Argonaut Weekly: February 22-28
PENSACOLA, Fla. – Basketball season is winding down as both the West Florida men’s and women’s teams have one more regular season game left. The UWF baseball and softball teams are facing tough competition as they prepare for their conference openers in March, and the tennis teams also got started with wins over a Gulf South Conference foe. Finally, the UWF men’s golf team had another solid tournament performance, and the Argonauts women’s team teed off its spring season yesterday in Birmingham, Ala.
ARGONAUTS OF THE WEEK
Amy Drake (Niceville, Fla./Winthrop) of the UWF women’s basketball team became the ninth player in school history to join the 1,000-point club on Saturday at Lambuth. The senior guard converted a three-point play early in the second half, giving her 1,000 points in just three seasons at UWF. With one game left in the regular season, she ranks eighth in school history with 1,008 career points, third in assists with 289, and second in three-point field goals with 129.
This season Drake is averaging 16.2 points per game, ranking her fifth in the Gulf South Conference and first among all East Division players. Drake also ranks third in the GSC in assists per game (4.6) and first in free throw percentage (.883).
Jillian Lafrance (Calgary, Alberta/Charleston Southern) was again instrumental in a successful tournament weekend for the Argos, tossing 42 innings in six complete games for a 5-1 record. The senior is now 8-2 on the season, while UWF improved to 9-2 with the victories. Lafrance dominated opponents for two shutout victories over Florida Tech and Eckerd, while her key performance came in an eight-inning win over Saint Leo in which she allowed just one run to score on two hits, punching out 14 batters. She finished the weekend with a 1.83 ERA, 48 strikeouts, walking just six.
Lafrance has thrown a total of 67.1 innings in the young season, fanning 82 total batters and posting a 1.35 ERA. Her opponents hit just .213 against her, and she has helped her team to outscore all opponents 57-22 in 11 games. The senior also holds a .359 batting average as a result of 14 hits, four for extra bases. She is second on the team for runs batted in, collecting 11 thus far.
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SOFTBALL (9-2, 0-0 GSC)
- 2/19 vs. No. 15 Nova Southeastern: 4-7 L
- 2/19 vs. Saint Leo: 4-1 W (8 inn.)
- 2/20 vs. Florida Tech: 4-0 W
- 2/20 vs. Eckerd: 8-0 W (6 inn.)
- 2/21 vs. Flagler: 7-1 W
- 2/21 vs. Tampa: 9-2 W
West Florida softball went 5-1 at the Eckerd College Triton Spring Invitational in Clearwater, Florida as they competed in regional matchups. The Argos' only loss came to No. 15 Nova Southeastern, as they now have a 9-2 mark on the season. Senior pitcher Jillian Lafrance threw 42 frames, punching out 48 total batters and improving to 8-2 on the season. Her key performance came in an eight-inning 4-1 win over Saint Leo where she allowed just one run to score on two hits, fanning 14 batters. The Argos shutout both opponents on Saturday, downing Florida Tech, 4-0, and defeating Eckerd College, 8-0, in six innings. Sunday was a red-hot day from the plate for UWF, as they exploded with 27 total hits in wins over Flagler, 7-1, and Tampa, 9-2. Junior infielder Karri Bisbee collected a team-high 13 hits over the weekend, while senior first basemen Shannon Miles notched nine RBI in six games, collecting four on a grand slam in the win over Flagler.
The Argos continue their road campaign next weekend in a non-conference doubleheader at Miles College on Saturday, February 27th. First pitch is slated for 1:00 p.m.
WOMEN’S BASKETBALL (13-13, 4-6 GSC)
- 2/18 @ North Alabama: 70-73 L (OT)
- 2/20 @ Lambuth: 67-72 L
The Argonauts finished our Gulf South Conference play with a frustrating 70-73 overtime loss to North Alabama on Thursday. The Argos had chances to win the game on the final shot in regulation and tie the game on the final shot in overtime, but both chances bounced out. Tiffany Williams was the Argonauts’ leading scorer with 15, and Jessie Ivey added 12 points.
The duo of Amy Drake and Dominique Boykins was not enough to stop Lambuth on Saturday, as UWF fell 67-72 on the road. Drake completed a three-point play early in the second half to score her 1,000th point at UWF, but the Argonauts’ comeback bid fell short. Boykins led all players with 25 points, and Drake was not far behind at 19.
The Argonauts have not yet clinched a GSC Tournament berth, but they currently sit in fourth place in the East Division. The only scenario in which the Argonauts would not make it to the tournament is if West Georgia, currently in fifth place at 2-6 in conference play, wins both of their final games against Alabama-Huntsville (Monday) and Valdosta State (Saturday). If that happens, West Georgia would tie UWF for fourth in the division at 4-6, and UWG would advance in a tiebreaker because they would have defeated the first place team in the division, Valdosta State.
UWF will close out the regular season on Tuesday in a non-conference game against Concordia-Selma. Tip-off is scheduled for 5:00 p.m., and the game will be preceded by Senior Day recognition as the Argos’ six graduating seniors (Dominique Boykins, Amy Drake, Jamie Freeman, Jessie Ivey, Caitlin Salak, and Tiffany Williams) will be honored for their contributions for the UWF women’s basketball team.
MEN’S BASKETBALL (10-14, 2-8 GSC)
- 2/18 @ North Alabama: 79-97 L
- 2/20 @ Lambuth: 75-70 W
UWF went on its final road trip of the season, traveling north to play North Alabama on Thursday and Lambuth on Saturday. The Argos fell to UNA 79-97 on Thursday, as the Lions finished the night shooting an impressive 58.5 percent from the field and had three players score 20 or more. Max Hoggard played only 20 minutes due to fouling out, but the forward led UWF with 16 points and was a perfect 6-6 mark from the field. Maurice Thomas scored 15 with seven rebounds, and Peter Connole added 14.
