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Chomping at Bits: No. 1 Florida baseball and No. 1 Florida softball continue winning ways

Florida softball dominated South Dakota in yesterday's doubleheader, while Florida baseball hung on to sweep their series with UNF.

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No. 1 Gators' baseball wins eighth in a row: Florida hung on to beat UNF 5-4. The Gators are also on a 16-game winning steak at home. (Aaron Brand, Gainesville SunJohn Hines, Florida Gators)

No. 1 Florida softball has 18 run day, Delanie Gourley has second career no-hitter: Florida defeated South Dakota 9-0 in games one (six innings) and two (five innings) of Wednesday's doubleheader.  The Gators' 24-0 record is tied for the second-best start to a season in school history (Florida began the 2011 season 24-0 and the 2015 season 28-0). The Gators have outscored their opponents this season 161-13. (Will Pantages, Florida GatorsMatt Brannon, Independent Florida Alligator)

Luke Del Rio impressing in spring practice: Del Rio took the first snaps with the No. 1 offense at yesterday's first practice of spring. Jim McElwain complimented Del Rio's leadership, work ethic, and knowledge of the game. (Robbie Andreu, Gainesville Sun; Zach Abolverdi, SEC Country)

Jarrad Davis ready to lead on defense: After a breakout 2015 season, the linebacker wants to set a good example and leave his mark with the Gators. (Edgar Thompson, Orlando SentinelGraham Hack, Independent Florida Alligator)

With John Egbunu questionable, 3-point shooting could come into play more: Mike White indicated that Egbunu appeared to be in a lot of pain during workouts yesterday and had trouble catching and holding onto the basketball. He is unsure how effective Egbunu would be if he was able to play. The Gators have attempted 25 or more 3-pointers in seven games this season, and 30 or more twice. Florida attempted 32 3-pointers in Saturday's 82-72 win at Missouri. Mike White has given his team the green light to continue shooting from long range, as long as players are taking good shots, despite their 31.4 percent 3-point percentage (which is 13th in the SEC and 301st nationally). (Kevin Brockway, Gainesville Sun)

Florida's bubble hopes are slipping: Upsets in the mid-major conference tournaments have affected the Gators' position. But unlike some other teams, Florida is not done playing. If the Gators can beat Arkansas in the SEC Tournament, they would go on to play RPI No. 22 Texas A&M, which is the type of win the Gators could use to move ahead of some other bubble teams. (David Wunderlich, Team Speed Kills)

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