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Chomping at Bits: Florida softball has winning weekend

And other scores and updates from the past weekend in Gator sports.

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Gator softball starts season with five wins: Florida opened 2018 play at the USF Wilson-DeMarini Tournament in Tampa. The Gators started things off on Friday with a 9-0 victory over Illinois State. Following up on that successful opener, the Gators picked up two wins on Saturday - a 2-0 decision over Michigan, and a 11-0 rolling of Georgia State. The Gators kept things going on Sunday, winning two more games to finish the weekend. Florida started Sunday with another shutout, a 6-0 victory over UAB, and concluded with a 14-3 win over host USF. (Herb Brooks, Florida Gators)

Florida gymnastics defeats Alabama: The Gators now have two of the top five team score totals of the season. Kennedy Baker received her third 10.0 floor score of her career. (Mary Howard, Florida Gators; Jim Harvin, Gainesville Sun)

Florida lacrosse opens season with win: Six true freshman saw playing time in the Gators’ 16-9 opening win over Colorado. (Dustin Ciraco, Florida Gators)

Takeaways from UF men’s basketball’s win over South Carolina: On the Gators playing a well-rounded game, Gorjok Gak and Dontay Bassett, and turnovers and shot clock violations. (Chris Harry, Florida Gators)

On the progress of John Egbunu’s knee injury recovery: Florida men’s basketball trainer Dave Werner discusses swelling setbacks, and notes that Egbunu could potentially need another procedure. (Kevin Brockway, Gainesville Sun)

Gator women’s tennis has mixed results at ITA National Team Indoor Championships: Florida advanced past Wisconsin in the first round, fell to top-ranked Vanderbilt in the quarterfinals, and stumbled against Georgia Tech in their final match. (Kathy Cafazzo, Florida Gators)

Florida men’s tennis splits weekend: The Gators topped Michigan on Friday, and fell to second-ranked Ohio State on Sunday. (Kelly Shipp, Florida Gators)

UF track and field competes at two meets: Florida’s 4x400 relay team ran the fourth-fastest time in history, and redshirt junior AJ McFarland broke his weight throw school record for a third consecutive meet, (Zach Dirlam, Florida Gators)

UF women’s basketball falls to South Carolina: Florida’s last eight SEC games have been decided by ten points or less, but the Gators are only 1-7 over that span. (Kathy Cafazzo, Florida Gators)

Dan Mullen explains calling plays: Florida’s head coach made the remarks in response to a question at the Gators’ National Signing Day speaking event. He explained that he will be the one calling plays, but does seek and welcome input from his assistants. (Ryan Young, SEC Country)

Dan Mullen and Gators participate in Tim Tebow’s Night to Shine event: Florida players and their head coach went to the event this weekend, which celebrates teens with special needs. Alabama quarterback Jalen Hurts also attended. (Joe Clarkin, SEC Country)

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