FOUR BITS: David Lee, baseball, softball, lacrosse

By Adam Silverstein
April 4, 2010

1 » Former Florida Gators forward/center David Lee, now in the middle of an excellent career in the NBA with the New York Knicks, scored a season-high 37 points along with 20 rebounds and 10 assists Friday night for his first career triple-double. Though New York fell to the Golden State Warriors on the road, Lee made NBA history by becoming the first player since Kareem Abdul-Jabbar to go 30-20-10 in points, rebounds and assists, respectively. Lee will be a free agent this summer, and it appears unlikely that he will return to the Knicks due to their decision to go after “bigger” names.

2 » Following a victory in their first game of the series, No. 8/11 Gators baseball (20-6, 6-2 SEC) clinched its weekend series against the No. 20/17 Vanderbilt Commodores (23-6, 4-4 SEC) with a 7-3 win Saturday at McKethan Stadium. Freshman starter Brian Johnson (3-1) controlled the entire game, pitching 5.2 innings of one-run ball while going 3-3 from the plate with a run. Senior outfielder Matt den Dekker went 2-4 with two runs, and sophomore OF Daniel Pigott nabbed three RBI with a two-run homer in the second inning. Game three of the series is currently underway (as of press time).

Read about softball’s doubleheader and lacrosse’s landmark victory after the jump!

3 » Also playing good ball Saturday was No. 6/9 softball (26-4, 8-2 SEC), which took two victories (4-1, 2-1) in a doubleheader against the No. 12/12 LSU Tigers (29-6, 8-2 SEC) at home at Katie Seashole Pressly Stadium. The 2,433 fans in attendance marked the largest crowd in stadium history. Junior Stephanie Brombacher (19-4) and freshman Ensley Gammel (6-0) each picked up victories, with the latter tossing a two-hit complete game. Senior third baseman Corrie Brooks hit a walk-off home run in the second game , as three outfielders – sophomore Michelle Moultrie (3-5), senior Francesca Enea (two RBI) and junior Kelsey Bruder (two RBI) – all added nice performances.

4 » Impressing more and more with each game during their inaugural season, Gators lacrosse (8-4, 1-2 ALC) pulled off a 13-11 victory over the No. 14 Penn State Nittany Lions (6-4, 0-2 ALC) Saturday for their first-ever American Lacrosse Conference win. Freshman attacker Ashley Bruns recorded four goals and two assists as the team used a 5-1 scoring run in the second half to take a five goal lead and eventually hold on for the victory. The teams were tied at six at the half, but Florida’s ability to hold Penn State scoreless for the first 14 minutes of the match and to then only allow the Nittany Lions to score two goals in the first 28 minutes of the second half, was the deciding factor.

Photo Credit: Rocky Widner/NBAE via Getty Images

2 Comments

  1. brlgator says:

    D lee s amazing. come play for the heat

  2. Drew 4 Orange & Blue says:

    Still one of my favortie Gators….I remember him beating out James White in the Mc D’s dunk contest!!!

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