UF softball: Lorenz player of week

Florida Gators Amanda Lorenz celebrates after scoring the Florida Gators first run during their home game against the Florida State Seminoles on April 25, 2018. The Florida Gators beat FSU 5-1. [Lauren Bacho/Gainesville Sun]

Amanda Lorenz picked up her second Southeastern Conference Player of the Week honors of the season after she helped the fifth-ranked Florida softball team to a series sweep over No. 19 Mississippi State.

Lorenz paced the Gators with a .636 batting average with a 1.455 slugging and .714 on base percentage. Lorenz set the tone for the weekend against Mississippi State when she blasted a solo home run in the first inning of the first game of the series. She went on to finish the game 4 for 4 and a double shy of hitting for the cycle.

The Moorpark, Calif., native helped clinch the series after breaking a 1-1 tie in the fourth with her second grand slam of the season. Earlier in the week, Lorenz went 1 for 2 against Florida A&M with a double, two runs scored and a pair of RBI.

The No. 5 Gators (41-7) will host No. 8 Florida State (38-8) at Katie Seashole Pressly Stadium at 6 p.m. today in the final installment of the Fresh from Florida Sunshine Showdown. FSU won the previous meeting in Tallahassee 4-1 on April 11.