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SB: Gators wrap up Mary Nutter Classic with a 6-3 win over Nebraska

Final: Florida 6, Nebraska 3

Photo by Brian Fox / ChompTalk.com

#7 Florida capped off the long weekend with one more win to finish the Mary Nutter Classic with a record of 4-1 (16-2 overall).

Florida defeated Nebraska 6-3 on Sunday to cap the California trip.

For the trip, the Gators defeated three ranked teams (#5 Arizona, #16 Arizona State, #25 Northwestern) with their only loss coming against the number one team in the nation, UCLA in extra innings.

Game Recap

The Cornhuskers got out to an early 1-0 advantage in the top of the first when leadoff hitter, Tristen Edwards, scored on a wild pitch by Florida starting pitcher, Natalie Lugo.

After a shaky start, Lugo settled in nicely through the fifth inning, allowing only two more earned runs on four hits while striking out eight.

In the third inning, Lugo received some run support when Florida finally got its first baserunner of the game. Freshman Julia Cottrill led off the inning with a double to right field and was later driven home on Kendyl Lindaman’s two-out single to left.

The next batter, Charla Echols kept the two-out rally going as she roped an RBI-single to centerfield. Baylee Goddard then drew a walk to load the bases. Nebraska got out of the jam, but Florida took a 2-1 lead.

Florida found some breathing room in the fifth as the Gators scored three more runs on a Charla Exhols sacrifice fly followed by a Jordan Roberts 2-RBI double.

Nebraska was able to cut the deficit to 5-3 in the bottom of the sixth thanks to Tristen Edwards’ 2-run homer to left. Following the home run, Florida pulled Natalie Lugo from the circle in favor of Katie Chronister, who recorded three quick outs to end the inning.

In the top of the seventh, Baylee Goddard scored an insurance run for Florida on Julia Cottrill’s double to the gap in right-center.

Natalie Lugo re-entered the circle for Katie Chronister in the final half inning and retired three straight batters after allowing a leadoff single to secure the 6-3 victory.

Individual Stats:

  • Lugo: 6 IP, 3 ER, 4 H, 1 BB, 8 K
  • Cottrill: 2-3, 2 2B, 1 RBI, 1 R, 1 BB
  • Lindaman: 2-4, 1 RBI
  • Echols: 1-3, 2 RBI (22nd RBI this season)
  • Roberts: 1-3, 2 RBI (20th RBI this season)

Pitching Decision:

  • Win: Natalie Lugo (6-1)
  • Loss: Olivia Ferrell (2-4)

What’s Next:

The Gators will return to Gainesville before hosting Louisiana in a 3-game home series next weekend. Florida’s first SEC series is scheduled for the following weekend at home versus Auburn (3/6-3/8).

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