UF Roundup: West Coast trip productive for Gators softball
FULLERTON, Calif. – The No. 3 Florida softball team is rolling through the Judi Garman Classic, going 3-0 entering the late Friday game against No. 7 UCLA.
On Thursday, senior Delanie Gourley stole the show in the opening game of the tourney on the campus of Cal State Fullerton. The Lakeside, Calif., native threw just 62 pitches and struck out 12 Hawkeyes in the 8-0 win over Iowa.
Gourley (7-1) faced the minimum of 15 batters in the run-rule effort. Only a trio of Hawkeyes were able to connect and put the ball into fair territory for the Gators defense, none of which was threatening enough to cause concern.
In the second game late Thursday, sophomore pitcher Kelly Barnhill followed up with her third one-hitter of the season in a 17-0 rout against Long Beach State. Barnhill (7-0) faced one batter over the minimum with nine strikeouts and no walks.
In Friday's first game, it was more stellar pitching, this one from Aleshia Ocasio (3-0), as UF beat No. 23 Cal 4-0. Ocasio and Barnhill combined on a three-hitter. Kayli Kvistad and Nicole DeWitt hit home runs to supply the offense.
Gators blank LSU
in SEC opener
BATON ROUGE, La. - Top-ranked Florida gave coach Roland Thornqvist a perfect birthday gift - a sweep in its SEC women's tennis opener Friday, when the Gators defeated LSU, 6-0.
Florida was playing a dual match for the first time since a 4-1 win against reigning NCAA champion Stanford on Feb. 19 and showed little rust in its return to competition. LSU fell to 7-3.
The Gators opened with strong performances on the doubles courts, taking the wins on courts No. 2 and 3 by scores of 6-2 and 6-4, respectively.
Florida (10-0) was even more impressive on the singles court, where it won the first three matches and clinched the dual match by dropping a combined total of just eight games. The Gators then tacked on two mores wins to close the 6-0 win.
Josie Kuhlman began with a double-bagel win at the No. 4 spot, before Brooke Austin captured the win on court five and Belinda Woolcock provided the clincher with a 6-2, 6-1 decision and won her 98th career singles match.
Men's tennis: No. 13 Florida lost its SEC home opener to the Texas A&M Aggies, 4-3. The Gators won the doubles point and two singles matches, but couldn't hold back the Aggies from picking up four singles wins to take the match.
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