FOUR BITS: Baseball, tennis win; golf leads; track

1 » No. 6/7 Florida Gators baseball (10-2) began its series against the Charleston Southern Buccaneers (5-9) with a 6-0 win Friday night at McKethan Stadium in Gainesville, FL. Sophomore starter Alex Panteliodis (4-0) tossed a career-high seven innings, striking out five in the outing. Florida notched consecutive shutout victories for the first time since 1995. A five-run second inning was highlighted by back-to-back two-out home runs by freshman catcher Mike Zunino (3-3, two RBI) and senior outfielder Matt den Dekker. Florida has decided to add a game against Army to its schedule on Monday, March 15 at 6:30 p.m.

2 » No. 3 women’s and No. 4 men’s track and field combined for five All-America honors on the first day of the NCAA Indoor Track and Field Championships on Friday. The men are in second-place (four points off the lead), while the women are in 14th. Four qualifying marks/times were achieved by the men, including freshman sprinter and sophomore running back Jeff Demps, who achieved a school-record time of 6.56 seconds in the 60-meter dash.

Two more BITS on tennis’ two wins and men’s golf’s lead…after the jump!

3 » No. 7 men’s tennis (11-2, 3-0 SEC) followed in the footsteps of the basketball team, taking down the Auburn Tigers (3-7, 0-3 SEC) 5-2 on Friday at Linder Stadium at Ring Tennis Complex. The No. 16 doubles pair of redshirt senior Antoine Benneteau and junior Alexandre Lacroix achieved an 8-4 victory, and No. 6 Lacroix also won his singles match 7-5, 7-5. No. 5 women’s tennis (12-2, 3-0 SEC) matched the men with a 6-1 victory over Auburn (6-5, 0-3 SEC) on the road at the Yarbrough Tennis Center. The No. 6 duo of senior Marrit Boonstra and freshman Allie Will won their doubles match 8-2. No. 11 will won her singles competition 6-0, 6-2, while No. 15 freshman Lauren Embree took a 6-4, 6-2 singles win against her opponent.

4 » No. 6 Gators men’s golf is currently leading the Southern Highlands Collegiate Masters with a combined 292 (+4). Senior Tyson Alexander is at the top of the leaderboard with a four-under 68 following the first day of competition.

Photo Credit: Jim Burgess

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