While yesterday may have been Good Friday, Saturday proved to be even better for the Gators as the Orange and Blue ran off a pefect 4-0 record across all sports.
The heavily favored womens tennis team, playing in the SEC tournament in Knoxville, started things off with a 4-0 thumping of Vanderbilt in the semifinal match. The Lady Gators captured the doubles point, and then reeled off 3 singles victories to clinch the match. (NCAA tennis uses a best of 7 scoring method with the best of 3 doubles matches counting as a single point, and then each of 6 singles matches counting as a point each - it takes some getting used to). The #2 ranked Lady Gators are now 24-1, with their sole loss coming at the hands of #1 Stanford back in February. The womens squad will try to earn its 17th SEC tournament title in the 24 year history of the event when they take on #14 Tennessee on Sunday. The Vols will be playing on their home court, but the Gators hold a 36-0 advantage all time agains the Vols, including a 4-0 win earlier this season, that was was closer than the score indicates.
The mens tennis team also advanced Saturday in their semifinal match. But the #17 ranked Gators' win was a major upset, as they knocked off the #2 ranked, top seeded Tennessee Volunteers. The mens SEC tournament is being played in Gainesville. The Gators lost the doubles point, but fought back to win 4 singles matches and earn the 4-2 victory. The Gators will face #11 Kentucky on Sunday in the championship match. The Gators will try to avenge a grueling 4-3 loss to the Wildcats on the same Gainesville courts only 3 weeks ago.
The #9 softball team kept things going by winning in dramatic fashion. The Gators evened their weekend series with a 6-5 win over #3 Alabama by virtue of a walk-off three run homer by senior outfielder Kelsey Bruder. The Gators dropped Friday's first game 5-0 to snap their 8 game winning streak. Saturday's game looked like another loss for the Gators, as they trailed 5-3 heading into the bottom of the 7th and final inning. Bruder's smash came on the first pitch to her, and was her 16th of the season. The Gators' other runs also came via the long ball - as Megan Bush and Tiffany DeFelice went back-to-back for a two run homer and a solo shot in the 4th inning. The Gators and Tide play the rubber match on Sunday.
Finally, the baseball team clinched their weekend home series against Alabama with a 9-2 beatdown of the Tide. The #5 ranked Gators are now 13-4 in conference play. The Gators broke open a 4-2 game with a 4 spot in the 7th inning led by catcher Mike Zunino's 3 run home run. Brian Johnson picked up the win for the Gators, lasting 5 innings to run his record on the year to 5-1. The Gators will bring out the brooms on Sunday in their attempt to sweep the Tide out of town.
I think a softball series win, 2 more SEC titles and a baseball sweep would just about make my Easter Sunday.