In this file photo, Delanie Gourley gives her catcher Jordan Roberts high fives in a game against Maryland. On Saturday, Gourley combined with starter Aleshia Ocasio to limit Liberty to just two hits.

UF Roundup: Gator softball team takes two more at Citrus Classic

Special to the Sun
Saturday, February 25, 2017 10:33 PM

KISSIMMEE – The Florida softball team improved to 14-1 after a pair of wins against Liberty and Elon on the second day Saturday of the Diamond 9 Citrus Classic held at the ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex.

The Gators won their second extra-innings game of the year with a 2-1 win in 10 innings against Liberty (7-5) to open the day then exploded for 11 runs on a season-high 15 hits in five-inning shutout over Elon (7-4).

In Game 1, Florida pitching continued to excel as starter Aleshia Ocasio and relief pitcher Delanie Gourley (6-1) limited the Flames to just a pair of hits over the duration of the contest. Liberty’s only run came in the top of the ninth inning, when the international tiebreaker (ITB), where a runner starts on second base in extra frames, was in effect. The lone Liberty run scored via a sacrifice fly by Sarah Robertson, which plated Channing Cox.

The Gators responded immediately with a run of their own to tie the contest 1-1 in the bottom of the inning. Senior Justine McLean, placed on second base to start the inning via the ITB rule, set the table for redshirt freshman Sophia Reynoso. Reynoso reached in the following at-bat as she was hit by the pitch and Kvistad followed up with a single to left, which loaded the bases for freshman Jaimie Hoover.

With a 2-2 count at the plate, Hoover tied the game with a sacrifice fly to right that allowed the speedy McLean to race home.

In the 10th, the Gators placed DeWitt on second base with freshman Katie Chronister at the plate. Chronister delivered a bunt that moved DeWitt to third. Chelsea Herndon, who had reached base safely in all four of her previous plate appearances that included an intentional walk in the eighth, ripped the game-winning RBI single down the right-field line and scored DeWitt.

After Florida had recorded only four hits in the pitchers' duel in the game against Liberty, the team had 15 against Elon.

The top of the order did the most damage as the trio of Lorenz, Reynoso and Kvistad accounted for 10 hits. Reynoso and Kvistad were each a perfect 4-for-4 at the plate while Reynoso also accounted for four RBIs.

UF plays Lehigh at 9:30 a.m. Sunday to close out the tourney.

SEC Indoor Track Championships: At Nashville, Tenn., Arkansas swept the men's and women's team titles. This marks the third straight title for the Arkansas women and the fifth in the last six years for the Arkansas men. Arkansas scored 98 points in the men's division to beat Alabama by five points. Florida, Mississippi and Texas A&M tied for third with 76 points each.

The Arkansas women scored 106 1/2 points. LSU was second with 94, followed by Kentucky (72), Georgia (64) and Ole Miss (61 ½).

Florida's KeAndre Bates and Missouri's Karissa Schweizer won the Cliff Harper Trophy, given to the top individual scorers in the men's and women's divisions.

Senior half-miler Andres Arroyo briefly lost his lead in the 800-meter final, but used an outside pass and a strong kick down the homestretch to win his first individual SEC title with a time of 1:47.18.

Bates, who won the long jump title Friday night, took the triple jump title by 20 centimeters over national leader Clive Pullen of Arkansas.

Freshman Grant Holloway became the second freshman since 2000 to win the 60-meter hurdles title, joining Gator Great Eddie Lovett (2011) as the only other man to do it during that span.

In the final event of the night, the men's 4x400 relay quartet of Kunle Fasasi, Holloway, Eric Futch and TJ Holmes clocked a runner-up time of 3:02.73, which broke the previous school record of 3:03.50.

Freshman Clayton Brown was the only other Gator to earn an All-SEC honor, as he finished third in the triple jump.

The women collected a trio of All-SEC accolades in the form of Sharrika Barnett (400 meters), Yanis David (triple jump), and the women's 4x400 relay team of Brandee' Johnson, Destinee Gause, Taylor Sharpe, and Barnett. All three took second place in their events.

On Friday night, Bates' first-ever SEC title highlighted what was otherwise a lackluster opening night for the Gators. Bates captured the long jump title with a leap of 8.04 meters (26 feet, 4.5 inches).

Bates' win marks the 14th SEC indoor long jump title in school history. No other SEC program has won more than 10. It is also the seventh title since 2003, Mike Holloway's first year as the men's coach.

Women's basketball: Florida (13-15, 4-11 SEC) plays host to Georgia (15-13, 7-8) in the final regular-season game for both teams Sunday starting at noon. The game will be televised by ESPNU.

Florida's two seniors — Tyshara Fleming and Ronni Williams — will be honored in a postgame ceremony for their contributions to the team

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