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SB: Gators wrap up Bubly Invitational with pair of victories

Photo by Brian Fox / ChompTalk.com

Gainesville, FL- Florida wrapped up the Bubly Invitational on Sunday with their third doubleheader in three days. The Gators defeated both Southeastern Louisiana and Florida A&M by scores of 13-1 (5 innings) and 2-1, respectively. Florida finished the weekend with the best record among the five competing teams at 6-0. North Dakota State and Southeastern Louisiana both finished 3-2, while Longwood went 1-4 and Florida A&M went 0-5.

Game 1

Final: Florida 13, Southeastern Louisiana 1 (5)

Win: Rylee Trlicek (4-0)

Loss: Shelby Sitzman (0-1)

Game Recap

Southeastern Louisiana really struggled in the circle as the Lions went through seven different pitchers in just five innings. Starting pitcher, Shelby Sitzman, had a rough outing, allowing 8 earned runs on six hits and two walks in only two-thirds of an inning.

The hit parade continued for the Gators as they added two runs in the third and three more in the fourth. Four different Florida players had multiple-hit games while ten different players scored at least once.

Sophomore transfer, Charla Echols, went 4-4 with 3 RBIs to extend her season total to a team-leading 18. When asked after the game about her first weekend series at KSP Stadium, Echols said, “it was a lot of fun”, crediting the fans for being “amazing.” Leadoff hitter, Hannah Adams, went 3-4 and designated player, Jordan Roberts, went 2-3 with a pair of doubles and 4 RBIs.

Freshman left-hander, Rylee Trlicek, earned her fourth win of the season, allowing no runs on five hits and three strikeouts in three innings pitched. Danni Farley took the circle in the fourth but was yanked after facing just three batters, one of which roped a solo home run to left-center. Katie Chronister came in for relief and closed out the rest of the game without giving up any hits.

Game 2

Final: Florida 2, Florida A&M 1

Win: Elizabeth Hightower (3-0)

Loss: Nadia Zenteno (0-3)

Save: Natalie Lugo (2)

Game Recap

After allowing a lead-off home run to Jamesia Stoudemire, Elizabeth Hightower settled in nicely for Florida. The sophomore right-hander lasted four innings, giving up one earned run on two hits, one walk and six strikeouts.

Natalie Lugo came in for relief in the fifth inning and threw three scoreless innings while striking out five Rattlers to pick up her second save of the season.

Florida’s offense got out to a sluggish start, but the Gators woke up in the third inning when Hannah Adams hit a lead-off home run to right field. Several batters later, Jordan Roberts drove in her fifth run of the day on a single up the middle to give Florida a 2-1 lead. Florida would maintain that lead for the remainder of the game.

Despite earning the loss, Rattlers starting pitcher, Nadia Zenteno, pitched a complete game while allowing two earned runs on six hits and three walks. Florida made plenty of solid contact, however, striking out zero times.

Notable Stats:

  • Kendyl Lindaman extends her hitting streak to 11 games
  • Rylee Trlicek has a perfect 4-0 record to begin her career as a Gator
  • Charla Echols went 5-7 on the day with 3 RBIs and 3 runs scored
  • Florida left a combined 16 runners on base
  • Florida struck out a combined 15 batters, while only striking out themselves 3 times

Looking Ahead

Florida plays one more home game on Wednesday against Jacksonville before traveling across the country to Palm Springs, California, for the Mary Nutter Collegiate Classic next weekend.

There, the Gators will face several tough opponents including Arizona, Northwestern, Arizona State, UCLA and Nebraska. When asked about the transition from playing less skilled opponents this weekend to facing higher skilled opponents next weekend, Florida head coach, Tim Walton, said he thinks the Gators will have no problem “adjust[ing] back to where [they] need to be for next weekend.” Walton went on to mention how the “key is for [Florida’s] pitchers to keep the opponent to under two runs.”

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