Roundup: Gators grind past Gamecocks in men's tennis

Published: Sunday, March 12, 2017 at 9:28 p.m.
Last Modified: Sunday, March 12, 2017 at 9:28 p.m.

The No. 15 Florida men's tennis team defeated No. 23 South Carolina on Sunday 4-2 at the Alfred A. Ring Tennis Complex.

In doubles play, the No. 4 team of Johannes Ingildsen and Alfredo Perez pulled out a quick 6-2 win over South Carolina's Dennis/O'Keefe. Joshua Wardell and Chase Perez-Blanco followed with a 6-4 win over Friedrich/Schafer to clinch the doubles point for the Gators.

In singles play, Florida took two losses in the second and third positions to give the Gamecocks a 2-1 lead. No. 10 Perez dropped the first set to No. 51 Friedrich, but fought back to take a 4-6, 7-5, 6-2 win to tie up the team score. Ingildsen brought the Gators back in the lead with a quick 6-2, 6-2 win over Alex Fennell, leaving the clinching point in the hands of either Maxx Lipman or Jordan Belga.

Lipman fought a close match against South Carolina's Yancy Dennis, losing the first set 7-5 but winning the second 6-4. At the same time, Belga rolled through USC's Thomas Mayronne in the first set, winning 6-3. With the pressure on his back, Belga was able to pull out a 6-3, 6-4 win over Mayronne to clinch the match for the Gators.

Due to rain, the match was moved indoors.

Baseball: Florida (12-5) overcame a 3-0 deficit to beat Seton Hall 4-3 late Saturday night at McKethan Stadium in game two of a doubleheader. The Pirates (7-8) won the first game 3-2 in 13 innings. Sunday's scheduled game was moved to Saturday night because of the threat of rain.

Senior Ryan Larson hit a pair of solo home runs, the second tying the game in the seventh, and Jonathan India hit a sac fly in the eighth for the winning run. Larson had not homered in his previous 127 games, the longest active streak on the Gators roster.

Sophomore Michael Byrne entered in the ninth with a pair of runners on and got the final two outs for his first career save.

“Tonight’s game was a must-win for us," UF coach Kevin O'Sullivan said. The Gators host Florida State at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday.

Indoor Track and Field: The Gators track and field team now enters the outdoor season after finishing second to Texas A&M men in the NCAA Championships on Saturday night. The UF women tied for 14th.

Winning titles for the Gators were KeAndre Bates in the long jump and Grant Holloway in the 60-meters hurdles. Winning silver medals were Bates in the triple jump, Yanis David in the women's triple jump and the men's 4x400 relay team (Kunie Fasasi, Holloway, Eric Futch and Ryan Clark)

"We made some mistakes," UF coach Mike Holloway said. "DQ in the 400 hurt us, didn't do as well (as we could have) in some other areas. But I can't take away from what (Texas A&M head coach) Pat Henry and his staff did. They came in here and did what they had to do. They're the national champions.

"I'm going to put this on me and my staff. We just have to prepare a little bit better. I'm pleased with the overall effort. We just came up a little bit short today. Great job by Grant Holloway today. Clayton (Brown, fifth in high jump) did a great job. Yanis second in the triple jump. It was a great day for us. A lot of people would like to be second."

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