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Chomping at Bits: Florida softball bests Bethune Cookman

The Gators’ offense carried the day.

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Florida softball bounces back with 15-7 win over Wildcats: The Gators were behind 3-0 early after a pair of errors, but responded with nine runs on eight hits in the bottom of the first to take a 9-3 lead. Against Bethune Cookman, freshman pitcher Katie Chronister picked up her second win of the season. Kelly Barnhill came in to relieve Chronister in the top of the fifth and recorded three-straight strikeouts to finish the game. Sophomore Brooke Clemens also hit her first career home run in the victory. (Herb Brooks, Florida Gators; Gainesville Sun)

Steve Spurrier donates $100,000 towards UF’s Game Changer initiative: The campaign, which launched in February, is to solicit private donation support for Florida’s planned facilities upgrades. (Rolando Rosa, SEC Country)

Dre Massey’s return: The speedy junior college transfer saw his 2016 season end during Florida’s first game when he tore his ACL. (Robbie Andreu, Gainesville Sun; Tyler Savitsky, Florida Gators)

Tyler Jordan and Florida’s offensive line: Jim McElwain expects a lot from Jordan, who is presently working as a back-up center to T.J. McCoy and competing for a starting guard spot. McElwain hopes that depth, competition, and new o-line coach Brad Davis will help the entire offensive line improve. (Edgar Thompson, Orlando Sentinel)

Austin Appleby on Florida’s current quarterbacks: The former Gator discusses the progress of Kyle Trask and Feleipe Franks, his new roommate. (Ryan Young, SEC Country)

Florida lacrosse drops first away game of the season: The Gators fell to No. 1 Maryland on the road yesterday, 18-8. This was Florida’s second loss of the year, as the Gators dropped their season-opening game to then-No. 1 UNC. (Dustin Ciraco, Florida Gators)

Maria Torres earns SEC Women’s Golfer of the Week honors: Torres won the individual title at last week’s Briar’s Creek Invitational. (Lindsey Spatola, Florida Gators)

Gators hosting top track and field athletes this weekend: Numerous Olympians, and a handful of Olympic gold medalists, will be at this weekend’s Pepsi Florida Relays, along with thousands of collegiate and high school competitors. (Zach Dirlam, Florida Gators; Larry Savage, Gainesville Sun)

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