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UNIVERSITY OF WEST FLORIDA SPORTS INFORMATION
Monday, May 10, 2010

ARGONAUT WEEKLY: MAY 10-16

PENSACOLA, Fla. – The NCAA postseason has arrived for the West Florida baseball and softball teams, as the Argos baseball team is heading to Tampa, Fla. for their second NCAA Tournament appearance in school history and the UWF softball team will travel to Valdosta, Ga. for their third consecutive bid.  Meanwhile, the UWF men’s golf, men’s tennis, and women’s tennis teams had their seasons come to an end in regional play last week.

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BASEBALL (36-18, 11-3 GSC)
- 5/3 vs. Henderson State (GSC Tournament): 8-7 W
- 5/4 vs. North Alabama (GSC Tournament): 6-12 L
- 5/5 vs. Alabama-Huntsville (GSC Tournament): 8-3 W
- 5/6 vs. Valdosta State (GSC Tournament): 4-8 L

After going 2-2 in last week’s Gulf South Conference baseball tournament, the University of West Florida will look to rebound with a strong performance at regionals this week. They earned the No. 6 seed and will face familiar GSC rival and 2010 GSC Champion, Valdosta State. This marks UWF’s second NCAA regional appearance and first since 2007.

At the 2010 Morgan Keegan GSC Baseball Tournament last week the Argos got off to a strong start against Henderson State by capturing a close 8-7 victory to open the tournament. North Alabama stopped the Argos in their tracks in game two, pounding out 18 hits in the 12-6 win to send them in to the losers’ bracket. In game three the Argos bounced back to beat Alabama-Huntsville for the fourth straight time this season, 8-3. On day four they would see their dreams of a conference championship come to an end against Valdosta State as their offense was too much to handle, falling 8-4.

On Sunday night the Argos punched their ticket to their second NCAA Tournament appearance in school history. They will travel down to Tampa, Fla. and host University of Tampa for the five day, eight team tournament. Southern Arkansas takes the top seed for the second consecutive year followed by Tampa and 2010 GSC Champion Valdosta State. Florida Southern falls to fourth while Rollins takes over as the No. 5 seed. West Florida will enter the tournament as the No. 6 seed and is followed by Florida Tech and Albany State.

West Florida is scheduled to take on Valdosta State in game one of the tournament at 7:45 p.m. ET at the University of Tampa Baseball Field. This is the fourth time these two teams will meet this season with VSU taking the series thus far, two games to one.


MEN’S GOLF
- 5/3-5 @ NCAA Super Regional: T8th of 20 teams

The No. 12 West Florida men’s golf team finished in a tie for eighth overall after the NCAA South/Southeast Super Regional Wednesday afternoon.  The Argonauts shot an eight-over 292 during the final round to finish with a 54 hole total of 870, unable to pull out a round low enough to move into the top-five to receive a bid to the national championship.

West Florida’s Otto Bonning had an up-and-down ride during the final round on the way to a tie for 14th place individually, highlighted by an eagle on the par-5 seventh hole to shoot a one-over 72. Bonning also sank four birdies, three of which were on his front nine, but experienced trouble on his 12th and 18th holes to shoot an even-par 213 (72-69-72). Sophomore Carlos Rodriguez  started the third round hot, going three-under through his first six holes, but then scored back-to-back bogeys before his round fell to the wayside, ultimately ending with a 78 to finish tied for 43rd overall with a total 219 (74-67-78).


WOMEN’S TENNIS (14-10, 3-1 GSC)
- 5/7 vs. Rollins (NCAA South Regional): 5-3 W
- 5/8 @ Barry (NCAA South Regional): 3-5 L

The No. 8 UWF women’s tennis team advanced to the finals of the NCAA South Regional hosted by Barry over the weekend, but the Argos fell to the host Buccaneers 3-5.  UWF started the tournament with a first round bye, and in the second round UWF topped Rollins 5-3 to advance to the finals.

In Friday’s win over Rollins, the Argonauts fell behind 1-2 after doubles play, but UWF fought back to win four of the six potential singles matches to claim the win.  Barbara Oliveira and Paulina Ojeda each won in straight sets at the No. 1 and No. 2 spots, respectively, over a pair of ranked opponents from the Tars.

Saturday was a different story, as Barry took control on its home court for the 5-3 win.  Taylor Brewster and Jacqueline March won at No. 2 doubles, but the Bucs won the other two to take a 2-1 lead entering singles play.  Barry then went on to win three singles matches to earn the trip to the NCAA Championships.


MEN’S TENNIS (12-11, 3-1 GSC)
- 5/6 vs. Harding (NCAA South Regional): 5-0 W
- 5/7 @ Barry (NCAA South Regional): 0-5 L

The No. 10 UWF men’s tennis team faced two very different foes in the first two rounds of the NCAA South Regional, cruising to a 5-0 win over Harding in the first round but then falling to host Barry 0-5 in the second.  The Argonauts swept the Bisons for the second time this season, led by quick singles victories by Nathan Rosenfeld and Mike Lue.

