Gator tennis head coach Roland Thornqvist watches from the sideline during the match.

UF Roundup: Women's tennis record streak ends

Special to the Sun
Friday, March 17, 2017 11:10 PM

Well, it had to end some day. That day was Friday. No. 6 Georgia defeated top-ranked Florida 4-1 at the Ring Tennis Complex to end the longest active home winning streak of any NCAA Division I team in any sport of any gender in the country at 163.

"I bet there were people in Gainesville who never thought today would happen, but it did," Florida coach Roland Thornqvist said. "Georgia played really, really well. At one and two singles, they were fantastic today. After they won the doubles point, they really looked like they had a lot of wind in their sails. It was a tough day for us."

UF's last home loss was a 4-3 setback to Miami on May 15, 2004. The regular-season home win streak of 159 was the longest in program history.

Jose Kuhlman was the lone winner for Florida (13-1, 3-1 SEC), as Georgia (10-3, 4-1) won the doubles point to start the upset.

The Gators had defeated Georgia 4-0 on Feb. 12 at the ITA National Team Indoor Championships in New Haven, CT.

BASEBALL

Auburn pounds Florida to start SEC play

AUBURN, Ala. — Auburn scored eight runs in the fifth inning Friday to pull away to a 14-3 SEC baseball win over No. 5 Florida.

UF starting pitcher Alex Faedo (3-1) was roughed up, giving up six earned runs in 4.1 innings.

The Gators fell to 13-6, 0-1, while Auburn is now 15-5, 1-0.

Game 2 of the series is scheduled for a 3 p.m. start today. UF righty Brady Singer (2-0, 1.50 ERA) will go against Auburn right-hander Casey Mize (2-0, 0.40 ERA).

Sunday's game is set for a 2 p.m. start.

SOFTBALL

Another shutout win for No. 2 Florida

COLUMBIA, S.C. — Delanie Gourley pitched a complete-game two-hitter Friday to lead the No. 2 Florida softball team to a 6-0 win over South Carolina. Gourley (10-1) struck out nine and received hitting support from Nicole DeWitt, who hit a home run and a double, while Sophia Reynoso added two hits and Janell Weaton contributed a double and a RBI.

It's the 17th shutout of the season for Florida (24-1, 3-0 SEC). The teams play at 2 p.m. today.

GOLF

Gators in fifth at Schenkel tourney

STATESBORO, Ga. — The Florida men's golf team is in fifth place at 282 (-6) in the first round Friday of the Schenkel Invitational at Forest Heights Golf Club.

Andy Zhang dominated the front nine, notching six birdies. The freshman would finish with a 71 (-1) and in a tie for 21st. After a four-birdie day, sophomore Gordon Neale also finished at one-under. Sam Horsfield picked up his first eagle of the year on the fourth hole. After shooting a four-under 68, the sophomore is in a tie for fourth.

College of Charleston tops the team leaderboard after shooting a 279 (-9). Lipscomb's Dawson Armstrong leads the individual scores, carding a 66 (-6) on day one.






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