Florida's Aleshia Ocasio gets an RBI single in the bottom off the first inning to get things started off for the Gators Saturday match-up with Maryland, February 18, 2017 at Katie Seashole Pressly Stadium in Gainesville, Florida. The Gators lost 4-2

UF Roundup: Softball handles North Florida, 5-1

Staff reports
Wednesday, April 05, 2017 9:41 PM

Amanda Lorenz hit two home runs and Aleshia Ocasio pitched a five-hitter Wednesday to lead the Florida softball team to a 5-1 win over North Florida at Katie Seashole Pressly Stadium.

Lorenz opened the first inning with a solo home run to get the Gators (34-2) rolling. Lorenz hit a two-run home run in the second inning helped give Florida a 4-0 lead.

With the opportunity to swing for the fences as the bases were loaded in the third inning, Lorenz showed her patience at the plate. She worked a full-count walk to plate the Gators last run of the contest, which extended the lead to 5-0.

That was more than enough runs for Ocasio (7-0), who struck out four in going the distance.

“We take a lot of pride in our defense, fielding ground balls and our ability to limit our opponents from having extra outs in innings. I thought we did a good job of making the routine plays look pretty routine today,” UF coach Tim Walton said.

Next up for the Gators is an SEC showdown against visiting Georgia starting at 4 p.m. Saturday.

LACROSSE

Gators rout Marquette on road

Milwaukee, Wis. - The Florida lacrosse team put away Marquette with ease Wednesday, 21-7. Nine different Gators (10-2, 4-0 Big East) scored a goal, and Florida's defense limited Marquette (4-8, 2-2) to 19 shots while forcing 16 out of 22 turnovers.

The Gators would utilize a 7-0 run early in the game, and a 9-0 run between the first and second half to build a commanding 17-4 lead before beginning to bring in second and third lines.

Sophomore attacker Lindsey Ronbeck tied her career-high with seven points (five goals, two assists), while Sammi Burgess (two goals, four assists) and Madisyn Kittell (three goals, three assists) each contributed six points. Burgess tied her career-high and tied the Florida single-game record with four assists, all in the first half. Kittell's three goals and assists were both career-highs.

"It is never easy traveling such a distance mid-week, but our team stepped up and played very well," UF coach Amanda O'Leary said. "I'm really proud of our effort on the defensive end, especially being able to force turnovers without fouling."

The Gators return home to take on Cincinnati (5-6, 1-2) at noon Saturday.

GOLF

Horsfield, Torres win SEC honors

Florida's Sam Horsfield and Maria Torres were named SEC Golfers of the Week on Wednesday.

Horsfield, the league's male golfer of the week, and Gators won the Mason Rudolph Championship last weekend. He leads the team in top-five finishes (4), top-10 finishes (5), top-25 finishes (7) and birdies (105).

Next for the UF men is the SEC Championships in St. Simons Island, Georgia, on April 21.

Torres picked up SEC Women's Golfer of the Week honors for the second week in a row. The Gators finished third as a team at the Clemson Invitational last weekend, while Torres finished in a tie for second place. She carded three under-par round scores to take home her fifth top-10 finish of the season. She has two first place finishes and one second place finish in her last three events.

The UF women will be back in action at the SEC Championships in Birmingham, Ala. on April 21-23.




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