Big weekend for Florida sports

It was a busy weekend for Florida sports that didn't all happen in Gainesville. The Gators won a gymnastics national title in California, an SEC women's tennis tournament title in Starkville and the most impressive lacrosse win in program history. The Florida baseball and softball programs also continued their hot streaks.

The headliner was Florida gymnastics winning the program's first NCAA title. It came with plenty of adversity involved. Two Florida gymnasts fell off the beam during the first rotation, causing the Gators to be forced to keep one of the two falls in their score.

Despite that, they stormed back. Florida had the highest scorer in all four of the events, and when the pressure was on Alabama to hold its lead on the last rotation, the Gators took advantage of some mistakes to pull ahead and secure the win. After the two falls, it was a dominant performance from the team expected to win the championship throughout most of the season.

Florida lacrosse might follow in gymnastics' footsteps with a national title this season. The No. 3 Gators earned an impressive 22-4 win on senior day over No. 4 Northwestern to earn a share of the ALC regular season title. The title is the program's third in four years of existence.

The win over the two-time defending national champions moved the Gators to 16-1 this season. It was Northwestern's most lopsided loss since they became a varsity sport in 2002.

The win was also about honoring the historic senior class. The group committed to Florida without seeing any evidence of the product on the field, playing as true freshmen during the first year of the program. They have been the anchor of the program's rise to national prominence.

The women's tennis team continued its dominant season by cruising to the SEC Tournament title in Starkville over the weekend.

The Florida baseball team also continued its hot streak. The Gators clinched the series win at Missouri on Saturday with a 15-inning win, pushing their win streak to eight games. The winning streak came to an end on Sunday when the Tigers salvaged the series finale, but Florida pushed its record to 22-19 with the weekend trip.

Florida catcher Taylor Gushue led the way, going 7-for-16 at the plate with two runs scored and two RBI. The sophomore catcher hit a solo home run on Sunday to score one of Florida's two runs.

The Florida softball team continued its season long dominance, moving to 45-5 with a sweep of Longwood. The weekend was highlighted by a no-hitter from Hannah Rogers, her second of the season. Rogers struck out 19 hitters on the weekend while becoming the first pitcher to throw two no-hitters in one season since Stacey Nelson did it in 2009.

The Gators have just two series left -- at home against Georgia and at South Carolina -- before postseason play begins.

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