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Argonaut Weekly: May 3-9

Photo by Al Zacharka
Photo by Al Zacharka

PENSACOLA, Fla. – The postseason has arrived for all of the University of West Florida spring teams.  The No. 12 UWF men’s golf team teed off today in the first round of the NCAA South / Southeast Super Regional in Wilson, N.C., and the No. 30 Argonauts baseball team has started the Gulf South Conference Tournament today in Cleveland, Miss.  The softball team went 2-1 in the rain-shortened GSC Tournament in Southaven, Miss. over the weekend.  Finally, both the UWF men’s and women’s tennis teams will start NCAA regional play this weekend in Miami Shores, Fla.

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MEN’S GOLF
The No. 12 West Florida men’s golf team will enter the NCAA Division II Men’s Golf Championships as the No. 4 seed from the South Region, it was announced last week.  The Argonauts will compete among the top 10 teams and four individuals from both of the South and Southeast regions at the NCAA Super Regional, hosted this year by Barton College at the Wilson Country Club in Wilson, N.C. on May 3-5.

UWF is one of 80 total teams to earn an NCAA postseason bid, as 10 teams from each of the eight regions in Division II will advance to the postseason.  Joining those teams will be the top four individual qualifiers from each region representing schools that did not earn a postseason berth.  The top five teams and top two individuals from each super regional, regardless of region, will advance to the finals at The Sagamore Club in Noblesville, Ind. on May 18-21.

The Argonauts placed 11th at the NCAA South/Southeast Super Regional last season, but just two years ago in 2008 UWF claimed its second national championship in school history.  West Florida is coming off a second place finish at the GSC Championships, matching the team’s highest finish of the year at the Golfweek Division II Spring Invitational.


MEN’S AND WOMEN’S TENNIS
The UWF men’s and women’s tennis teams both earned a 14th straight trip to the NCAA Tournament, it was announced last week.  The No. 9 UWF men’s team will be facing Gulf South Conference opponent Harding in the first round, while the No. 10 UWF women’s team will face off with Rollins in the first round.  Both the Argonauts men’s and women’s teams will be going to Miami Shores, Fla. to Barry for the preliminary rounds.

The Argos men’s team has reached the NCAA postseason 14 straight seasons dating back to 1997, highlighted by eight trips to the NCAA semifinals and two NCAA championships in 2004 and 2005.  UWF holds a record of 42-11 in NCAA Tournament play, marking the most wins and the top winning percentage (.792) of any GSC school.

The women’s team is making its 14th straight appearance as well, highlighted by four trips to the NCAA semifinals and one to the Division II championship match in 2007.  UWF holds a record of 36-14 in NCAA Tournament play, marking the most wins and the top winning percentage (.720) of any GSC school.

The men’s team will start on Thursday, May 6 against Harding at 2:00 p.m., while the UWF women’s team will have a bye on the first day and will face Rollins on Friday, May 7 at 9:00 a.m.


SOFTBALL (39-14, 16-11 GSC)
- 4/30 vs. Henderson State (GSC Tournament): 5-3 W
- 4/30 vs. No. 13 Alabama-Huntsville (GSC Tournament): 3-2 W (12 inn.)
- 4/30 vs. No. 2 Valdosta State (GSC Tournament): 6-9 L

The Argonaut softball team completed a long, three-game day at the 2010 Gulf South Conference Tournament on Friday, compiling a 2-1 record on the day. Their highlight win came in the second round, a 12-inning, marathon 3-2 win over No. 13 Alabama-Huntsville. Jillian Lafrance took the tourney by storm, tallying six total hits on the day that included three doubles, while throwing all 12 innings in the defeat of UAH.  Storms swept through the area starting on Saturday, and for the second year in the row the entire tournament was shortened and Valdosta State, the lone unbeaten team remaining, was named champion.

In Friday’s opening round game against Henderson State, Ashleigh Allgood threw a complete game, winning her 16tg game of the season.  Both Allgood and Karri Bisbee starred at the plate, each with two hits apiece.  The go-ahead run came in the seventh, as Allgood doubles and Lafrance came in with a pinch-hit double to the right field gap, scoring Allgood and giving UWF a lead it would not give up.

The second game saw the Argos face storied rival Alabama-Huntsville, and this 12-inning marathon will go down as one of the top matchups between the two.  Both teams scored one in the first, but UAH’s Whitney Hawkins and UWF’s Lafrance dueled each other with scoreless frames into the 11th.  The Chargers’ Beth Lawson hit a leadoff homerun to give UAH a 2-1 lead in the top of the 11th, but Lafrance singled in the bottom of the inning and scored on a Jennifer McKenney single to tie the game again.  After a scoreless frame in the top of the 12th, Bisbee led off the inning with a single, was bunted to second by Melissa Chastang, and came home to score on another Lafrance hit, this time a single through the right side.

The third game of the day saw UWF face Valdosta State in the final game of the winner’s bracket and what would eventually become the GSC championship game.  The Argos out-hit VSU 14-10 in the game, but UWF fell 9-6.  Both teams traded runs throughout the game, but big innings by the Lady Blazers in the first and fifth proved to be the difference.

The Argos will now wait on the official selections from the NCAA regarding the 2010 tournament field.  UWF was ranked No. 5 in the most recent regional rankings, and the top eight teams will advance from each of the eight regions.  The selections will be announced on NCAA.com on Sunday, May 9.


BASEBALL
After torrential thunderstorms in the Millington, Tenn. area Friday night and Saturday the Gulf South Conference office has decided to move the entire 2010 GSC Baseball Tournament to Delta State University in Cleveland, Miss. The city of Millington is experiencing major flooding and homes are being evacuated due to the record rainfall.

The tournament format will remain as scheduled but the event will now start at 9:30 a.m. CT Monday, May 3. The Argos will take on Henderson State at 1 p.m. on Monday in their opening game.

The Argos went 10-7 against teams in the GSC tournament during the regular season, sweeping Alabama-Huntsville, taking two of three from North Alabama, Arkansas Tech, and Delta State, while also splitting a doubleheader with Valdosta State. The only series the Argos lost to a conference opponent all season was No. 4 Southern Arkansas and have not played Henderson State since 2006 when they split a four game series in Pensacola.


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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

Monday, May 3
M. Golf @ NCAA Super Regional (at Wilson, N.C.; Wilson Country Club)
Baseball vs. Henderson State (GSC Tournament) (at Cleveland, Miss.) 1:00

Tuesday, May 4
M. Golf @ NCAA Super Regional (at Wilson, N.C.; Wilson Country Club)
Baseball vs. TBA (GSC Tournament) (at Cleveland, Miss.)

Wednesday, May 5
Baseball vs. TBA (GSC Tournament) (at Cleveland, Miss.)

Thursday, May 6
Baseball vs. TBA (GSC Tournament) (at Cleveland, Miss.)
M. Tennis vs. Harding (NCAA South Regional) (at Miami Shores, Fla.) 2:00

Friday, May 7
Baseball vs. TBA (GSC Tournament) (at Cleveland, Miss.)
W. Tennis vs. Rollins (NCAA South Regional) (at Miami Shores, Fla.) 9:00
M. Tennis vs. TBA (NCAA South Regional) (at Miami Shores, Fla.) 1:00

Saturday, May 8
W. Tennis vs. TBA (NCAA South Regional) (at Miami Shores, Fla.) 8:30
M. Tennis vs. TBA (NCAA South Regional) (at Miami Shores, Fla.) 2:00


For information on all UWF Athletics, visit www.GoArgos.com.

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