In Friday’s semifinal match, it was Barry that went on to victory, defeating the Argonauts 5-0.  Kevin Ducros and Leandro Ferreira put up a fight at the No. 1 doubles spot, but ultimately fell 8-5.  The Bucs went on to defeat Ouachita Baptist in the regional finals to earn a spot in the NCAA Championships.


SOFTBALL (39-14, 16-11 GSC)
For the tenth time in program history, West Florida softball has earned a bid to the NCAA regional tournament, as it was announced Monday morning. The Argos earned their third consecutive at-large bid, this time traveling to Valdosta State and serving as the four seed in the South Region.

Beginning last season, the NCAA split the regional tournaments into two host sites for each region, with the winner of the two sites participating in a three-game super regional series the following weekend. West Florida will be in a field consisting of first seed Valdosta State, eight seed Albany State, and fifth seed Palm Beach Atlantic.

The Argos (39-14) will first take on independent opponent Palm Beach Atlantic (34-11) on Friday, May 14 at 4:00 pm. The Sailfish are making their first-ever NCAA tournament appearance, facing the Argos for the second time this season. The two teams squared off in the season’s opening games at UWF’s regional crossover held in February. West Florida took a pair of 2-1 wins from the Sailfish and enter the tournament after a 2-1 showing at the GSC Tournament last weekend.

The first day of the tournament consists of just a single game for all teams, determining the order of the bracket to be played on Saturday. Depending on the outcome of Friday’s games, UWF will play at either 1:30pm or 4pm on Saturday.


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2009-10 ARGONAUTS OF THE WEEK

4/26Kyle Brown
Baseball
4/19Otto Bonning
Men's Golf
Danielle Kildow
Softball
4/12Karri Bisbee
Softball
Ryan Black
Men's Golf
Tyler Hastings
Baseball

4/5

Kevin Johnson
Baseball

Lukas Larsson
Men's Tennis

Luiza Sonnervig
Women's Tennis

3/29

Dustin Lawley
Baseball

Shannon Miles
Softball

Barbara Oliveira
Women's Tennis

3/22

Ashleigh Allgood
Softball

Daniel Vargas-Vila
Baseball

3/15

Melissa Chastang
Softball

Eric Kroll
Baseball

Andrey Pozhidaev
Men's Tennis

3/8

Taylor Brewster
Women's Tennis

3/1

Natalia Espinosa
Women's Golf

Jason Postill
Baseball

Bhavna Shetty
Women's Golf

2/22

Amy Drake
Women's Basketball

Jillian Lafrance
Softball

2/15

Amber Ingram
Softball

Blake Olson
Men's Golf

2/8

Zach Cates
Baseball

1/18

Jose Davila
Men's Basketball

1/11

Sabrina Stambouli
Women's Basketball

1/4

Max Hoggard
Men's Basketball

12/14

Ken Mitchell
Men's Basketball

12/7

Amy Drake
Women's Basketball

11/30

Dominique Boykins
Women's Basketball

Maurice Thomas
Men's Basketball

11/23

Shameka Gordon
Women's Soccer

Jonathan Jackson
Men's Basketball

Tiffany Williams
Women's Basketball

11/16

Courtney Jones
Women's Soccer

Jamie Nichols
Volleyball

11/9

Frank Cope
Men's Soccer

Lindsay Homme
Volleyball

11/2

Shakira Duncan
Women's Soccer

Patricia Gandolfo
Volleyball

10/26

Kara Gonzalez
Volleyball

Eddie Pagan
Men's Cross Country

Jordan Stone
Women's Soccer

10/19

Valissia Brathwaite
Volleyball

Richard Dixon
Men's Soccer

10/12

Donald Davis
Men's Cross Country

Shakira Duncan
Women's Soccer

10/5

Kevin Ducros
Men's Tennis

Leandro Ferreira
Men's Tennis

Bailee Hedstrom
Women's Cross Country

9/28

Patricia Gandolfo
Volleyball

Jenny Lines
Women's Golf

Kaley Morris
Women's Soccer

9/21

Tyler Bowman
Men's Cross Country

Jay Mainville
Men's Soccer

9/14

Kimberly Clark
Volleyball

Dernelle Mascall
Women's Soccer

9/7

Shaneka Gordon
Women's Soccer

Megan Steinocher
Women's Cross Country

8/31

Paul Willoughby
Men's Soccer


THIS WEEK’S UWF ATHLETICS SCHEDULE

Thursday, May 13
Baseball vs. Valdosta State (NCAA South Regional) (at Tampa, Fla.) 7:45 ET

Friday, May 14
Baseball vs. TBA (NCAA South Regional) (at Tampa, Fla.)
Softball vs. Palm Beach Atlantic (NCAA South Regional) (at Valdosta, Ga.) 4:00 ET

Saturday, May 15
Softball vs. TBA (NCAA South Regional) (at Valdosta, Ga.)
Baseball vs. TBA (NCAA South Regional) (at Tampa, Fla.)

Sunday, May 16
Softball vs. TBA (NCAA South Regional) (at Valdosta, Ga.)
Baseball vs. TBA (NCAA South Regional) (at Tampa, Fla.)


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