Weekend recap

The season is coming to a close for the spring sports as football season lurks in the coming months, but there's still plenty of success in Gainesville. One season came to an end over the weekend after an Elite Eight berth while other sports are still fighting to make a deep postseason run.

The Florida women's tennis program earned its fourth straight berth in the Final Four. The Gators beat Cal 4-2 on Sunday and will face Stanford at 6 p.m. on Monday. As usual, it was senior Lauren Embree that set the pace for Florida. Embree has played a role in all four of the last Final Four appearances.

Embree won her 21st consecutive singles match and moved to 15-0 in NCAA dual match singles competition. She is also 19-2 in NCAA dual match doubles. It was her 118th career doubles win, moving her one shy of the fourth-most in Florida history.

The Gators have plenty of recent history with Stanford that will be revisited on Monday.

"We always have great, long matches and we're looking forward to having another one," Embree said of Stanford.

The women's tennis program is chasing its third straight national title.

The softball program ran through the competition in the Gainesville Regional this weekend. The Gators started with a 7-1 defeat of Hampton on Friday before pounding USF 11-1 on Saturday. USF ace Sara Nevins entered the weekend with the fourth best ERA in the country but struggled in Gainesville.

The Gators finished USF off on Sunday afternoon with a 2-0 win to advance to the Super Regionals, made up of the final 16 teams in the country. The Gators will host UAB in a best-of-three series with a berth in the Women's College World Series on the line. The series will start on Saturday at 1 p.m. in Gainesville.

Sophomore Lauren Haeger was the hero at the plate, going 4-for-7 with multiple big hits over the weekend. Junior pitcher Hannah Rogers moved to 31-5 on the season with a shutout on Sunday, allowing just three hits, no walk and striking out five hitters.

It wasn't as pretty for the other bat and ball sport.

Florida baseball made the trek to Georgia to close out the regular season with a series against the last place Bulldogs. The Gators took the opening game 4-2 behind a ninth-inning rally before dropping the final two games of the series. It was the first series win in conference play for the Bulldogs.

The Gators open SEC Tournament play as the No. 8 seed against Texas A&M at 5:30 p.m. on Tuesday. Florida didn't play the Aggies during the regular season schedule. The Gators scored just seven runs in three games against the Bulldogs over the weekend.

Florida lacrosse saw its season to come to an end over the weekend at Syracuse. After beating Syracuse 14-10 during the regular season in a neutral site game in Miami, Florida was sent on the road to the Carrier Dome, where it dropped a 13-9 decision on Saturday. The Gators turned the ball over 13 times compared to just five for Syracuse.


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