FOUR BITS: Florida softball earns No. 1 seed in NCAA Tournament; Gators in the postseason

By Adam Silverstein
May 11, 2015

1 » No. 1 Florida Gators softball (50-6) earned the top national seed in the 2015 NCAA Tournament and as such will host the Gainesville Regional at Katie Seashole Pressly Stadium in Gainesville, Florida, for the 13th consecutive season. Florida will see the Florida A&M Rattlers (18-37), Florida Atlantic Owls (37-17-1) and Hofstra Pride (37-12-1) come to town for the double-elimination tournament, which begins on Friday. The winner of the Gainesville Regional will face the victor from the South Bend Rgional, which features No. 16 Notre Dame, Kentucky, Northwestern and Ball State. The Gators are the defending 2014 NCAA Champions, capturing the first national title in program history.

2 » No. 5 Florida women’s tennis (23-3) has swept its first two rounds of 2015 NCAA Tournament competition, running through the Bethune-Cookman Wildcats 5-0 on Friday and No. 24 Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets 4-0 on Saturday at the Ring Tennis Complex. The Gators will move on to Waco, Texas, for Sweet 16 action on Friday at 5 p.m. against No. 12 Oklahoma State. The winner will face No. 4 Vanderbilt or Clemson in the Elite Eight on Sunday at 5 p.m.

3 » No. 10 Florida lacrosse (15-6) saw its season come to a screeching halt on Sunday at the hands of the No. 2 North Carolina Tar Heels (16-3), which upended the Gators 11-6 in the second round of the 2015 NCAA Tournament in Chapel Hill, North Carolina. UNC led UF 5-2 at the half and held on for the victory as the Gators, which led the nation by scoring 16 goals per game, could only muster six in the contest. Florida, which won the 2015 Big East Championship in its first year competing in the conference, beat the Stanford Cardinal 15-10 in round one. The Gators fell to 0-2 against the Tar Heels this season, also dropping their season opener 17-11. Florida also lost to North Carolina in 2014 and has now dropped three straight games to its budding rival.

4 » Gators men’s tennis returned to the NCAA Tournament for the 24th consecutive season, the last three under head coach Bryan Shelton, but was a quick out in the event after being edged by the Pepperdine Waves 4-3 in Winston-Salem, North Carolina. Florida (14-9) won the doubles point but got thrashed by Pepperdine (18-9) in singles competition. As it turns out, UF fell to 3-9 all-time against PU in the process. “We have to be physically and mentally tougher [next season],” Shelton said after the loss. “We have to find ways to ramp up the pressure each day so that we can develop more in those areas. We’re hitting the ball well as our serving, returning and volleying is all better as a team. I think our real weakness this year is that we weren’t mentally tough enough. We just didn’t play with enough conviction and confidence in the key moments of matches.”

One Comment

  1. Ken (CA) says:

    I was wondering when I watched last night. Couldn’t believe that most of the year they kept being ranked 2nd behind Oregon – a team they were 2-0 against on neutral fields!