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Florida Gators softball preview for the Auburn series

The No. 2 ranked Florida Gators softball team went a perfect 4-0 last week and run-ruled USF on Wednesday night to start this week off on a high note.

The Gators take their 27-1 record and 19 game winning streak into a tough home series against number 4 ranked Auburn this weekend.

This weekend the Gators will take on an Auburn team who is 27-3 and 2-1 in conference play.

Entering this weekend the SEC has 10 teams ranked in the top 25 and Missouri is just outside of the top 25 this weekend.

How the teams have fared in conference play:

Florida comes...

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An offer from UF would be huge for Bonitto: Florida Gators recruiting

Last Saturday was a big day for the Florida Gators recruiting class of 2018 as the coaching staff hosted double-digit prospects on campus for the class.

Defensive end/linebacker Nik Bonitto (6-2, 204, Fort Lauderdale, FL. St. Thomas Aquinas) was one of those on campus and he got to speak to several coaches.

“It went well,” Bonitto said of his Florida visit on Saturday. “We toured the school and then got to watch practice. I got talk to all of the coaches like Coach [Randy] Shannon, Coach [Jim] Mac and Coach [Tim] Skip.”

Defensive coordinator Randy Shannon spoke with Bonitto on...

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Florida Gators softball shuts out USF at home

Special report on the Florida Gators softball team:

GAINESVILLE, Fla. – Behind a two-hit shutout thrown by junior Aleshia Ocasio (5-0), the No. 2-ranked University of Florida softball team downed USF 8-0 Wednesday, March 22, at Katie Seashole Pressly Stadium. Today’s afternoon matchup was the second contest between the two squads this season.

The Gators (27-1, 5-0 SEC) recorded their 19th shutout of the season behind solid pitching and a hardworking defense. The offense continued to roll as the team also recorded its third-straight and 11th run-rule victory of the year.

In the...

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Florida Gators impressed Gouraige and his mother on Saturday

This past weekend was a big weekend for the Florida Gators on the recruiting front as several big instate targets were on campus watching the Gators practice on Saturday.

Offensive lineman Richard Gouraige (6-5, 271, Tampa, FL. Cambridge Christian School) was one of those guys on campus and it was a successful visit for the lineman.

“I loved it, it was a great experience,” Gouraige said of his Florida visit. “Talking to Coach [Brad] Davis and Coach Mac made it a great time. We got to sit down with all of the coaches, talk to the players, watch film and then we went to the...

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Sweet 16 preview and more for the Florida Gators: Podcast

GatorCountry brings you a new podcast as we're joined by Zach Hughes who helps us recap the Florida Gators basketball team's Sweet 16 berth, plus preview the game against Wisconsin.

Andrew Spivey and Nick de la Torre ask Hughes what it's going to take for the Gators to beat Wisconsin and also how the Gators big men are playing lately.

Andrew and Nick also recap the Florida Gators football team's latest practices, plus how the diamond sports did this past weekend on the road.

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Manuel likes the Orange and Blue after Florida Gators visit

The Florida Gators have had a lot of prospects on campus for spring practice over the last two weeks and several of those guys have been underclassmen players.

One of those underclassmen was 2020 receiver Leonard Manuel (6-4, 205, Ocala, FL. Vanguard) who visited campus last week.

“It went good,” Manuel said. “We got to watch the practice and after the practice, we got to meet the head coach. After that, they toured us around the field and we got to try on the jerseys.”

While on campus the receiver got to talk to several coaches including his area recruiter Greg Nord who had a...

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Florida Gators gymnastics to host NCAA regional

Special report on the Florida Gators gymnastics team:

GAINESVILLE, Fla.  - The six-team field for the 2017 Gainesville Regional Gymnastics Championships was revealed today. The NCAA Gymnastics Committee unveiled the fields for each of the six 2017 NCAA Region Championships sites Monday afternoon.

NCAA Gainesville Regional competition is set for Saturday, April 1 at 4 p.m. ET in the Exactech Arena at the Stephen C. O'Connell Center

The field for the NCAA Gainesville Gymnastics Regional includes No. 3 Florida, No. 10 Georgia, No. 15 Missouri, No. 30 New Hampshire No. 33 Penn State and...

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Recapping the Florida Gators softball sweep of South Carolina

GatorCountry.com brings you this week’s Florida Gators softball review as the Gators finished the week with a perfect 4-0 record. In this recap, we will break down the past week’s games, plus name a player of the week from the past week.

