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The weekend draws near as we pass through the midweek and enter another Thursday in the Gators Nation. Wednesday saw four teams in action, with two emerging victoriously from their battles, while one dropped a disappointing loss and another continues to grind away in postseason play. Here is a look at the latest from Gators sports.

Men’s golf

The No. 17 men’s golf team wrapped up the first day of play at the 2021 SEC Championship on Wednesday, finishing 6-over par and tied for ninth at the conclusion of the first round. It was the first postseason appearance for five of Florida’s players, who held their own including freshman Joe Pagdin. Competition continues Thursday until Sunday with today’s round starting at 9 a.m. EDT.

Women’s tennis

The No. 11 women’s tennis team — seeded No. 2 in the tournament — came up short against the No. 7 seed South Carolina Gamecocks yesterday, falling 4-1 in the SEC Tournament’s quarterfinal round, ending its seven-match winning streak and its SEC title hopes. The Gators now await its NCAA seeding which will be announced on May 3.

Softball

The third-ranked softball squad shut out the Florida Gulf Coast Eagles on Wednesday, 3-0, to earn head coach Tim Walton his 950th career victory over the course of his career as the skipper of a collegiate softball team. Walton has an overall record of 950-241 over 19 seasons and holds the nation’s highest win percentage (.798) among active NCAA DI head coaches. The Gators next host South Carolina this weekend for a three-game set, starting on Friday at 6 p.m. EDT.

Men’s tennis

Last, but certainly not least, the top-ranked men’s tennis team — seeded No. 1 in the tournament — outlasted Mississippi State, 4-2, on Wednesday to advance to the Southeastern Conference Men’s Tennis Tournament Semifinals against No. 8 Texas A&M today. First serve is scheduled for 4 p.m. EDT

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