Gators' weekend update on softball, baseball, track and men's golf
SEC track, Florida's final regular-season baseball series and NCAA regional softball have all been taking place this weekend in Gainesville. The men's golf team was also in regional action in Austin, Texas.
Here's an update of how the Gators have fared, and where they stand heading into the final day of weekend competition.
SOFTBALL: The No.1 softball team won its first two games easily. Aided by three home runs and 12 RBI, the Gators defeated Florida A&M, 12-0, in five innings on Friday night in the nightcap of day one of the Gainesville Regional. Then on Saturday, senior pitcher Stacey Nelson had a season-high 14 strikeouts in a 7-1 win over Texas A&M. The Aggies knocked the Gators out of the Women's College World Series, one game shy of the championship round, last season.
Florida will play Lehigh today at 1 p.m. at Katie Seashole Pressly Stadium in the championship round of the NCAA Softball Gainesville Regional. The Mountain Hawks won a pair of elimination games Saturday to advance to the championship round. They opened the day with a 9-0, five-inning win over Florida A&M before eliminating Texas A&M from regional play for the second time in four years with a 3-2 victory.
BASEBALL - The Gators wrapped up the weekend series against Kentucky Saturday with a 13-9 victory. Florida (38-18) won the SEC East title and will be the No. 2 seed in this week's SEC tournament in Hoover, Ala. Florida will play No. 7 seed Arkansas (32-20), Wednesday at 11 a.m.
GOLF - Senior Billy Horschel, the 2009 SEC Golfer of the Year, made five birdies for a final round 68 (-3) to lead the Florida men’s golf team to a win in the NCAA Southwest Regional at the University of Texas Golf Club in Austin. The Gators came from behind on Saturday and finished with score of 874 (+22) for the tournament, beating Texas Tech by two strokes. It was the fourth NCAA Regional Tournament title for the Gators, the first since 2006.
The Gators will advance to the NCAA Championship, May 27-30, at the Inverness Club in Toledo, Ohio. Texas Tech, Texas, Stanford and Michigan were the other four teams to advance from the Southwest Regional. It is the ninth year in a row Florida will advance to the NCAA Championship.
TRACK- The Florida women enter the final day of the SEC Track and Field championships in first place through six events with 46 total points. Arkansas is second with 45 points, while Kentucky is third with 39 points. The Gator men currently are in fourth place through nine events with 41 points. The Razorbacks lead the way with 53 points, while Georgia is second with 52.
On Friday, freshman decathlete Gray Horn became the first athlete in school history to win the SEC outdoor decathlon dhampionship. Horn broke the freshman school record in the decathlon with a score of 7,389 points to eclipse Mike Morrison’s freshman school record. That total goes down as the fourth-best decathlon score in school history.
On Saturday, freshman Genevieve LaCaze (Queensland, Australia), who had neve competed in the steeplechase before this season, used a personal-best and NCAA regional-qualifying time of 10:26.92 to win the event. She became the first Florida woman in school history to win an SEC steeplechase title and did so in just her second-ever collegiate steeplechase.
Junior Shara Proctor won the Gators' first SEC outdoor women’s long jump title since 1992 with an NCAA regional-qualifying and season-best leap of 21-1.50/6.44m.
Junior sprinter Calvin Smith of Lutz was third in the preliminaries of the men’s 400-meter run in an NCAA regional-qualifying time of 46.14.