FOUR BITS: Softball up one, doubles falls, track

By Adam Silverstein
May 30, 2010

1 » No. 4 Florida Gators softball (47-8) began its quest for a berth in the 2010 NCAA Women’s College World Series with an 8-0 shutout of the No. 13 Arizona State Sun Devils (44-16) while hosting the Gainesville Super Regional on Saturday night at Katie Seashole Pressly Stadium. Junior starter Stephanie Brombacher (33-6) has been dynamite in the postseason; she recorded her 11th shutout of the year, pitching a complete game and only yielding four hits. Junior outfielder Kelsey Bruder (2-3) and senior third baseman Corrie Brooks (2-2) each led the Gators with three RBI, while freshman designated player Brittany Schutte (2-3) added two. Florida hopes to conclude Super Regional action by prevailing in the second game, Sunday at 3:30 p.m.

2 » The Gators’ No. 5 doubles pair of senior Marrit Boonstra and freshman Allie Will was eliminated from competition for the 2010 NCAA National Championship Saturday, falling 2-6, 7-5, 7-6 to Tennessee’s No. 1 duo of Natalie Pluskota and Caitlin Whoriskey at the Dan Magill Tennis Complex in Athens, GA. Florida tennis – both men’s and women’s – has now been completely removed from NCAA competition for this season.

Find out which Gators qualified for the 2010 NCAA Outdoor Championships and what sport Georgia is going after Florida in…after the break!

3 » Finishing up a third day of competition Saturday in the 2010 NCAA East Preliminary Round at Irwin Bell Track, Gators track & field athletes qualified 21 slots in the 2010 NCAA Outdoor Championships. The list of those athletes who have qualified, along with their respective events, can be found below in alphabetical order.

Charlotte Browning – Women’s 1,500m Run (3rd)
Omar Craddock – Men’s Triple Jump (3rd)
Evelien Dekkers – Women’s Javelin (1st)
Jeff Demps – Men’s 100m Dash (4th)
Gray Horn – Men’s Decathlon (N/A)
Josh Izewski – Men’s 10,000m Run (12th)
Fidela James – Women’s Shot Put (10th)
Mariam Kevkhishvili – Women’s Shot Put (1st)
Tony McQuay – Men’s 400m Dash (10th)
Keely Medeiros – Women’s Shot Put (5th)
Kemal Mesic – Men’s Shot Put (1st)
Julie Northrup – Women’s Steeplechase (7th)
Shara Proctor [2] – Women’s Long Jump (3rd), Women’s Triple Jump (4th)
Calvin Smith – Men’s 400m Dash (2nd)
Christian Taylor [2] – Men’s Long Jump (1st), Men’s Triple Jump (1st)
Terrell Wilks [2] – Men’s 100m Dash (9th), Men’s 200m Dash (4th)
– Men’s 4x100m Relay (1st)
– Men’s 4x400m Relay (2nd)

4 » Think football is the only sport that the Georgia Bulldogs are worried about Florida in? Think again. Georgia’s new head soccer coach, Steve Holeman, realizes that his school’s main rival has been just as dominant in soccer recently. Just take this exchange printed by the Atlanta Journal-Constitution between Holeman and athletic director Damon Evans as an example. “In our short time that we have had soccer in this league, who has won the majority of the championships,” Evans asked. “Florida,” Holeman replied. “I knew the answer, but we need to start changing that. That’s all,” Evans quipped. “It used to be Florida,” Holeman surmised.

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