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Chomping at Bits: Florida softball rolls on opening weekend

The Gators went 5-0 in their Tampa tournament.

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Florida softball goes 5-0 in opening weekend: The Gators opened their season by participating in the USF Wilson-DeMarini Tournament in Tampa. Florida defeated Illinois State, 9-0, in their first game on Friday, with Delanie Gourley tossing her eighth career one-hitter. The Gators then picked up a pair of victories on Saturday. Florida defeated Michigan 2-1 in ten innings, and then bested St. John’s 5-2. On Sunday, Florida hit five home runs and routed Delaware, 9-0, and South Florida, 8-0. Katie Chronister and Kelly Barnhill both threw one-hitters in those back-to-back games. It was Chronister’s first collegiate start. (Herb Brooks, Florida Gators)

Thoughts on the Gators’ 71-62 win over Texas A&M: On John Egbunu’s defense and NBA prospects, Chris Chiozza and Kasey Hill, the three-way tie atop the SEC standings, and Florida as a No. 3 seed. (Chris Harry, Florida Gators)

Canyon Barry sets modern UF record for consecutive free throws: Barry extended his streak to 39 on Saturday, surpassing the previous school record of 37 straight made by Taurean Green during the Gators’ 2005-06 national title season. (Kevin Brockway, Gainesville Sun)

Florida hosts first Junior Day since National Signing Day: The Gators expected several high ranking 2018 prospects to be in attendance. (Zach Abolverdi, SEC Country; Graham Hall, Gainesville Sun)

UF football recruiting: New Florida offensive line coach Brad Davis is already getting positive reviews from four-star OT William Barnes, and Clemson offensive tackle transfer Jake Fruhmorgen visits the Gators. (Zach Abolverdi, SEC Country)

Gator gymnastics defeats Georgia: In front of the eighth largest home crowd in program history, Florida posted a 197.975 - the second-highest total in the national so far this season - to take the win over the Bulldogs. Three Gators set or equaled their collegiate bests Friday, allowing Florida to sweep the event titles. (Mary Howard, Florida Gators; Jim Harvin, Gainesville Sun)

Florida women’s basketball picks up third SEC road win of the season: Ronni Williams and Delicia Washington both netted double-doubles in the Gators’ 66-56 win over Alabama. (Florida Gators)

UF lacrosse drops opener to North Carolina: The No. 3 Gators fell to the No. 1 Tarheels, 13-10, at home in their season opener. (Dustin Ciraco, Florida Gators; Graham Hall, Gainesville Sun)

Track and field Gators compete at Tyson Invitation and Iowa State Classic: Florida posted five NCAA Division I top-fives and an additional top-16 mark. (Zach Dirlam, Florida Gators)

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