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Chomping at Bits: Florida baseball holds off Auburn to win SEC Tournament opener

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Gator closer Michael Byrne set a new school record in the victory.

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Florida baseball wins SEC Tournament opener: The Gators defeated Auburn, 5-4, last night to advance in the league tournament. Florida had jumped out to a 4-0 lead after four innings, but Auburn scored four runs in the seventh to tie the game. Christian Hicks drew a bases-loaded walk in the bottom of the eighth inning to bring home the winning run for the Gators. Florida will next play at 12:00 p.m. on Friday and will face the winner of today’s contest between Arkansas and Mississippi State. (Daniel Apple, Florida Gators; Ryan Young, SEC Country; Gainesville Sun)

Sophomore Michael Byrne set a new Florida record with his 14th save of the season.

Gator softball begins Super Regional play: Florida faces Alabama tonight at 7:00 p.m. for the first game of a best-of-three series with the Tide that will send the winner to the Women’s College World Series. (Jordan McPherson, SEC Country)

Amanda Lorenz, Florida’s leadoff batter: The sophomore is hitting .379 and leads the top-seeded Gators with ten home runs. (Pat Dooley, Gainesville Sun)

Kelly Barnhill named top-three finalist for 2017 USA Softball Collegiate Player of the Year: The winner will be announced on May 30 prior to the start of the WCWS. Only one former Gator has received that honor - Lauren Haeger won in 2015. (Herb Brooks, Florida Gators)

Profile of JJ Schwarz: On the Florida junior finding his swing again. (Ryan Young, SEC Country)

UF women’s tennis players return to courts: Five members of Florida’s national championship team took to the courts again, less than 24 hours after their NCAA title win, to compete in the NCAA Singles Championship. Anna Danilina, Josie Kuhlman and Belinda Woolcock each won their respective opening round matches and will advance to round of 32 play today. (Kathy Cafazzo, Florida Gators)

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