SB: Lugo tosses complete game, Gators win 2020 opener

Final: Florida 4, Illinois State 1

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Florida kicked off its 2020 season on Friday night with a 4-1 win over Illinois State in the USF-Rawlings Invitational in Tampa.

Illinois State got out to an early lead when Alyssa Wiebel’s 2-out double in the top of the first inning knocked in a run.

The Gators answered in the second inning with a bases loaded hit by pitch and walk. Charla Echols followed that up with an opposite-field double that drove in two more runs to give Florida a 4-1 lead.

After a shaky first inning, Florida pitcher Natalie Lugo settled in nicely. Lugo struck out 11 while allowing 5 hits and no walks.

Florida couldn’t get much going offensively after the second the second inning, recording just one hit the rest of the game. On the bright side, the Gators drew 6 walks and 2 hit by pitches, while only striking out once.

Florida will face Fresno State and No. 17, Michigan, in a double-header tomorrow.

W : Lugo (1-0)
L : Fox (0-1)

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