The Gators went on the road to South Carolina this weekend and swept the series while only allowing one run and also won a midweek game against North Dakota State.

Florida is now 26-1 on the year and head home for the next five games including a weekend SEC series.

Results

Florida defeated North Dakota State 13-0 –...

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Gators take the lead for Martin: Florida Gators recruiting

Saturday was a big day for the Florida Gators recruiting class of 2018 as the coaching staff hosted several big targets for the class.

Running back Asa Martin (6-0, 193, Decatur, AL. Austin) was on campus and the visit lived up to his expectations he says.

“Overall, I loved it, it was everything I wanted it to be,” Martin said of how his Florida visit. “I loved it, we were there for most of Friday and all of Saturday. I got to hang out with the coaches, I talked to most all of them. I got to watch them workout and practice some. I hung out with some of the players and some of the...

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Florida Gators softball no-hits South Carolina for the sweep

Special report on the Florida Gators softball team:

COLUMBIA, S.C. – Delanie Gourley and Aleshia Ocasio linked up for the fifth combined no-hitter in Florida softball history during a 10-0 rout over five innings to complete the sweet over South Carolina Sunday, March 19, at Beckham field. Gourley (11-1) threw four-complete innings while Ocasio took over in the circle to finish the final inning of play.

The Gators (26-1, 5-0...

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Waggoner picks up a spring break offer: Florida Gators recruiting

A lot of schools around the country are on spring break, which gives more prospects on the Florida Gators recruiting board the chance to see the Gators go through spring practice.

On Saturday, defensive end John Waggoner (6-5, 230, West Des Moines, IA. Dowling Catholic) took advantage of that and visited the Gators.

“It was good,” Waggoner said. “We first toured all of the facilities and looked at the academic center which is really nice. Then we went to watch practice, which was very competitive. After that, I spoke with Coach [Chris] Rumph and Coach [Jim] McElwain and that...

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Offense powers Florida Gators softball past South Carolina

Special report on the Florida Gators softball team:

COLUMBIA, S.C. – The University of Florida softball program clinched its 10th straight three-game series over the University of South Carolina with a 13-1 decision in five innings during the second game of the three-game series on Saturday, March 18, at Beckham Field. In 2007 & 2008, the Gators and the Gamecocks played doubleheaders during the midweek between conference weekends.

The Gators (25-1, 4-0 SEC) tallied 13 runs on nine hits while Gamecocks (19-9, 1-4 SEC) managed one run on just two...

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McElwain’s beard and personality impressed Smith on Saturday

The Florida Gators had a rare Saturday practice this weekend and they had several prospects on campus to watch that practice.

Safety C.J. Smith (6-2, 193, West Palm Beach, FL. Oxbridge Academy) was one of those guys on campus and he got to see a lot of things on Saturday.

“It was pretty good, everything went smooth,” Smith said. “We got to tour the facilities, the academic places, talk to the coaches and watch spring practice. They were in full pads and we got to watch a couple of inside runs and a couple of one-on-ones.”

The Gators have hosted Smith before but this was the...

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Florida Gators lacrosse blows out UConn on the road

Special report on the Florida Gators lacrosse team:

STORRS, CT. - The University of Florida women's lacrosse team (7-1) passed its first BIG EAST Conference game test with ease on Saturday, topping the UConn Huskies (3-5), 20-10.

A pair of seven point performances from sophomore attacker Lindsey Ronbeck (five goals, two assists) and senior attacker Mollie Stevens (five goals, two assists) led the No. 3 Gators. Stevens added five draw controls to bring her season total to 49.

The game was a back-and-forth affair for most of the afternoon, until the Gators went on an 8-2 run in the...

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Florida Gators basketball photo gallery from the ETSU win

The Florida Gators basketball team started its NCAA tournament run on Thursday in Orlando when they took on East Tennessee State.

Gator Country was on hand and David Bowie brings you a photo gallery from the Gators win over ETSU that pushed them into the round of 32 on Saturday.

Check out our photo gallery to remember the big moments from the win on Thursday afternoon by the Gators basketball team.

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UF helps itself with Sherwood on Thursday: Florida Gators recruiting

On Thursday, a big target for the Florida Gators recruiting class of 2018 visited campus to see the Gators spring practice.

