Gators Shut Out All Good Friday Opponents

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Good Friday, indeed. Florida's athletic teams came to play today and started the Easter weekend in grand fashion by blanking every team in their paths.

The No. 9 men's tennis team started things off by shutting out Arkansas, 7-0, in Fayetteville. The Gators' fourth straight conference victory improved their overall record to 13-7 on the season and 6-3 in the SEC.

Not to be outdone, the No. 2 women's tennis team also shut out Arkansas, 7-0, in Gainesville, extending their program record home win streak to an amazing 104 matches. Those Gators are now 16-1 on the season and a perfect 9-0 in conference play with two conference matches remaining.

The No. 6 ranked softball team kept the shutouts coming with a 5-0 victory over OIe Miss in the first of a three game weekend series in Gainesville. Ace pitcher Hannah Rogers hurled a two-hit shutout, her eighth of the season. Freshman designated hitter Bailey Castro led the Gators offensively, going 2-for-3 with her second home run of the season. The Gators improved to 33-4 on the season and 13-2 in SEC play.

Finally, the No, 1 baseball team completed the perfect night with a 7-0 shutout victory over LSU in Gainesville to even their three-game series with the Tigers at one apiece. Junior Mike Zunino went 3-for-5 for Florida, with two doubles and three RBI, and sophomore pitcher Jonathan Crawford was brilliant on the mound for the Gators, scattering three hits over six scoreless innings. The Gators improved their record to 25-6 on the season and 7-4 in the SEC.

So, if my math is correct, that makes four wins by a combined 26-0 tally, all against SEC competition. Now THAT is a pretty Good Friday in my book. What a great way to kick off an important and very busy weekend!

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