FOUR BITS: Softball, tennis dominate; golf, track

By Adam Silverstein
March 8, 2010

1 » Competing in the DeMarini Tournament over the weekend, the No. 3/10 Florida Gators began with a solid 12-3 win over Pacific on Friday. Falling to No. 10/12 Stanford 2-0 later that afternoon, the Gators needed to rebound through the final two games of the tournament in order to come out on top. Florida did just that, earning a 12-0 victory over the Cal State Fullerton Titans (3-16) in five innings on Saturday. Senior outfielder Francesca Enea led the Gators with a 2-3 performance for two home runs (including a grand slam) and five RBI. Sophomore OF Michelle Moultrie also contributed, going 3-3 from the plate with three runs. Junior starter Stephanie Brombacher (11-2) earned the win in four innings of work.

Sunday was the final day of the tournament, and the Gators still had some work to do. Florida began the day with a dominating 14-3 win over the UC Davis Aggies (7-11) while totaling a season-high 16 hits (third-most in school history). Enea went 3-4 and extended her hit streak to 11 games while jacking another grand slam. Her 51 career home runs tie for second on the SEC’s all-time list. Brombacher (12-2) got another win on three innings of work. Later that day, the Gators (16-2) closed out the event with a 13-1 victory over the Loyola Marymount Lions (3-7). Junior shortstop Megan Bush went 3-3 with two home runs, three RBI and three runs as freshman starter Ensley Gammel (3-0) earned the complete game win.

Read about tennis’ dominating victories, golf and track & field after the jump!

2 » Florida’s No. 7 men’s (10-2, 2-0 SEC) and No. 6 women’s (11-2, 2-0 SEC) tennis teams each blanked the LSU Tigers Sunday with respective 7-0 victories. The men, who competed in Baton Rouge, LA, overcame an unexpected loss by the No. 16 doubles pair of redshirt senior Antoine Benneteau and junior Alexandre Lacroix. Lacroix (No. 6) and Benneteau (No. 121) each won their singles matches. The women were able to play in the confines of Linder Stadium at Ring Tennis Complex in Gainesville, FL, earning head coach Roland Thornqvist his 200th victory in nine seasons. No. 11 freshman Allie Will shutout her opponent 6-0, 6-0 in singles competition as No. 15 freshman Lauren Embree won convincingly 6-1, 7-5. The No. 6 doubles pair of Will and senior Marrit Boonstra took home a doubles victory 8-5.

3 » Not all Gators teams were victorious over the weekend as No. 17/17 women’s golf fell just short of winning the Auburn Invitational. Finishing with a team score of 297 (+9), the women finished in second, just three strokes behind the Auburn Tigers.

4 » Competing in last-chance meets in Virginia and Indiana, four Florida track and field athletes (and one relay team) earned personal-best marks/times. For more details of the team’s finishes, click here. Track and field will return to action march 12-13 at the NCAA Indoor Championships in Fayetteville, AR.

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