GAINESVILLE, Fla. -- Senior Kelsey Stewart went 3-for-3 and junior Delanie Gourley picked up her 10th win of 2016 as No. 1 Florida shutout No. 16 Tennessee, 3-0, to sweep its first SEC series of the season. The Gators (30-1/5-1 SEC) swept the Volunteers (21-8/3-3 SEC) for the first time since May 6-8, 2011.
This was eighth time in school history that Florida completed a three-game sweep of Tennessee. In addition, Florida recorded its first SEC sweep since April 24-26 of last season against Texas A&M.
UF allowed just two runs this weekend, marking the fewest Florida allowed Tennessee to score in a three-game set since these two schools met in 2009.
After Florida was held scoreless in the first two innings, Stewart took matters into her own hands in the third. The senior led off with a single, stole second base, moved to third on a groundout, and came into score on a wild pitch.
Stewart continued her impressive day in the fifth when she notched a two-run single up the middle to extend the Florida lead to 3-0. Sophomore Nicole DeWitt and junior Justine McLean found their way into scoring position on a single and a Tennessee error to setup Stewart for the RBI opportunity.
Junior Delanie Gourley (10-0), who threw seven shutout innings to go along with eight strikeouts, allowed just one Tennessee base runner to get into scoring position all afternoon.
Florida will travel to Baton Rouge, La. to face LSU in a three-game series next weekend. The action begins Friday with a doubleheader at 5:00 p.m. ET. Live streaming will be available to subscribers on SEC Network+ via WatchESPN.