Safety Jamien Sherwood (6-2, 195, Jensen Beach, FL. High) visited Florida with his coach and got to see a lot of what Florida has to offer.

“It was great, I enjoyed every part of it,” Sherwood said. “When I first got there we went inside the stadium and then met Coach JaJuan [Seider], Coach Kerry [Dixon], Coach [Randy] Shannon, Coach [Chris] Rumph and Coach [Jim] McElwain. Then they took us on a tour and we saw the facilities, the classrooms, and the tutoring...

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Florida Gators softball preview for South Carolina series

The No. 2 ranked Florida Gators softball team started SEC play by going 2-0 against Missouri before Monday’s game was canceled due to rain.

The Gators take their 23-1 record on the road this weekend to continue SEC play in a three-game series.

This weekend the Gators will take on South Carolina who enters with a 19-7 record and receiving votes in the top 25 poll this week.

Entering this weekend the SEC has 9 teams ranked in the top 25 and Arkansas is just outside of the top 25 this weekend.

How the teams have fared in conference play:

Florida comes...

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Florida Gators softball blows out North Dakota State 13-0

Special report on the Florida Gators softball team:

GAINESVILLE, Fla. – Behind career-high afternoons from Janell Wheaton and Chelsea Herndon, the University of Florida softball team defeated North Dakota State University 13-0 in five innings Wednesday, March 15 at Katie Seashole Pressly Stadium.
Junior Aleshia Ocasio (4-0) picked up the start in the circle for the Gators and combined with freshman Katie Chronister (2) to record the third-straight shutout and the 16th of the season.
The Florida offense started blazing hot as the team found itself in scoring position in the first inning...

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Florida Gators basketball set for an interesting matchup with ETSU

Less than 24 hours separates the Florida Gators from tipping off against the East Tennessee State Buccaneers in the first round of the NCAA Tournament.

The 13-seed Bucs have earned a spot in the tournament for the first time in seven seasons in the first year under head coach Steve Forbes. Florida brings nothing but respect in for its competitive mid-major opponent.

“They’ve got a high-major caliber team and I know they’ll prove that tomorrow, that they’re very worthy of being in the NCAA Tourney, of course,” said Florida head coach Mike White. “They’ve got an SEC staff,...

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Condon grew up a UF fan: Florida Gators recruiting

The Florida Gators recruiting visitors list is starting to see more names on it with the Gators going through spring practice now.

On Tuesday the Gators hosted several instate prospects and one out of state prospect in offensive lineman Owen Condon (6-7, 300, Oklahoma City, OK. Bishop McGuiness) who got to see a lot of things on Tuesday.

“It was a really good visit, I was on campus for about six hours today,” Condon said of Tuesday’s visit. “I got to see everything that I needed to see and I got to speak with Coach [Brad] Davis for awhile. I got to watch practice and then we left...

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Florida Gators offer “means a lot” to Milton

The Florida Gators are looking for a quarterback in the class of 2018 and on Tuesday they handed out an offer at the position.

Quarterback Joe Milton (6-5, 222, Orlando, FL. Olympia) was the guy who got that offer from Gators head coach Jim McElwain on Tuesday.

“They offered me during the visit,” Milton said. “Coach McElwain was the coach who gave me the offer. He first told me to think about how I would look in the Orange and Blue and then after that he offered me a scholarship.”

Milton has been very open about how much he wanted an offer from Florida and he explained why...

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No. 3 Florida Gators lacrosse defeats No. 5 Syracuse at home

Special report on the Florida Gators lacrosse team:

GAINESVILLE, Fla. - The University of Florida women's lacrosse team (6-1) took down its fourth ranked opponent of the season on Tuesday afternoon, beating No. 5 Syracuse (7-2), 19-12.

The No. 3 Gators led wire-to-wire, and Florida's lead was never less than three goals after taking a 4-1 lead with 21:48 remaining in the first half.
The Gators were paced by a career-high six goals from sophomore attacker Lindsey Ronbeck on just seven shot attempts. Ronbeck also tied her career-highs with seven points and six ground balls.

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Florida Gators are “number one” for Valentine after his visit

Tuesday was a busy day on the Florida Gators campus as the coaching staff hosted several prospects on campus and they were able to watch practice.

One of those guys was running back Lavonte Valentine (6-2, 190, Melbourne, FL. Melbourne Central Catholic) who got to see a lot on Tuesday.

