Great Weekend For Baseball, Gators

Kevin O'Sullivan's second season as the coach of the Gator baseball team couldn't have gotten off to a better start. Florida took a No. 23 national ranking into this weekend, but that should go way up after a three-game sweep of eighth-ranked Louisville. It marked the Gators' first home sweep of a top 10 team in seven years.

Florida got a little bit of everything in the three-game sweep. They opened with a solid, hard fought 6-3 win behind their top pitcher Patrick Keating. They followed that up with some added offense and a 10-4 victory on Saturday afternoon. Then on Sunday the Gators had to score with two out in the bottom of the ninth to finish off a perfect weekend.

The Gators got outstanding pitching over the weekend, allowing just six earned runs and producing a 15-to-3 strikeout to walk ratio. The Gators didn't score a bunch of runs, but they put enough on the board to get the job done. Next up, Tuesday and Wednesday games against Eastern Michigan before the Miami Hurricanes come to town next weekend.

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Congrats to the Gator women's swim team which claimed the SEC Championship at Auburn Saturday. Florida edged out the host Auburn Tigers and Georgia to earn their first SEC title in seven years. Junior Gemma Spofforth led the way with wins in both backstroke races and was named the SEC Female Swimmer of the Year. The Gator men finished second to Auburn, marking Florida's eighth straight runner-up finish at the meet.

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Four seniors on the Women's basketball team went out on a high note in their final home game of the season. Florida smacked South Carolina 82-66 on "Senior Day" for Sha Brooks, Marshae Dotson, Aneika Henry and Kim Critton. The win ended a three game losing streak and improved Amanda Butler's squad to 23-5 on the year, 9-4 in the SEC. The Gators wrap up the regular season with a road game at Georgia. A win there and Florida will finish no worse than tied for third place.

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The Gator softball team won four of five games at the prestigious Cathedral City Classic in Palm Springs, California. Tim Walton's team is now 12-2 with both losses coming in 1-0 games. Florida is already starting to rack up some ridiculous numbers. The Gators have outscored their opponents 104-6 and have hit 19 homers without allowing one. Stephanie Brombacher is 7-0 and has not allowed an earned run, and she's Florida's No. 2 behind All-American Stacey Nelson.

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The men's tennis team beat USF and Miami while the women bested Troy. And of course the basketball team beat Vanderbilt.

All in all one helluva a week.


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