FOUR BITS: lacrosse’s big win, baseball’s rebound

By Adam Silverstein
March 10, 2011

1 » Don’t bother telling No. 14 Florida Gators lacrosse that you’re not supposed to upset a top-10 team in only your second year of existence. On Wednesday night at Donald R. Dizney Stadium in Gainesville, FL, Florida (5-1) took down the No. 9 Georgetown Hoyas (0-2) 17-10 for the program’s first win against an opponent ranked No. 10 or higher in school history. Leading the way once again for the Gators was sophomore midfielder Kitty Cullen, who scored four goals on eight shots. Sophomore M Brittany Dashiell matched Cullen shot-for-shot, and sophomore attacker Ashley Bruns scored three goals and notched one assist. Florida out-shot Georgetown 32-19 on the evening and outscored them in both halves. The Gators’ current five-game winning streak is the longest in program history and could be stretched further as they have five games remaining on their nine-game home stand.

2 » Looking to bounce back from a stunning defeat to unranked Georgia Southern, No. 1 Florida baseball (11-2) rebounded in a big way with a 8-1 thumping of the South Florida Bulls (5-7) on the road at the USF Baseball Stadium in Tampa, FL. Junior left-handed pitcher Alex Panteliodis (1-0) only pitched 5.0 innings but struck out four and only gave up a single earned run during his outing. Offensively, the Gators were powered by a trio of home runs from junior left fielder Daniel Pigott (3-4, 2 RBI, 3 R), sophomore catcher Mike Zunino (1-2, 2 RBI, 2 R) and senior second baseman Josh Adams (1-4, RBI, R). Zunino’s two-run shot in the top of the second put Florida on the board early and ended up being the game-winning hit, and Adams followed him with a solo shot giving the Gators back-to-back homers on the night. UF returns to Gainesville for a three-game weekend series against Rhode Island.

Two more BITS on softball improving to 21-0 and Florida basketball not being able to earn a No. 2 seed in March Madness…after the break!

3 » No. 1/2 Florida softball opened Southeastern Conference competition Wednesday with a doubleheader on the road against the LSU Tigers. The Gators (21-0, 2-0 SEC) took down the Tigers (15-7, 0-2 SEC) 8-1 in the early game and 5-0 in the evening contest to begin the SEC slate on a high note. Freshman right-handed pitcher Hannah Rogers (9-0) won the first game for Florida, striking out three and only allowing a single run in seven full innings. Senior RHP Stephanie Brombacher (12-0) continued her dominance, pitching a complete game one-hitter and her sixth shutout of the season while striking out eight batters. Outscoring LSU by 12 runs over the course of the day, UF had plenty of help at the plate. Senior first baseman Megan Bush (4-6, 2 HR, 2 RBI, 3 R, BB) was simply outstanding with a pair of homers in the first game. Freshman third baseman Kasey Fagan (3-6, HR, 3 RBI, 3 R) also stood out on Wednesday, as did sophomore catcher Brittany Schutte (3-8, RBI, 2 R), who hit her eighth moon shot of the season in the opening contest. Before returning to SEC action, the Gators will play five games in three days over the weekend at the USF Under Armour Showcase.

4 » Whether Florida wins the 2011 SEC Tournament or falls in the first round, ESPN bracketologist Joe Lunardi says they will wind up as a No. 3-seed in the 2011 NCAA Tournament. Some fans hoped the Gators could bump their seeding up a notch with a win, but Lunardi put that to rest on Wednesday. “I don’t know if the overall strength of the SEC will allow that to happen,” he said on a network conference call. “I know that you are supposed to judge a team on an individual basis, but the fact of the matter remains that the teams that Florida could beat this week would not be as strong as the teams that Syracuse could beat or Notre Dame could beat.” However, Lunardi did add some perspective to his comments: “I think you would rather be a No. 3 seed in Tampa than a No. 2 seed somewhere else.”

2 Comments

  1. SB says:

    Yet ESPN’s own Barry Booker on SEC Weekly, being the genius he is, says Kentucky is a 4 seed right now and if they win the SEC Tourney they could be a 2 seed…..

    Ummm… I know UK is always over-seeded but I’d say they are a 7 right now who could move up to a 5.

    • Ken (CA) says:

      I saw that myself, and left me scratching my head… Lunardi also said Monday that UNC could end up as a 2 seed, not sure how they are seeded ahead of the Gators right now anyway, considering very similar resumes, except UF has more wins against top 100, and no losses as bad us UNCs

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