“It was pretty good, I liked everything about it on both the football and track side,” Valentine said of Tuesday’s visit. “They showed me some of the academics too, it was pretty good. The first thing we did was talk to all of the coaches, and then we toured the Swamp. We got to see the new...

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Watt planning to see the Florida Gators this spring

The Florida Gators have done an excellent job of upgrading the receiver position since Jim McElwain arrived but they’re still looking for that tall and long receiver.

So far in the 2018 class, the Gators offered several guys that fit that bill including receiver Dominick Watt (6-1, 200, Hollywood, FL. McArthur) who says he speaks to Florida regularly.

“I’m still talking to Florida a lot,” Watt said. “I talk with Coach [Kerry] Dixon, Coach [Jim] McElwain, Coach [JaJuan] Seider and really everybody on the coaching staff. They all hit me up at different times.”

Watt picked up...

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Florida Gators basketball tourny preview and more: Podcast

GatorCountry brings you a new podcast as we look at the Florida Gators basketball team's draw in the NCAA tournament and how they match-up.

Andrew Spivey and Nick de la Torre break down what the Gators need to do, plus they look at week two of the Gators spring football practices.

Andrew and Nick also talk about what's going wrong for the Gators baseball team, plus what is going right for the softball team this year.

TRANSCRIPT:

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Florida Gators basketball hungry for an NCAA Tournament win

Unlike most teams that got into the NCAA Tournament on Sunday, the Florida Gators did not throw a party in the locker room or get too excited when it was announced that East Tennessee State would be their opponent.

It should have been a special moment for a team that has not made the tournament in two years, but a poor finish to the season left the Gators with a bad taste in their mouths. Florida players knew it would be a tough week ahead and changes would need to be made to have success in the tournament.

“No one likes losing, so the mood right now is ‘We’ve lost two in a row’....

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Florida Gators softball clinches series against Missouri

Special report on the Florida Gators softball team:

GAINESVILLE, Fla. – The No. 3-ranked University of Florida softball team clinched the series over No. 24 Missouri with a 1-0 victory in game two behind a strong pitching performance from sophomore Kelly Barnhill Sunday, March 12 at Katie Seashole Pressly Stadium.

Barnhill (9-0) scattered three hits and recorded 12 strikeouts on just 84 pitches in the complete-game effort that secured the Gators (22-1, 2-0 SEC) 15th shutout of the season in just 22 games.

Missouri (11-10, 0-2 SEC) never managed to move a runner into scoring...

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Corbin excited about his UF offer: Florida Gators recruiting

The Florida Gators recruiting class of 2018 is looking to add two running backs and they’re also looking to add speed at the position and that was noticeable in the last two offers.

Two weeks ago the Gators offered speed back Lavonte Valentine and last week the staff offered running back Jashaun Corbin (6-0, 191, Melbourne, FL. Holy Trinity) who heard the news from receivers coach Kerry Dixon.

“Coach Dixon was the coach the one who told me about the offer,” Corbin said. “He’s been to my school before and we met in January so we’ve been keeping in touch. So him, Coach [JaJuan]...

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Florida Gators lacrosse defeats Stony Brook at home

Special report on the Florida Gators lacrosse team:

GAINESVILLE, Fla. - The University of Florida women's lacrosse team (5-1) defeated No. 7 Stony Brook (5-1) soundly on Saturday afternoon, 22-14.

No. 3 Florida used a 9-0 run going into halftime to build a lead of 15-5, which the previously undefeated Seawolves were unable come back from in the second half.

The 22 goals scored by the Gator offense were the most Stony Brook had allowed in a game all season, with the previous high being just 10. Stony Brook entered Saturday ranked third in the NCAA in only allowing 6.4 goals per...

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Florida Gators softball opens SEC play with a Win

Special report on the Florida Gators softball team:

GAINESVILLE, Fla. – Behind Delanie Gourley's third complete-game one-hitter, the No. 3-ranked University of Florida softball team opened Southeastern Conference play with a 6-0 victory over No. 24 Missouri at Katie Seashole Pressly Stadium Saturday, March 11.

Florida (21-1, 1-0 SEC) produced its NCAA leading 14th shutout of the season en route to the victory over Missouri (11-9, 0-1 SEC). Gourley hurled a gem as she recorded 10 strikeouts with only one walk and a hit through 24 batters on the day. The Lakeside, Calif....

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