UF Roundup: Gators vs. Bulldogs in key SEC softball series
The No. 3 Florida softball team welcomes No. 18 Georgia to Katie Seashole Pressly Stadium for a three-game SEC series scheduled to start at 4 p.m. Saturday, Sunday at 7 p.m. and Monday at 7 p.m. The Bulldogs come in at 27-10 overall and 2-7 in the SEC.
The Gators (34-2, 10-1) are 11-1 this season when facing ranked opponents with their lone loss against Auburn by 1-0 decision March 27. This stretch includes six shutouts and 10 games where Florida has held ranked opponents to one run or less.
Florida has only allowed 35 runs, 25 earned, through 36 games. It's the fewest total runs allowed in the nation. Last season, Florida had allowed 34 runs, 28 earned, through 36 games.
Another 4-0 win
Despite a slight change in its doubles lineup Friday, top-ranked Florida claimed the initial point of the dual match against Ole Miss en route to a 4-0 win at Linder Stadium at Ring Tennis Complex.
The final score, however, wasn't indicative of the competitiveness that took place on the singles courts. Both teams claimed first sets on three courts, with Florida (19-1, 9-1 SEC) needing to win a pair of three-setters. Ole Miss dropped to 13-9, 3-7.
The one match that didn't contain the excitement of the others was on court four, where Gator junior Anna Danilina kept her focus and fight from the first game, as she broke to begin the match and earned the 6-2, 6-1 win in 59 minutes that gave Florida a 2-0 lead.
Danilina was off the court and stretching while courts one, three and five were still in their respective first sets and each heading to a tiebreak. Brooke Austin and Belinda Woolcock prevailed in their tiebreaks, while Josie Kuhlman dropped hers. Of that Gator trio, Kuhlman was able to force a third set, as did Austin's match. Woolcock, however, carried that momentum of winning the breaker, 8-6, into her second set and got the first break in the third game and held for a 3-1 lead. She lost her serve in the sixth game, but broke right back and held for 5-3. She then won three of the next four points on the receiving end before finishing off the 7-6 (6), 6-3 win in one hour and 45 minutes.
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