FOUR BITS: McNabb, baseball, softball, tennis

By Adam Silverstein
April 5, 2010

1 » Sunday night, the Philadelphia Eagles traded star quarterback Donovan McNabb to the Washington Redskins for two draft picks. Monday, Florida Gators fans are trying to connect the dots to Tim Tebow and the 2010 NFL Draft. Here is what you need to know: (a) The Redskins acquiring McNabb makes it unlikely they draft Tebow, even after paying him plenty of attention. (b) The Eagles, with two QBs on one-year deals, are more likely to consider Tebow or any available passer for that matter – but not likely until the second round. (c) Notre Dame’s Jimmy Clausen may fall in the first round, potentially pushing Texas’ Colt McCoy and Tebow into later draft selections.

2 » Looking to salvage a road season in which they already lost the first two games, No. 20/17 Vanderbilt Commodores baseball (24-6, 5-4 SEC) shutout the No. 8/11 Gators (20-7, 5-3 SEC) 7-0 on Sunday in the series finale at McKethan Stadium. Starter Jack Armstrong (4-0) tossed six innings of four-hit ball for Vanderbilt, which also benefited from a pair of solo home runs by third baseman Jason Esposito (2-5, three runs). Freshman Hudson Randal (2-3) earned the loss for Florida, giving up two earned runs and seven hits in 5.2 innings with six strikeouts.

Two more BITS on Gators softball and tennis’ weekend sweeps…after the jump!

3 » Unlike baseball, No. 6/9 Gators softball (27-4, 9-2 SEC) pulled off a 7-1 win Sunday over the No. 12/12 LSU Tigers (29-7, 8-3 SEC) to sweep the weekend series. Junior Stephanie Brombacher started the game with three innings of one-hit ball and four strikeouts, allowing freshman Ensley Gammell (7-0) come in and earn the win on the final four innings with four strikeouts of her own. Gammell also hit well Sunday, going 2-2 with an RBI. Junior second baseman Aja Paculba (2-3) and freshman catcher Brittany Schutte (1-3) each tallied two RBI.

4 » No. 3 women’s (18-2, 8-0 SEC) and No. 6 men’s (15-2, 7-0 SEC) tennis each took down the Kentucky Wildcats at home and on the road, respectively, on Sunday. The women blanked the Wildcats (2-16, 0-8 SEC) 4-0 at Linder Stadium at Ring Tennis Complex, while the men squeaked by Kentucky (16-7, 5-3 SEC) 4-3 on the road at the Hillary J. Boone Tennis Center. The doubles pairs of No. 35 freshman Lauren Embree / senior Anastasia Revzina and No. 12 redshirt senior Antoine Benneteau / junior Alexandre Lacroix were both victorious. In singles action, No. 7 Lacroix and No. 79 senior Marrit Boonstra fell while No. 14 Embree was the sole singles winner.

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