UF Roundup: Gators top Aggies in women's tennis
COLLEGE STATION, Texas — More than 24 hours after Florida and Texas A&M had been scheduled to begin play in a challenging SEC match-up, the Gators finally posted a 4-0 win Monday.
What was set to be an exciting Sunday afternoon between top-ranked Florida (11-0, 2-0 SEC) and No. 20 Texas A&M (8-5, 0-2), turned into a weather watch, as Mother Nature won the day and forced the match's postponement until late Monday morning, when the match endured two more weather delays.
In the end, the Gators jumped out to win the doubles point by earning victories on courts one and two, before Anna Danilina, Josie Kuhlman and Brooke Austin polished off straight-set singles wins to post the team shutout.
"We were able to get the match in and we were able to get the win," UF coach Roland Thornqvist said. "There were 20-mile-per-hour swirling winds today so it was not pretty."
Gourley named SEC
Co-Pitcher of Week
BIRMINGHAM, Ala. – After etching her name alongside some of the great pitchers in Florida softball history with a perfect game against Iowa, Delanie Gourley received the honor of SEC Co-Pitcher of the Week on Monday.
Gourley was perfect in the Gators opening game of the Judi Garman Classic, striking out 12 of the 15 Hawkeye batters she faced to earn the program’s sixth perfect game. She is the fourth pitcher to accomplish that feat.
The lefty followed up her dominant performance with a complete-game win over No. 7 UCLA the next afternoon, striking out 11.
On the final day, Gourley shut the door on Northwestern to earn her second save of the season.
The Gators return to action at Katie Seashole Pressly Stadium this weekend against Missouri. First pitch for Saturday is scheduled for 11:30 a.m. and will be televised on ESPNU.
INDOOR TRACK AND FIELD
SEC honors 3 Gators
Florida track and field athletes earned three SEC Indoor Men's Track and Field awards, and junior jumper KeAndre Bates was named United States Track and Field and Cross Country Coaches Association South Region Indoor Field Athlete of the Year on Monday. Bates earned both the SEC and USTFCCCA South Region Indoor Field Athlete of the Year honors.
Bates, this year's SEC long-jump and triple-jump champion, is the only man in the nation ranked in the top 10 in both the triple jump (No. 2) and long jump (No. 3).
Grant Holloway and Clayton Brown were named SEC Indoor Freshman Runner of the Year and Freshman Field Athlete of the Year, respectively.
Gators tied for ninth
at Southern Highlands
LAS VEGAS – The Florida men’s golf team began play at the Southern Highlands Collegiate shooting a team score of 292 (+4), placing the Gators in a tie for ninth place.
Junior Alejandro Tosti finished Monday’s round at the top of the lineup, shooting a one-under 71 to go along with a team-high five birdies. Rookie Andy Zhang was second on the squad with four birdies on Monday.
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