip-off after an ankle injury during Thursday’s game at Texas A&M, flirted with a triple-double, recording nine points, nine rebounds and eight assists in 25 minutes of action.

Florida (11-16, 3-11 led by as many as 26 points with 6:47 remaining in the game, as the Gators snapped a six-game slide, all of which came during a six-game run against nationally-ranked opponents.

Women’s golf: At New Orleans, Gators started the Allstate Sugar Bowl clicking up and down the lineup. Within the first six hole, Florida was 7-under par and had a five shot lead over the field.

In all, the Gator starting five had 10 birdies on the front nine. Taylor Tomlinson would add one of the two eagles on the course Sunday as Florida was 5-under at the turn.

With the help of a 2-under back nine from Marta Perez, Florida held at 5-under to have a one shot lead at the end of day one. Perez (T5, -2) and Tomlinson (T9, -1) were two of four Gator golfers near the top of the leaderboard as they had four in the top 10.

Men’s tennis: At Seattle, Florida concluded the 2018 Intercollegiate Tennis Association National Indoor Championship against the University of Illinois, falling to the Illini 4-0 and going 1-2 in the three days. Florida will be back in action March 2 when it begins SEC play and return to playing outside. The Gators will welcome Georgia to Gainesville with first serves scheduled for 6 p.m.

2 COMMENTS

  1. Softball – while “watching” the game on “stat”, couldn’t help but wonder why a relief pitcher wasn’t brought in to close after the Gators took the lead in the 11th. Ocasio had to be tired at that stage.

  2. Well, the ladies (softball) aren’t invincible but they are still real darn good (and more fun to watch than or football or men’s basketball teams). Losing away at the #16 team once is not bad. I always think the occasional struggle or loss is good for the long term. Helps keep the fire lit. Let’s hope it works that way for these ladies. Go Gators!