After taking both ends of a doubleheader Thursday, Florida's offense continued its recent surge by pounding out 13 hits on its way to a 13-2 rout of the Lady Vols at Tyson Park on Friday afternoon.
The contest was halted after five innings due to the eight-run rule. The Gators (32-30, 12-15 SEC) totaled 35 runs in the three-game series, bringing Tennessee's (33-25-1, 8-17) Southeastern Conference season to an end. Rookie Mandy Schuerman evened her record at 7-7 by limiting UT to five hits, while hard-luck Lady Vol junior Stephanie Humphrey fell to 22-19 with the setback. Co-head coaches Karen and Ralph Weekly's squad has dropped 12 of 14 contests entering Sunday's season finale versus Samford. The Gators wasted little time in getting on the board, putting four runs across in the top of the first against Humphrey. Junior Jackie Marchetta poked a leadoff single to right center and was sacrificed over to second base by sophomore Jenilee Garner. An RBI single up the gut from Schuerman brought in Marchetta with the opening run of the contest. Following a stolen base by freshman pinch runner Brittani Houghton, sophomore Mylin Prieto's pop-up to right was secured for out number two. However, a throwing miscue by the Lady Vols on the tag-up allowed Houghton to bring the count to 2-0 for the Gators.
Rowers take SEC Invitational
In the first-ever Southeastern Conference Invitational, the University of Tennessee women's rowing team dominated on their home water and captured the crown. The Lady Vols were victorious in three of the four races on the 1,850m course along the Tennessee River.
The first race of the day featured the Novice 8+ and the UT crew of Jovanna Vick (coxswain), Heather Marshall, Marissa Allen, Holly McDaniel, Carol Weigand, Hilary Gilmore, Tabatha Eaton, Katie Pelphrey and Melissa DiCerbo used a late surge to pull ahead and win in a time of 6:25.12. The club team from Georgia was second in 6:31.14, while the Auburn club team was over a minute behind in third place, clocking in at 7:47.18.
The next event of the morning saw Tennessee drop its only race as the Novice 4+ crew from Georgia crossed the finish line in 7:20.60, just two seconds ahead of the Lady Vols. The Tennessee crew of Tracy Szymula (cox.), Tabatha Eaton, Andrea Bagwell, Shaina Frank and Erin Pemberton placed second at a clip of 7:22.51. Kristin Clark's Tennessee shell of Elizabeth Hoffman, Maegan Speck, Candice Scheffing and Denecia Brown was in third in a time of 7:30.55.
UT softball team falls to Florida, rowing team swipes SEC crown
Published: Mon Apr 29, 2002 | Modified: Sat Aug 06, 2005 04:17 p.m.