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Alabama Crimson Tide Baseball. When Florida heads to Tuscaloosa for their weekend series with Alabama, it will be the first time since 2011 these two schools have met on the baseball diamond. That last series was held at McKethan Stadium in Gainesville, and the Gators ended up sweeping the Tide. There’s a lot on the line. Florida could basically put Alabama out of contention in the SEC with a sweep, but Bama could also take over first place in the SEC with a sweep of their own.
Aaron Rhodes’ Accolades. Sophomore righty Aaron Rhodes had a pretty big Monday. After winning his first SEC Pitcher of the Week, he followed that up with being named the Louisville Slugger National Player of the Week. Rhodes pitched an outstanding game Saturday, allowing only one hit in Florida’s first complete game by a starter. He only allowed three baserunners all day and retired the last 18 Tigers that came to bat. He also struck out six Mizzou batters.
Six Gators Associated with WNBA. Between four players and two coaches, Florida has a nice group in the WNBA right now. Veterans Aneika Henry (New York Liberty) and Delisha Milton-Jones (Atlanta Dream) are on their team’s training camp rosters and Jaterra Bonds and Jennifer George are making their camp debuts with the Indiana Fever. Florida also has a couple coaches in the WNBA with Bridget Pettis starting her first year as an assistant coach with the Tulsa Shock after playing in the league for eight years and coaching for another five. Carol Ross is in her third season as head coach of the Los Angeles Sparks. Ross is UF’s all-time winningest coach for women’s basketball.
Women’s Golf Receives NCAA Bid. Florida will compete in the NCAA Central Women’s Golf Regional tournament as the seven seed. The No. 20 Gators will also have four other SEC teams competing with them. The championships occur May 20-23 in Tulsa, OK. (GatorZone)