The Argos rebounded with a 75-70 win at Lambuth on Saturday. Thomas scored a career high 28 to lead UWF, and he finished the game shooting 8-14 from the field and 11-13 from the free throw line. Thomas also added six rebounds and five assists for a strong overall performance. Jonathan Jackson also scored 11 off the bench, and Ken Mitchell scored nine points with a team-high nine rebounds.
UWF will close out the season on Tuesday in a non-conference game against Concordia-Selma. Tip-off is scheduled for 7:00 p.m., and the game will be preceded by Senior Day recognition as the Argos’ four graduating seniors (Christopher Evans, Max Hoggard, Jonathan Jackson, Maurice Thomas) will be honored for their contributions for the UWF men’s basketball team.
BASEBALL (9-5, 0-0 GSC)
- 2/16 vs. Northwest Missouri State: 12-1 W
- 2/17 vs. Northwest Missouri State: 9-0 W
- 2/18 vs. Northwest Missouri State: 14-2 W
- 2/20 vs. No. 4 Southern Arkansas (DH): 1-5 L, 4-6 L
- 2/21 vs. No. 4 Southern Arkansas: 7-8 L
It was a tough week for the West Florida baseball team as they fell to 9-5 on the season after a 3-3 performance on the week. In a mid-week series against Northwest Missouri State the Argos took down the Bearcats in a clean three game sweep, outscoring the opponents 35-3. It was a great series in which the team had three players bat over .500, including Jack Materne’s 7-for-11, six RBI performance over the three game span. The weekend brought No. 4 Southern Arkansas to town in what proved to be the Argos’ biggest test of the season thus far. Trouble on the defensive side of the ball plagued the Argos in all three games as they fell 5-1 and 6-4 in Saturday’s doubleheader and 8-7 in game three on Sunday.
This week the Argos will have another tough test in front of them as they travel down to central Florida to take on No. 2 Florida Southern. The Moccasins will enter the series a perfect 11-0 on the season having outscored their opponents 130-45. They are led offensively by their shortstop Wade Kirkland who is batting .467 with two homeruns and 16 RBI. They boast six players with double-digit RBI through 11 games and have belted 14 homeruns as a team. As a staff their pitchers have combined for a team 3.66 earned run average and are led by ace Gus Schlosser with a 2.25 ERA in 20 innings on the mound.
- 2/15-16 @ Matlock Collegiate Classic: 4th of 15 teams
Following an excellent performance at the first tournament of the 2010 spring season, the West Florida men’s golf team placed fourth overall at the Matlock Collegiate Classic hosted by Florida Southern last week, finishing the tournament with an 884 overall. The highly competitive tournament included nine teams in the top-25 of the nation according to the Golf World/Nike Division II Coaches’ Poll, and only three ranked teams were able to beat out the Argonauts, including tournament winner No. 3 Georgia College & State who finished with an 863. Freshman Blake Olson also extended his top-5 individual finishes to two in a row after ending the tournament in third place, shooting a four under 212 and ending just two strokes off the individual winner.
Argonauts will take a full month off from tournament play before continuing on March 14-16 when they travel to Gulf South Conference opponent No. 12 Valdosta State’s tournament, the Southeastern Collegiate, being held at Kinderlou Forest in Valdosta, Ga.
- 2/21-22 @ Ann Rhoads Classic
The West Florida women’s golf team began its first tournament of the 2010 spring season with a solid first round, leading the Division B field of the Ann Rhoads Classic by seven strokes after the first day with a combined score of 328. Three Argonauts cracked the top-10, with sophomore Jenny Lines finishing low for the team after carding a 79 and is in a tie for fourth. Junior Bhavna Shetty sits in 7th place after an 81, and senior Natalia Espinosa in 10th with an 83. The tournament concludes on Monday, with the final round beginning at 8:30 a.m.
MEN’S AND WOMEN’S TENNIS
- 2/20 @ West Alabama: Men 8-1 W, Women 9-0 W
Both teams opened their 2010 spring season on the road this past weekend, when the No. 7 West Florida men’s and women’s tennis teams (1-0, 1-0 GSC) visited unranked West Alabama (3-3, 0-1 GSC) to take down the Gulf South Conference rival. The men took the match with an 8-1 score in Livingston, Ala., dropping only one match in the doubles action and winning every singles match in straight sets to open the season with a winning record. On the women’s side, the Argonauts did not drop one game in doubles action, and dropped only six games in all six singles matches combined to defeat the Tigers 9-0.
The Argonauts will hit the road again this week when they travel to Southern Mississippi February 24th before hosting their first home match of the season against Columbus State February 25th.
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THIS WEEK’S UWF ATHLETICS SCHEDULE
Monday, February 22
W. Golf @ Ann Rhoads Classic (at Birmingham, Ala.; Timberline Golf Club)
Tuesday, February 23
W. Basketball vs. Concordia-Selma 5:00
M. Basketball vs. Concordia-Selma 7:00
Wednesday, February 24
M. Tennis @ Southern Mississippi (at Hattiesburg, Miss.) 2:00
W. Tennis @ Southern Mississippi (at Hattiesburg, Miss.) 2:00
Thursday, February 25
W. Tennis vs. Columbus State 2:00
M. Tennis vs. Columbus State 2:00
Friday, February 26
M. Tennis vs. Hawai’i Pacific 10:00
Baseball @ Florida Southern (at Lakeland, Fla.) 6:00
Saturday, February 27
Softball @ Miles (DH) (at Birmingham, Ala.) 1:00
Baseball @ Florida Southern (DH) (at Lakeland, Fla.) 1:00
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