What a Weekend

There haven't been too many weekends like this past one in Gainesville and it couldn't have played out any better. Gainesville sports fans were treated to the start of the baseball season, the debut of a new sport, tight competition on the softball field, a huge gymnastics showdown, a big game in the O'Dome late Sunday and a tennis match.

And the Gators won EVERYTHING!

Lacrosse is cool ----- Amanda O'Leary's long awaited debut as coach of the Gator Lacrosse team was a special evening. Florida fans packed the brand new Lacrosse facility forcing school officials to lock the gates. Those fans were rewarded with a 16-6 win over Jacksonville. Ashley Bruns gets my vote as the best athlete on campus you never heard of. She was outstanding with four goals and four assists. Since just about every facility ends up with a nickname let's go ahead and re-name the Donald R. Dizney Lacrosse Stadium "The Diz". This is an incredibly fast paced sport, except for the silly "draw" that opens each half and follows each goal. Their next home game is March 4 against St. Bonaventure. Check it out.

Baseball sweeps ----- It looked like it might be an easy Sunday for Kevin O'Sullivan's baseball team. Florida beat USF 6-2 and 9-1 in the first two games of a three game series and led Sunday's contest 3-0 after six innings. However the Bulls scored one in the seventh and five in the eighth to take a 6-3 lead into the bottom of the ninth. The Gators scored twice and an error let the tying run score. That set up freshman catcher Mike Zunino to poke a single to right field in the bottom of the tenth inning to drive in Tyler Thompson with the winning run. The Gators next play five games in as many days starting Wednesday.

Softball wins Lipton Invite ----- Tim Walton's team suffered a surprising 3-0 loss in the second game of the season, but has now won eight in a row including five straight this weekend to win a tournament at home. Florida is now 9-1 on the year and has it 20 homers in the ten games. Senior all-American Francesca Enea is off to an incredible start, hitting .400 with five homers and 17 RBI. Next up is Northwestern State for a weekend series Saturday and Sunday.

Gymnasts down GymDawgs ----- The last time the Gators beat Georgia in a home dual meet George Bush was in the White House… the older George Bush. Florida ended a 20-year drought by edging the GymDawgs by a tenth of a point in front of more than six thousand fans in the O'Dome. Freshman Ashanee' Dickerson picked up her fourth all-around title of the season, but that wasn't the best thing she did. The Florida freshman took to the floor exercise needing a 9.85 to give the Gators the win. She performed a near perfect routine, scoring a 9.925 to finish off the evening.

Another Dawg beating ----- Michael Vick would have been right at home in Gainesville this weekend seeing how another group of Dawgs was mistreated Sunday. Amanda Butler's Women's Basketball team stunned the No. 20 Georgia squad 64-57. Steffi Sorensen led the way with 21 points and seven rebounds. Florida is now 7-7 in the SEC, but several inexplicable non conference losses are hurting this 14-13 team's post-season aspirations. Florida has two regular season games left followed by the SEC Tournament and may need two more wins for the NIT to give them a bid.

Tennis topples USF ----- Just like the baseball team the men's tennis team beat USF on Sunday. Andy Jackson's seventh ranked Gators dominated the Bulls 6-1 losing only the No. 2 singles match. Next up for the Gators a top 20 showdown at home when the No. 18 FSU Seminoles visit Linder Stadium Wednesday at 5:00.

So what'll this week be like?

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