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Chomping at Bits: Gator softball downs top-ranked ‘Noles with walk-off win

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Florida shut out FSU in front of a record home crowd.

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No. 3 Florida softball takes down No. 1 Florida State: The Gators defeated their 16th ranked opponent of the season with their 1-0 victory over the ‘Noles. Kayli Kvistad drove home Justine McLean in the only, and most important, run of the evening in the seventh. The Gators got the best of the Seminoles in front of a record crowd of 2,547, and shut out FSU for the first time in 29 games. That’s also Florida’s ninth shut out of a top-25 opponent this season. (Herb Brooks, Florida Gators; Jim Harvin, Gainesville Sun)

Gator baseball begins series with Vanderbilt: Florida is on the road in Nashville for a three-game series with the Commodores, which starts tonight at 9:00 p.m., and will air on ESPNU. Faedo Friday is Faedo Thursday this week. (Daniel Apple, Florida Gators)

Florida catcher Mike Rivera suffers broken hand: The junior broke the hamate bone in his right hand during Tuesday’s win over Florida State. Kevin O’Sullivan expects Rivera to be out for four weeks. (Gainesville Sun)

Michael Okauru joins 2017 men’s basketball class: The 6’4” guard signed his letter of intent yesterday. (Denver Parler, Florida Gators; Kevin Brockway, Gainesville Sun)

Jim McElwain provides injury update: In addition to quarterback Kyle Trask, linebacker (and former tight end) Camrin Knight also had knee surgery on Wednesday, on his right knee, and is scheduled to have surgery on his left knee in May. Three players who were limited in spring are not likely to be cleared by the start of fall camp - defensive end Jordan Sherit, wide receiver Rick Wells, and tight end and Alligator Army commenter favorite Harry Gornto. (Will Pantages, Florida Gators; Robbie Andreu, Gainesville Sun; Matt Jennings, SEC Country)

Spring defense breakdown: A position-by-position review. (Robbie Andreu, Gainesville Sun)

UF lacrosse defeats Villanova: The Gators notched a 19-9 home victory over the Wildcats yesterday afternoon. (Dustin Ciraco, Florida Gators; Gainesville Sun)

Alex McMurty named 2017 NCAA Elite 90 award winner: The award honors the student-athlete with the highest cumulative grade point average at the final site of each of the NCAA's 90 championship. McMurty is the first Gator of any sport to receive the award. She has a 4.0 GPA in Applied Physiology & Kinesiology- Exercise Physiology. (Mary Howard, Florida Gators)

Coach Cam culture: New Florida women’s basketball coach Cameron Newbauer begins working with his team. (Chris Harry, Florida Gators)

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