Gators Enjoy Tremendous Weekend

It was just over a week ago that the Gator golf team won the SEC Men's Championship giving UF its 200th SEC Championship. That total is 50 better than the next best SEC program and fuller illustrates the dominance of Gator teams over the SEC throughout the years --- especially the last 20 years.

This weekend served as a clear reminder to the others in the SEC that the Gators are not at all inclined to allow the rest of the SEC to catch up. Four Gator teams were in action in SEC competition and each cam through in impressive fashion.

Men's Tennis ---- Perhaps no one had a better weekend than Men's Tennis Coach Andy Jackson. His Gators hosted the SEC Tournament after finishing 5th in the league during a difficult regular season that saw the Gators play 10 matches that ended up 4-3. With little (if any) margin for error the Gators won their first round match before disposing of No. 5 Mississippi State, No. 1 seed Tennessee and No. 3 Kentucky to claim the tournament title. Florida's run through the SEC should assure the Gators a hosting opportunity when the NCAA bids come out.

Women's Tennis ---- While the Men's win came as a bit of a surprised, the women taking the SEC Title was just par for the course, Florida entered the event as the clear favorite after posting a perfect 11-0 regular season mark in dual match play. Roland Thornqvist's team just kept up the domination by racing through the SEC event. It was Florida's 17th title in 24 years that the event had been held. The Gators are now 26-1 on the year with the only loss coming to Stanford in the final of the Indoor Championships. It would not be the least bit surprising for the NCAA title to come down to yet another showdown between the Gators and the Cardinal.

Softball ---- It's been a bit of a challenge for the Gator Softball team and coach Tim Walton. Florida has had to play much of the year without top pitcher Stacey Brombacher and endured a significant mid-season slump as a result with sweeps at the hands of Georgia and Kentucky. But the Gators have righted the ship. Brombacher is almost 100 percent and Florida took a key series from Alabama. The Gators were overpowered in game one, but bounced back on Kelsey Bruder's game-winning walk off HR followed by an extra winning win to take two of three from the third ranked Crimson Tide. The series win was huge for the 9th-ranked Gators who need a top eight seed from the NCAA Selection Committee to be able to host a Super Regional should the Gators get that far.

Baseball ---- Kevin O'Sullivan's team showed its willingness to fight to hold on to its SEC title this weekend. Florida swept Alabama to move into a tie for the SEC Title with South Carolina and Vanderbilt. All three teams are 14-4 in SEC play heading into the final four weekends of the season. The Gators used their typical formula to get the job done this weekend with solid starting pitching, excellent relief work and solid defense setting the tone, The Gators are in great position for that top eight seed we mentioned where softball was concerned, though there's a lot of baseball to be played.

So that's how the Gator weekend went. How was yours?


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